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118 E 59th Street Residences

Tabanlioglu Architects

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Tabanlioglu Architects
The New Neighbor
Located at the nexus of the Upper East Side and Midtown and only three blocks from Central Park and the prestigious Madison and Fifth Avenue retail corridors, the project offers convenient access to the diverse amenities of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The well-established residential nature of the Upper East Side is characterized by the abundant supply of amenities including grocery markets, commercial banks, restaurants and bars located on most street corners. While the avenues running north and south are usually bustling with commerce and traffic, most Upper East Side cross streets are tree lined and serene.
The luxury condominium tower is approximately 80,000 square feet with 70-75 units on 25 floors, together with a ground floor lobby including shops and restaurants and a separate amenities floor. Reaching approximately 320 feet (100 meters) in height, the design of the tower is a simple and straightforward interpretation / reflection of the programmatic and environmental data.
The beehive like pattern of the facade represents the multiplicity of unit typologies and different unit types where each module represents a vertical cluster of similar units. Being stuck in between three buildings at three sides, the modules enlarge so as the units and have greater openings to the view as the building rises up. This facade pattern is further articulated by creating planar movement generating variations on different unit types.
Also as a method of benefiting functional solutions for esthetics purposes, the façade is perceived as an assortment of boxes; each unique module shall be distinguished from outside due to dissimilar partitions that are reflecting the varying interior form and layout.
Designed for/in a dense city like New York, claiming diversity in the demographic, the Condo building, presenting an alternative model, both economically acceptable and socially viable in the long term, recalls the New Yorker attitude in terms of functionality and modesty by bringing back elegance and simplicity into architectural design, ensuring harmony and respect.
The building is not only intended to be a multi-family housing structure, but as a facility it is also planned to be a pleasant neighborhood. Following the city's zoning requirements for height and massing, the building’s gridded, transparent, clear façade reflects and adjoins the face of New York without being imperative and competitive, on the contrary, participating as a lively and familiar “nowness” in the natural flow.


 New York
 Madison Equities, LLC
 88214 mq
 Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlioglu
 Çağrı Akay, Selcen Karatay, Osman Sümer
 Tabanlioglu Architects


With its long family tradition since 1950’s, spanning over six decades, Tabanlıoğlu Architects is established in 1990 by Murat Tabanlıoğlu (RIBA, Chartered Member, Int'l. Assoc. AIA,) and Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu. Melkan Gürsel (AIA Int.) joined the group as a partner in 1995. Istanbul-based architectural firm demonstrates a professionalism based on rigor and know-how, and searching for new efficiencies in terms of global and environmental needs and developments, the practice is currently engaged in major assignments worldwide, having offices in Dubai, Doha, London and New York with 200 employees. Operating mainly in Turkey, MENASA and CIS Countries, winner of international awards like RIBA International, Tabanlıoğlu works comprise wide range of building types. Respecting resources and existing values, office aims high to benefit new technologies, envisioning needs of people of our era of novelties and rapid changes.

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