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Now standing tall in New York is 45 Park Place, Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni‘s latest project. Developed by leading New York-based real estate investor and developer Soho Properties, led by Sharif El-Gamal, the 50-residence luxury TriBeCa tower features one- to four-bedroom homes. In addition, there are ultra-modern finishes, high ceilings, and incredible views that couple an array of striking amenities. Also designed by Lissoni is a double-height, 24-hour attended lobby and garden; a 50-foot indoor pool and spa; a residents’ club; a state-of-the-art fitness center; a yoga and barre studio; and a spacious children’s playroom.
“From its inception, 45 Park Place was designed to be unlike any other address—a tower that exceeds every expectation and redefines luxury,” said Lissoni. “In every respect, this has been a true collaboration. I felt the synergy in my first meeting with developer Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties, and it hasn’t wavered since.”
To learn more about the project, as well as his very first, we spoke to Lissoni.
WHITEWALL: What was your first design piece and/or architectural project? Tell us about that.
PIERO LISSONI: I grew up in Milan which is the center of design in Italy. I’ve always been curious and eager to experiment. I think these tendencies led naturally to architecture and design. Designing is a constant challenge, a constant exploration of what it is like to be human and I like that.
One of our first industrial design projects was to work on the Esprit collection with Boffi in 1989. It was selected for a Compasso d’Oro design award. The first architectural project of significance was commissioned by Living Divani. We worked on their factory and office space.
I could never imagine being anything other than an architect and a designer. For me, architecture and design are the ultimate expressions of our humanity. They represent how we see the world and how we navigate the world. Architecture and design is also about finding real life solutions to problems, so it’s a very gratifying time to work in this profession. We are facing a lot of challenges in our environment and how we build and design today matters.
WW: How has your practice evolved since then?
PL: I started Lissoni Associati back in 1986. Over time, the practice has grown into an interdisciplinary studio focusing on architecture, interior design and product design. Today, we employ an international team of 80 specialists in architecture, branding, graphic, interior and product design. The firm designs everything from luxury resorts and private houses to furniture and lighting. We’ve gotten bigger and taken on larger and more diverse projects but the approach to the work has always been about being rigorous and being curious. We like creating our own solutions and own rules along with our clients.
WW: Can you tell us about your newest project, 45 Park Place?
PL: 45 Park Place is an exclusive collection of 50 contemporary loft and tower residences in the heart of TriBeCa in downtown Manhattan. It is my first ever residential condominium project in New York City. Here we’ve designed three distinct residential collections, each with unique attributes. The Loft Residences are a collection of one, two- and three-bedroom homes with soaring ceilings and ultra-modern design and finishes. The Tower Residences are beautiful three- and four-bedroom full-floor homes with 11-foot ceilings encased in floor-to-ceiling glass curtain walls that provide 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline. Lastly, the building is crowned by two exquisite duplex penthouses at the pinnacle of the tower.