“The Sutton Condominium is a portrait of a neighborhood” designed inside and out by Incorporated Architecture & Design (INC) and stands out as a warm, richly crafted addition to a new collection of modern designer residential buildings going up in Midtown East. The facade and the interiors, both designed by INC, are “at once contextual and iconic”. The Sutton balances “a neighborly street presence” with “a distinctly New York heroic glamour.”
The Sutton Condominium will join, 252 East 57th, 301 East 50st and 345 East 46th, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Cook Fox and Norman Foster respectively, in “a Midtown East building boomlet” that should transform a neighborhood which is already one of Manhattan’s best kept secrets.
With an emphasis on old world quality, including highly crafted building materials and a tactile interior palette, “The Sutton Condominium is a building more crafted than designed with a capital D”. The project is deeply rooted in the history, culture and luxury tradition of the Sutton Place neighborhood.
Sutton Place is a “neighborhood within a neighborhood, with a history of transformation. In 1875 Effingham B. Sutton purchased and began building brownstones on a section of East River frontage that included button and cigar factories and breweries. The 1920’s brought the development of the Neo-Georgian One Sutton place and the Art Deco masterpiece River House, cementing the area's reputation as a discreet and luxurious haven.
“In the mid-century, the Sutton Place neighborhood took on an affluent bohemian glamour” exemplified by 23 Beekman place, Paul Rudolph's provocative modernist step-back penthouse of black steel, glass and lucite. During this era prominent residents included architect I.M. Pei, Bill Blass, interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller and Anne Morgan of the Morgan banking family, all living in the optimistic shadow of the United Nations at Sutton’s southern border.
The design of “the Sutton Condominium captures and balances influences from the neighborhood's industrial past, it’s Art Deco heyday and it’s mid-century optimism” with a carefully edited materiality, strong proportions and a thoughtful attention to architectural detail creating a residential destination inextricably tied to its place.