Modern Classic Living: 5 Robert A.M. Stern Buildings that Define Manhattan Luxury

Side by side renderings of 220 Central Park South, with the new rendering on the left.

Rendering comparison via The Real Deal

220 Central Park South just got a new rendering, and it looks as promising as ever. Understandably, many industry experts expect it to be the most sought-after condominium around Billionaires’ Row upon its completion; in addition to its ultra-luxe finishes and amenities, residents will also enjoy exclusive views of Central Park. Naturally, a building of this caliber needs architecture to match, so Vornado Realty Trust tapped renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern to draft its skyline-defining design.

Mr. Stern’s work is synonymous with modern New York luxury — in addition to highly anticipated projects like 20 East End Avenue and 520 Park Avenue, he also designed 15 CPW, which is commonly regarded as the first of Manhattan's ultra-luxe buildings. Needless to say, the buildings that showcase his architectural acumen are prized for their luxury and polish. From iconic towers to subtle mid-rises, the team at New Construction Manhattan has handpicked the five Robert A.M. Stern buildings that best exemplify Manhattanite sophistication.

30 Park Place

Rendering view of 30 Park Place's penthouse terraces

This 80-story spire is easily identified in Tribeca’s skyline by its gleaming limestone facade. The lower floors of this elegant building are managed as the Four Seasons Hotel, but residents on the upper floors will also enjoy a full complement of services, not to mention striking views of Lower Manhattan.

The Brompton

Rendering of The Brompton's lobby with pre-war details.

Nestled comfortably in the Upper East Side, this new construction condominium is unlike Mr. Stern's supertall towers, such as 520 Park Avenue or 220 Central Park South. This handsome mid-rise building combines classic design with a modern flair, and its aesthetic is perhaps best emphasized by its lobby, which features wainscoted walls and octagonal ceiling coffers.

Superior Ink

Though Robert A.M. Stern is typically associated with his modern interpretations of classic luxury, he deftly showcases his versatility with Superior Ink. Though it’s located on the site of the former Superior Printing Ink factory, the building itself isn’t a loft conversion. Instead, it’s a totally new construction condo that’s designed with the likeness of the Meatpacking District’s iconic industrial architecture.

One Museum Mile

Street-level view of 1280 Fifth Avenue, aka One Museum Mile

Before MoMA Tower (53W53) was even a concept, 1280 Fifth Avenue boasted exclusive access to museum art space. Also known as One Museum Mile, this modern building shares its bottom floors with The Africa Center, which was formerly known as the Museum of African Art. This fantastic address also marks the beginning of one of Manhattan's finest cultural corridors — Museum Mile — as it stretches along Central Park on Fifth Avenue. 

The Harrison

The Harrison’s lobby features stunning Romanesque arches and a beautiful stone fireplace. Beautifully crafted, if a bit understated, its wooden wall panels are deftly rendered, and complement the expert stonework. Located in the Upper West Side, this luxury apartment is just a stroll away from local landmarks, such as the Natural History Museum and Central Park.