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121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Credit: Toll Brothers
May 23rd marked the completion of 121 East 22nd Street, an 18-story, 133-unit Gramercy condominium developed by Toll Brothers City Living and Gemdale USA. The building, designed by Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, is the firm's first ground-up project in a city that, 41 years ago, inspired OMA founder Rem Koolhaas to publish “Delirious New York,” a “retroactive manifesto” that ranks among the most influential works of architectural theory of the twentieth century. Last week, CityRealty reviewed the building’s distinctive exterior; today, we look at the opulent interiors behind the prismatic facade.
121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Credit: Laurian Ghinitoiu
The angled cutaways, which lend an electrifying presence at the corner of East 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue, create an equally immersive experience inside the apartments. Uniform arrays of floor-to-ceiling windows burst into Deconstructivist geometries at the corner, generating unique interior experiences on every floor.
Floor Plan, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale 8th Floor Plan. Credit: OMA
The city’s zoning code drove the architects to conform to conventional structural massing, yet did not deter them from crafting a diverse array of apartment layouts, which range from studios to five-bedroom pads.
Balconies, Courtyard, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Credit: Iwan Baan
Slanted rows of balconies zig-zag around the inner courtyard, forming a volumetric experience unlike any other in the city.
Kitchen, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Credit: Toll Brothers
Time-tested touches, such as Gaggenau appliances, polished quartz countertops, and acid-etched, back-painted glass cabinetry with custom millwork interiors, temper the minimalist geometries of the kitchens.
Master Bedroom, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Master bedroom. Credit: Toll Brothers
Broad, square windows channel ample sunlight into the apartments.
Master Bathroom, Marble, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Credit: Toll Brothers
Master Bathroom, Marble, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Credit: Toll Brothers
The bathrooms balance stark modernism with luxuriant finishes, which include marble countertops, bookmatched Calacatta Paonazzo marble panels at the walls and tub decks, white oak cabinetry, polished chrome Kallista fixtures, and acid-etched glass shower doors.
Lobby, Minimalist, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Lobby. Credit: Toll Brothers
Lounge, Common Area, Amenities, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Resident lounge. Credit: Toll Brothers
Swimming Pool, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Swimming pool. Credit: Iwan Baan
The stylistic theme of sumptuous minimalism extends to resident amenities, which include a round-the-clock attended lobby, a lounge, a private dining room with a catering kitchen, a fitness center, a screening room, an indoor pool, and a children’s playroom.
High-Rise Rooftop Outdoor Terrace, 121 East 22nd Street, OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu, Rem Koolhaas, Toll Brothers, Gemdale Street-facing terrace. Credit: Toll Brothers
The landscaped courtyard, cozily nested at the “valley bottom” of the angled courtyard canyon, provides quiet seclusion from the bustling city, while the fire pit and grill at the rooftop terrace expose residents to panoramic views of a metropolis that Rem Koolhaas codified, celebrated, and elevated on the pages of “Delirious New York.”

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