Field Trip Friday: 1280 Fifth Avenue

This week, Renee and Hae-In took a tour of 1280 Fifth Avenue, the site of our upcoming year-round program with architect Andre Kikoski. Meredith O’Connor from developer Brickman and Patrick Smith from Brown Harris Stevens led the tour.

Andre Kikoski Architect designed the interiors of the residential tower over the Museum for African Art designed by Robert A.M. Stern. A Manhattan-based architecture and design firm, Andre Kikoski Architect was recently recognized for the acclaimed restaurant The Wright at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The lobby

The twenty one-story 165,000 square-foot building has four model units, designed in collaboration with the French firm Ligne Roset, and reflects the four seasons in Central Park, the building’s neighbor. The unified palette of natural, renewable materials for the interiors includes teak wood, limestone, abalone shell tile, American black walnut and cypress wood, with sculptural elements inspired by natural geometries and organic textures.

model apartment

The building is also anticipating LEED certification; over 20% of the building’s construction and design materials are made from recycled items, and its landscaped rooftop area uses an irrigation system to conserve water.

local hand blown glass lamps

They also used local materials and designers — for example, the hand blown glass light fixtures are from JGoodDesign in Brooklyn.

view of the Park

Located on the north east corner of Central Park, between 109th and 110th streets, it is also home to the Museum for African Art, part of Museum Mile, and that will be opening in a year. The interior design integrates the African art theme via artwork and books in the model apartments.

museum under construction

OHNY staff were able to see a range of model apartments, from 3 bedrooms to studios with an office space.  The apartments shared a modern sensibility, but there was still a warmth to the design and each shared wonderful views of the park.

wallpaper detail in conference room

Patrick and Meredith led the staff through the model apartments as well as the amentities, including a Residents’ Lounge with fireplace, Media Lounge & Card Room, Teen Game Room, Children’s Playroom, gym and Conference/Dining room. OHNY is now offering a a tour with Andre Kikoski, followed by drinks, on Wednesday February 23. The tour will include the model apartments, amenities, and drinks with the architect.

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2 Responses to “Field Trip Friday: 1280 Fifth Avenue”


  1. 1 Sonja 17 February 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Can we take photos during the tour?


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