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611 west 56th street new york ny 611 West 56th Street. Credit: The Boundary
When Saif Sumaidaa, a partner atSumaida + Khurana, spoke to the Times last month about a new condominium tower his firm is co-developing at 611 West 56th Street, he explained “We care about architecture that’s elemental and not over the top.” With those values in place, the firm working with developers LENY, commissioned Portuguese Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Álvaro Leite Siza to conceive a soaring new condominium tower at the corner of Eleventh and 56th Street on Manhattan's west side . Mr. Siza’s design, “focused on certain elemental components of the building, rather than going for a lot of glitz. He really focused on proportions, the detailing of windows, and the detailing of the stone,” Sumaidaa told the paper.

With the design stage long over, the 447-foot, 37-floor high-rise has capped its highest residential and workers are now forming its monolithic crown to be faced in soft-toned Perla Bianca limestone. The project is Siza's first American development in his remarkable 65-year career. A veteran of the modernist movement. Siza teamed up with the local firm of SLCE and Gabellini Sheppard Associates, responsible for interior design, to produce a crisp, elegant condominium that joins a rapidly-growing bedroom community at the cusp of Midtown West and the Upper West Side.
 
 
 
 
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At the exterior, off-white Perla Bianca limestone, arranged in a subtle patchwork pattern, frames tall, broad windows that open onto sweeping, unobstructed of the skyline and the Hudson River. The tower’s slender dimensions, which measure just 105 by 41 feet, allow for ample sunlight and penthouse-style living in each of its 83 apartments, most of which span from half to full floor.
The architectural career of 86-year-old Álvaro Siza began in the early 1950s, when high modernism, a style noted for expressive, minimal forms, emerged onto the global mainstream. Siza’s austere, sculptural designs, esteemed as some of the finest examples of the movement, earned the architect a Pritzker Prize in 1992. The serene yet assertive West Side condo evokes his signature aesthetic by balancing solidity and transparency.
 
 
 
 
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All apartment interiors feature high ceilings, expansive windows, and custom oak paneled entryways. Kitchens are finished with custom Italian cabinetry, edge lighting, Grigio Nicola marble countertops and backsplashes, and Gaggenau appliance package. Luxurious master suites enjoy incredible natural light and sophisticated baths with radiant heated porcelain tile flooring and walls, underlit custom oak vanities, and custom Corian sinks. Half of the units are reached via private elevator, and a three-bedroom maisonette has two private terraces.

Sales recently launched with one-bedrooms starting at $1.26 million, two-bedrooms at $2.42 million, and three-bedrooms from $4.22 million. Additionally, the maisonette is listed for $7.525 million, and a four-bedroom penthouse is on the market for $11.245 million. At an average price of $2,584 per square foot, this is well above the neighborhood average of $2,067 per square foot (figures per CityRealty data).
 
 
 
 
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611 West 56th Street, ??lvaro Leite Siza, Alvaro Siza, SLCE, M18, LENY Equities, Sumaida + Khurana, condo 611 West 56th Street. Credit: The Boundary

 

The development will feature resident amenities such as a gym with boxing and yoga facilities, a children’s playroom, a kitchen-equipped dining room, a media lounge, and a library. The garden on the fourth floor features landscape design by architect M. Paul Friedberg and a centerpiece sculpture by Siza himself.

 
 
 
 
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The crown makes an elegant skyline statement and fits with the crisp geometries of the stacked, cantilevered blocks at the 42-story Max next door, the sail-like sweep of Bjarke Ingels’ VIA 57 WEST a block north, and the curved and angle forms of the towers at One, Two, and Three Waterline Square three blocks north, which frame a brand new park that faces the Hudson River. These and other recently built apartment buildings along 11th Avenue, such as Helena 57 West, One West End, and 21 West End Avenue, form a growing residential enclave at the junction of Billionaires’ Row on 57th Street, Hell’s Kitchen to the south, and the Upper West Side’s Lincoln Square to the north.

 

The location is at once removed from the frenetic bustle of Midtown and proximate to shopping at Columbus Circle, the cultural venues of Lincoln Center, and the all-season pleasures of Central Park. Other nearby green space consists of the Hudson River Greenway a block west and the DeWitt Clinton Park two short blocks south.

611 West 56th Street view View south towards Hudson Yards and downtown
611-Wst-56th0Stret View east towards central Midtown and 'Billionaire's Row'
611 West 56th Street, ??lvaro Leite Siza, Alvaro Siza, SLCE, M18, LENY Equities, Sumaida + Khurana, condo 611 West 56th Street from the Hudson River. Credit: The Boundary
611-West-56th-Street1 Construction photo September 2019 via CityRealty

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