Established in 1987, Cetra Ruddy is an award-winning global architecture, planning, and interior design firm driven by design excellence and the creating of one-of-a-kind experiences. For three decades, the firm has led with a guiding principle that architecture and design must engage context and enrich the human spirit. The 100-person firm’s thought leadership stems from a shared passion and spirit of creating, as well as the firm’s diversity of backgrounds and cultures. CetraRuddy’s core beliefs begin with the idea that Architecture Is Home, always seeking out the story behind each building site, their deep historical context, and fresh opportunities to craft innovative solutions and lead clients on their journeys toward building a new legacy.
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Rose Hill, located at 30 East 29th Street, in the dynamic NoMad neighborhood, is a new 45-story residential building that pays homage to the Rockefeller legacy, the neighborhood, and the city’s rich history of skyscraper architecture while looking to the future. An expressive glass and metal façade sources inspiration from the Rockefeller Group’s landmark developments, namely Rockefeller Center, where exterior chevron patterns influence architectural elements throughout. Geometric accents, intricate details, and expansive windows combine to reference a classically Gotham aesthetic, interpreted in a modern vocabulary. Decorative lighting will illuminate the tower’s base and crown to highlight the building’s unique articulation. On the building interiors, residential living spaces are a study in flexibility. Inspired by an artist’s loft, two and three-bedroom apartments are planned to respond to modern living with 8’x10’ flex spaces, designed to evolve with people’s lives. Texture, attention to detail, and celebration of craftsmanship, notable qualities in older buildings, are combined with elemental materials and panoramic views. Art is incorporated throughout the building. Highlights include a sculpted bronze art screen and modern wall mural in the lobby, a resident-owned art collection within a curated library space, and the pool design, which features an elaborate mosaic end wall.
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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Saltmeadow supports a larger revitalization effort to create sustainable homes within the beachside neighborhood of Far Rockaway, Queens. The new development consists of 30 clustered two-family townhouse buildings that respond to the beachside setting and traditional neighborhood context while incorporating modern design elements with resiliency in mind. Ground floor facades, clad in a stone base of quartzite and sedimentary rock, echo the jetties along the shoreline while the incorporation of permeable pavers to reduce runoff and erosion, and flood vents to support walls and foundations in the event of a flood anticipate future extreme events and allow residents to mitigate damage. Inferiors fuse high-quality contemporary finishes with functionality and flexibility. Each home features large windows up to 6 feet, custom-engineered plank floors throughout, and cedar accent walls. Taking advantage of its waterfront location, select homes feature outdoor space and windows oriented to maximize water views.
Oskar, at 572 11th Avenue is a new 183,000 SF, a 13-story modern residential complex located between 43rd and 44th streets near Hudson Yards. The program includes a 3,700 SF entry lobby and courtyard, punctuated by a sky-lit reflective pond, wellness, and fitness center, and a 2,500 SF indoor/outdoor terrace. The building exterior is designed with a terracotta rain screen. On the lower floors, punched windows set within a glazed white terracotta exterior form an angled bay to provide airflow within the building. Upper levels are articulated with a continuous window wall with a metal slab edge accent. A series of indoor/outdoor terraces create green space and direct connections to the vibrant city life. The interior residences are bright, modern, and flexible, with luxurious finishes that complement the architectural aesthetic.
200 East 59th Street
200 East 59th Street is a 152,000 SF, a 35-story mixed-use multifamily residential tower located in the center of Manhattan. The crafted modern design incorporates a bright aesthetic that maximizes natural light and sweeping city views. The project includes a central lobby, a wellness center, indoor/outdoor balconies with views of the hustle and bustle of Midtown East, and a ground floor retail component.
An iconic residential tower uniquely sited on the Manhattan grid, One Madison Park optimizes the urban design opportunity presented by its location. This sculptural building consists of the main shaft of earth-tone bronze glass that references the masonry of the buildings in the surrounding area and that is articulated by a series of asymmetrical, cantilevered white-glass cubes. The tower anchors the base of Madison Avenue and historic Madison Park while engaging in an architectural dialogue with neighboring landmarks and enlivening the skyline. The tower’s dramatic slenderness ratio of 12:1 is facilitated by an innovative structural system that incorporates rooftop liquid mass dampers and shear walls embedded in the building’s core and affords loft-like open planning and striking, unobstructed views from all homes.
Originally built in the 19th century as a book bindery, CetraRuddy is restoring and adapting 443 Greenwich into 53 unique residences. Its design, inspired by original architectural details and the grand proportions of the existing structure, celebrates the original construction while introducing distinctive, crafted details that complement modern materials to heighten its residential adaptation. The design also places an emphasis on natural light, further maximized through the large arched windows, double-height spaces, and views of the lushly landscaped courtyard. Working with the existing structure, residential units are playfully distributed to create individual and varying spaces within the 7+ stories of this building.
Intricately faceted multi-story bronze stainless pilasters frame floor-to-ceiling, articulated metal windows that are carefully proportioned for both the building façade and interior rooms. To maximize views, tall brick parapets were removed and replaced by lower, period-sensitive elements topped by glass railings. Spandrel panels that emulated motifs found throughout the building were custom fabricated with a three-dimensional sculptural pattern. With craftsmanship not seen in more than 80 years, the panels were shaped from bronze-colored stainless steel and metallically-painted formed aluminum plates to reflect the period. A new building crown, inspired by Walker’s original sketches, was constructed in two-toned metal that echoes the original statuary bronze and nickel silver found at the building’s entrance.
ARO – 242 West 53rd Street
Situated in the vibrant, yet dense theater district of Manhattan’s midtown west, the residential tower at 242 West 53rd Street demonstrates a keen awareness of its surrounding urban context, utilizing distinctive approaches in massing, organization, and exterior expression to create a thoughtful approach to contemporary urban living. At 62-stories tall, the building’s massing responds to various site and zoning constraints, revealing inventive solutions that maximize the residential adaptability of the building through increased floor area, direct outdoor access, and amplified views. Shaping of the form reflects changes in unit mixes, with larger units occupying the top of the building and smaller units occupying the bottom. Building amenities, located within the podium, take on a vertical hierarchy by locating the various amenities from short to tall around the tower, resulting in a series of cascading layers on the roofs above each space.
12 EAST 13TH
This former parking garage transformation will offer some of Greenwich Village’s most desirable condos, with eight luxury homes and a ground floor retail space. The 83-year-old building will be remodeled with contemporary touches, which include a four-story glass addition at the top while remaining true to the original early ’30s design. The 5,700-square-foot triplex penthouse on the 10th-12th floors features four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, solid white oak floors, custom vanities made from East Indian laurel wood, and views of the city skyline from every room. Additional amenities include a private elevator, sauna, formal dining room, two terraces, and a showcase glass-and-wood stairwell. Beneath the penthouse, each of the seven residences occupies an entire floor (a nod to the layouts in New York’s first apartment buildings), which allows for spacious loft-style interiors and large windows.
135 West 52ND Street
CetraRuddy illuminates West 52nd Street with the conversion of an existing building into luxury residential condominiums. Located in the heart of Manhattan, and inspired by the energy and excitement of the neighborhood, 135 West 52nd Street’s design is vibrant and modern, reflective of the surrounding urban context.