Tadao Ando’s first New York building in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood is currently under construction, and recently unveiled renderings show it’s going to have a huge green wall. The entire south facade of the luxury condominium will be covered in plants, like a enormous canvas bursting with color. Landscape architecture firm M. Paul Friedberg and Partners collaborated with Ando on the design of the addition, which is expected to become the largest residential green wall in NYC.
The 32,000-square-foot building will house seven residences with prices ranging from $5.75 million for a half-floor unit to full-floor apartments that start at $14.8 million. Each unit will have a flexible layout, with minimal interior walls. The residences were individually configured to be easily adapted to successive owners. Ando’s signature material palette-concrete, metal and glass will dominate the spaces, with the exterior green wall as the highlight of the exterior.
Upon completion, the wall will be 55 feet tall and 99 feet wide, and will be planted with a combination of vines, including English Ivy, Boston Ivy, Virginia Creepers, Jasmine Clematis and climbing Hydrangeas. This variety will allow the living structure to change appearance throughout the year and feature different textures and vibrant colors.