Healthcare & Research
1214 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, USA
448,400 square feet / 41,600 square meters
This 50-story luxury residential tower rises from the Mount Sinai Medical Center campus at the northern end of the Museum Mile. Set atop a base of medical offices, the tower reaches more than 150 meters (500 feet) in height to become the tallest on the Upper East Side.
Distinct forms and materials differentiate the medical offices at the base from the 250 apartments in the tower. Rectangular in form and clad in cast stone, the 20-story base encloses both medical offices and mechanical spaces. Tall and narrow punched windows with louvers bring daylight into the offices while allowing privacy in the exam rooms. The residential tower is shaped by three interlocking forms, with upper setbacks that enable a landscaped terrace and two levels of penthouse apartments. Contrasting the opaque base, the tower is clad primarily in reflective window wall. Faceted cast stone piers span several floors and horizontal bands of faceted metal add texture.
Finishes in the major common areas draw from a rich palette of wood and warm-toned metals. The walls of the residential lobby are of certified sustainable walnut veneer and include curving and faceted panels behind the concierge’s desk. Lobby floors are of silver travertine. Statuary bronze is used to frame windows, wall panels and back-lit art glass, recalling the sculptures in nearby museums and Central Park. In the amenities lounge, the bar area also has walnut-veneered paneling and a venato travertine hearth.
The building includes several amenities for residents. Many of these features are 20 stories above street level and include a sitting lounge with gas-fired hearth, a screening room, billiards area and dining area, and a fully equipped fitness center with a two-lane lap pool. Opening onto the terrace, the amenities area offer commanding views of Central Park. In addition, a children’s playroom is adjacent to the lobby. Below grade, a garage provides parking and car charging stations. A landscaped drive-through courtyard is a convenient drop-off for the tower lobby and opens the building base to daylight and garden views.
The building sets new standards for sustainable facilities and operations for Mount Sinai. Designed to attain LEED Silver, the building uses 30 percent less water and is 15 percent more energy-efficient than the building code requirements. Sustainable practices include enhanced commissioning and a green cleaning program, firsts for the institution.