At the heart of Manhattan’s east side, the 36-story residential tower in Kips Bay offers unbeatable comfort and convenience. Interested in maximizing the value of existing spaces, real estate agency Kibel engaged EDG to renovate approximately 20,000 sq. ft. of the property’s shared roof and ground plaza areas. EDG’s architectural and engineering team collaborated on extensive planning, design, and construction administration to reinvigorate the aesthetics and functionality at 300 East 34th Street.
EDG navigated complicated building codes, conducted structural analysis, and explored possibilities to re-purpose existing components to achieve a cohesive, welcoming design. On the ground plaza, the team introduced carefully considered geometry and materials to existing site elements. On the roof, the team retrofit a previously inaccessible space by extending elevators, transforming mechanical rooms into amenity space, and reviewing the impact of increased loading of the existing roof.
With meticulously planned architectural and structural moves, EDG unlocked the potential of the residential tower’s community spaces. The building’s 300+ residents now return home through a distinct landmark piazza, where lively congregation fosters a rich civic space. The plan enhances accessibility, visibility, and capacity – while maximizing retail potential and developing a signature design on the ground plane. Thirty-six floors above, residents enjoy an exquisitely curated 360° panorama of Manhattan’s skyline, accompanied by a pristine pool, lush gardens and pergolas.