111 Central Park North is the one of the latest editions of luxury developments to pop up in Harlem. Though it is located less than a block away from the Lincoln Correctional Facility, it appears that its proximity to this local institution has had little negative impact on sales. Sales began before the recent market recessions in late 2006, and the sale of the 4,000 square foot penthouse for $8 million set a new Harlem record. The building offers the best in luxury amenities, including parking, a fitness center, concierge service. Each apartment is finished with its own private outdoor space, individual central heating and cooling, and the lovely Kohler “tea-for-two” bathtub. And in a pinch the Subway sandwich franchise could make a delivery for dinner.
Designed by SLCE Architects in conjunction with Hillier Architecture, the building is all about its amazing southern orientation. At 19 storeys, this 48 unit condominium stands tall above its neighbors, offering unparalleled views of the park unrolling down below it. Following the latest trends in luxury buildings, the southern façade is floor to ceiling glass curtain walls that incorporate three bands of balconies that look like hung ribbons. The northern façade, however, is mostly oversized precast panels to reduce overall building costs.
At the top, the common roof deck peers through a two level louver, but hopefully also has glimpses of the views to the south. The duplex penthouse, which sold for $500,000 less than the original asking price, has multiple stepped back balconies and terraces to take advantage of its perch. Lower balconies are extended and appear to hang from the adjacent building. Although the building has some awkward moments, overall its massing seems well-balanced, and the material bias of mostly glass to the south is appropriate considering the view.