ReganWood From L to R: Emily Santangelo, Emily Fine Art, David Von Spreckelsen, New York Division President of Toll Brothers City Living and Christian de Portzamparc. Photo: Regan Wood

The Manhattan skyline is forever changed with the addition of a stunning asymmetrically prismatic building made of glass and steel. Toll Brothers City Living’s 400 Park Avenue South will be comprised of luxury condominiums, but residents will feel like they are living in a work of art.

The architect is Christian de Portzamparc, who at the age of 50, became the youngest architect to be awarded the Pritzker Prize. He established his firm in 1980 and quickly rose to international fame.

De Portzamparc recently hosted an intimate Toll Brothers City Living evening where he discussed his inspirations for 400 Park Avenue South.

Fortunately for us, some of these inspirations had been earlier explored in a short film.

De Portzamparc muses that architecture is like “drawing into space.” He sees architecture as an art form. When explaining the building, he remarks, “I saw possibility for volume and 3D shaping… It’s not really a tower, but a gathering of different towers together.”

Indeed the angles are like something New York has yet to see. “We use two types of glass — one for the eastern façade and one for the Northern façade in order to enhance the contrast between the two.”

See more renderings of 400 Park Avenue South below:




The development is scheduled for completion in 2015. Sales for available units range in price from $1,519,990 to $3,569,990.

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