Big Apple’s skyline is gleaming more than ever! Shimmering New York skyscraper is sprouting up all over downtown Manhattan. The more glass skyscrapers we see, the more we’re reminded of old New York reflecting off them like mirrors. Sir David Adjaye is making a mark on one of the world’s most iconic skylines with 130 William, a 66-story, a 244-unit residential tower in lower Manhattan. This hospitality design project, led by real estate developer Lightstone and executive architect Hill West Architects, marks Adjaye Associates’ first foray into residential architecture in New York.
With Manhattan’s 130 William, his first residential skyscraper and first high-rise in New York City, he scores another surprise hit. The downtown condominium’s striking design is a nod to Manhattan’s architectural heritage—a contemporary cousin to classic stonework that still rules the city skyline (for now).
Developed by Lightstone, the 66-story skyscraper will boldly tower 800 feet over Manhattan, housing 244 residences (ranging from studios to four bedrooms) and 20,000 square feet of luxury amenities. The property will include 20,000 square feet of street-level retail and a surrounding public plaza park, also designed by Adjaye. Adjaye Associates collaborated with local architect Hill West on the unique downtown project.
That tribute to old New York extends beyond the 130 William’s striking bronze façade into grand interiors reminiscent of yesteryear. Its signature feature—a “silhouette of rhythmic large-scale arched windows,” inspired by historical lofts that once defined the neighborhood. This is where Adjaye decided glass works best. Residences display a Great Room ambiance as these massive arched windows (sometimes stacked like a Roman aqueduct) cast light and shadow beams into very large spaces—a bold, rare design for anywhere, especially New York City.
The oversized windows frame airy interiors with warm wide-plank oak floors, bronze-finished fixtures and hardware, and open-plan kitchens with high-end appliances (Gaggenau), custom Italian cabinets, stone countertops (from Tuscany), and marbled cantilevers (via Spain) for bar seating.
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Master bathrooms crafted in Salvatori-textured Bianco Carrara Italian marble boast spacious walk-in showers, soaking tubs, custom vanities, and Adjaye-designed illuminated medicine cabinets. Secondary bathrooms and powder rooms feature floor-to-ceiling Grigio Versilia marble, some bamboo textured.
The tower’s top 10 floors house the Penthouse and Loggia Residences—large-scale homes with marble carved sink countertops and soaking tubs, and lofty 11-to-14-foot ceilings which flow into expansive outdoor terraces with sweeping vistas.
Current pricing has studios starting at $650,000; one bedroom starting at $1.11 million; two bedrooms starting at $1.85 million; three bedrooms starting at $2.6 million, and four bedrooms starting at approximately $5.42 million.
The 20,000 square feet of lifestyle amenities include a health club with full spa, infinity-edge swimming pool, cold and hot plunge pools, dry sauna and massage, and a top-flight fitness center with terrace, yoga studio and basketball court. Residents can also indulge in a private IMAX movie theater, golf simulator, resident lounge, children’s activity center, pet spa, and a private rooftop observatory deck (nearly 800 feet high) with cabanas (for purchase).
Adjaye’s 130 William will be a welcome part of lower Manhattan’s renaissance, where big-name architects are injecting energy skyward—rejuvenating downtown’s skyline and spirit. The new skyscraper will be conveniently located near Tribeca, South Street Seaport, the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center, and many of the city’s elite restaurants and shopping venues (Nobu, Jean-Georges, Eataly and Brookfield Place).