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Centria: 18 West 48th Street: A Case Study

New York, NY

A striking condominium building in the heart of midtown Manhattan offers luxury living for international business executives while staying true to the character of nearby Rockefeller Center.

Situated amid classic Art Deco buildings, Centria is a modern addition to Rockefeller Center. The tower’s tinted glass changes color depending on sunlight, a spectacle for the throngs of people who commute to and visit the neighborhood daily. Residents enjoy full service apartments that maximize space for unwinding after long days or international flights. Designed with easy, comfortable living in mind, Centria’s shared spaces—including a business center, spa, lounge, and landscaped terraces—create community.

Project Facts

  • Client:

  • JD Carlisle Development
  • Size:

  • 160,000 sq. ft.
  • Markets:

  • Residential
  • Region:

  • United States
  • Studios:

  • New York
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    To appeal to high-end clientele, Perkins Eastman worked with the developers to ideate a contemporary living environment in one of New York City’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Relying on combined expertise in architecture and interiors, the team designed 152 one and two bedroom apartments ranging from 800 to 1,000 square feet with deluxe furnishings and all the comforts of a home away from home for international business executives.

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    Centria’s stunning tinted glass exterior responds to shifts in light. Transparent, translucent, and opaque in different parts of the building, the glass provides privacy where needed and unobstructed city views for residents within. When the building opened, it featured the world’s largest commercial application of the glass material.

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    Creating a new tower at Rockefeller Center required careful consideration of the surrounding architecture. The design team examined the nearby Art Deco structures and envisioned the contemporary condominium that would complement them and stand out at the same time. The building’s verticality and stepped terraces pay tribute to bygone architectural eras while the all-glass sloping façades showcase forward-thinking design.

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