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130 William, one of this year's NYCxDESIGN Award winners (The Corcoran Group) 130 William, one of this year's NYCxDESIGN Award winners (The Corcoran Group)
Every May, the NYCxDESIGN Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to a celebration of the creativity and ingenuity of the city’s architects and interior designers. Highlights include special exhibitions, student showcases, studio and museum tours, workshops, and parties. 6sqft offered their highlights before this year’s festival began on May 18, and a full schedule may be found here.

One of the earliest and most anticipated events was the NYCxDESIGN Awards, which honor outstanding products and projects from kitchen fixtures to full buildings. The winners will be published in Interior Design magazine and celebrated among the design community. Virtual ceremonies took place during the pandemic; however, this year’s event offered the best of both worlds by assembling nominees in person and livestreaming the event for design enthusiasts who could not attend. Below, see the residential building winners and finalists.


Building Facade

Developed by Oved Group and Nexus Building Development Group | Design by Morris Adjmi Architects
No current availabilities

185-Mulberry-Street-01 The Grand Mulberry (Nexus Building Group)
The Grand Mulberry is a new addition to the Nolita streetscape, but the textured masonry facade, red brick, and slim cornice pay respectful tribute to the historic neighborhood. When it was named the winner, NYCxDESIGN Executive Director Ilene Shaw described it as "contextual yet unmistakably modern," which would appear to sum up Morris Adjmi Architects' aesthetic in any setting.

Residential Lobby/Amenity Space

Developed by Related | Amenity design by MAWD
9 availabilities from $5,200/month

455-Tenth-Avenue-01 Office lounge (Related)
The Set was pitched as a residential building with five-star hotel services and a private members' club atmosphere, and Ms. Shaw described it as "a new category of luxe living." In addition to fully furnished, smartly outfitted apartments starting 15 floors up, The Set offers three floors of amenities - one dedicated to health and wellness, one for social experiences, and one rooftop club with an outdoor pool and garden.

Multi-Unit Housing

Developed by Lightstone Group | Design by Adjaye Associates
13 availabilities from $1,500,000

130-William-Street-01 130 William Street (The Corcoran Group)
As the Lower Manhattan skyline gets remade with an array of glassy new towers, 130 William Street stands out for its textured concrete panels and dramatic, oversized arched windows. The arch motif comes through in the lobby and the pool, the latter of which Ms. Shaw couldn't help gushing about when the building was named the winner.

Affordable Housing

Developed by Comunilife | Design by Alexander Gorlin Architects

3401-Third-Avenue-01 El Borinquen (Alexander Gorlin Architects)
In October 2022, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for affordable and supportive housing development El Borinquen took place in the Bronx. The building is immediately distinguished by the colorful panels on the facade, which Ms. Shaw notes were inspired by the flags of Latin America, and the colorful elements continue inside.

Iconic Project

Developed by Macklowe Properties | Lobby design by HLW
31 availabilities from $1,130,000

1-Wall-Street-01 Red Room (HLW)
Amidst the conversion of One Wall Street from the Irving Trust Company's headquarters to the city's largest condo conversion to date, the Red Room's red, orange, and gold mosaic by Hildreth Meière was restored to its former glory. It will be incorporated into the first United States outpost of French department store Printemps.


Building Facade

Developed by Fortis | Design by Hill West Architects
12 availabilities from $1,785,000

30-Front-Street-01 Olympia (Pavel Bendov)
Between its 270-foot height and sail-shaped structure, Olympia stands out in the DUMBO skyline. It was honored as 6sqft's 2022 Building of the Year; most recently, it was honored as a finalist at the NYCxDESIGN Awards.

Developed by Avdoo & Partners Development | Design by INC Architecture & Design
1 availability for $3,450,000

58-Saint-Marks-Place-01 Saint Marks Place (Grain London)
In a part of Brooklyn best known for its brownstones and rowhouses, Saint Marks Place pays respectful tribute with its sculpted and beveled facade of terra cotta modules. It is further enhanced by a landscaped entrance and outdoor areas.

Residential Lobby/Amenity Space

Developed by Related | Amenity design by Mojo Stumer Associates
11 availabilities from $2,395,000

515-West-18th-Street-01 Lantern House roof deck (Mark Stumer)
In 2021, Lantern House was came away from the NYCxDESIGN Awards with two awards, one for Building Facade and one for Large Multi-Unit Housing. It returned this year with a nod for its roof deck, which features an outdoor pool, lounge, kitchen, dining area, and spectacular views of the Hudson River and Hudson Yards.

Developed by Rockefeller Group | Design by CetraRuddy
11 availabilities from $1,630,000

30-East-29th-Street-01 Rose Hill (CORE Group Marketing LLC)
For their first residential project, Rockefeller Group brought a mix of historic elegance and contemporary cool to NoMad. That mindset was applied to the thoughtfully planned amenities, which include the Blue Room lounge (pictured above), a fully equipped gym, a landscaped courtyard, and a 37th-floor Library Lounge with a billiards table and access to covered terraces.

Developed by Global Holdings Management Group | Amenity design by Fogarty Finger Architects
9 availabilities from $4,191/month

10-East-29th-Street-01 Anagram NoMad library (Greystar)
In October 2021, Anagram NoMad revealed its newly revamped apartments and amenities. These include a gym with a climbing wall and yoga room, a library (pictured above), a dedicated coworking space, a children's playhouse, and a top-floor lounge.

Multi-Unit Housing

Developed by CB Developers, SK Development, and Ironstate Development | Design by Concrete Architectural Associates
20 availabilities from $770,000

547-West-47th-Street-01 547 West 47th Street (Donna Dotan)
On the corner of Eleventh Avenue and West 47th Street, a new condominium has transformed this section of Hell's Kitchen's streetscape. The brick skin and industrial sash windows pay tribute to the neighborhood's industrial history, but the glass-enclosed upper levels bring a modern touch to the building and abundant natural light to the apartments inside.

Developed by RockFarmer Properties | Design by DXA Studio
1 availability for rent for $2,750/month

21-21-31st-Street-01 The Rowan (Redundant Pixel)
Located in the midst of Astoria's building boomlet, The Rowan stands out for its warm brick exterior, oversized windows, and setback terraces starting on the third floor and leading to glassy penthouses on top. Not only has the building been recognized in the design community, but it has proven so popular among buyers that it has broken its own price record.

Affordable Housing

Developed by Breaking Ground | Design by COOKFOX

443-East-142nd-Street-01 Betances (Frank Oudeman/OTTO)
Acclaimed architecture firm COOKFOX brought its signature biophilic principles to Betances, an affordable housing development in the Bronx. The zinc-clad facade makes a striking statement at street level and is underpinned by Passive House design principles that ensure high air quality and optimal energy efficiency.

The Corden, Longwood

Developed by New Destiny Housing | Design by Magnusson Architecture & Planning

East-165th-Street-01 The Corden (Magnusson Architecture & Planning)
At affordable housing development The Corden, a percentage of apartments were reserved for families from New York City's domestic violence shelters. The design is highly appealing at street level, and biophilic elements like natural light and views of green space offer a healing connection to nature.

On the Boards

Developed by Bsafal and Argo Real Estate | Design by Kohn Pedersen Fox

64-Univesity-Place-01 64 University Place (Bsafal)
While the offices that once stood at 64 University Place were of some historic significance, the brick building itself was not among the area's most memorable. The same cannot be said of the condominium that is rising to replace it: Renderings show a classic brick facade, dramatic arched windows on all levels, and a series of private terraces.
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