Centurion

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33 West 56th Street, New York City

Centurion
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The Centurion in Midtown Manhattan
Building Information
Developer Antonio Development, Stillman Development International
Architect I.M. Pei Partnership Architects
Management Company Douglas Elliman Property Management
Number of Units 48
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 2009
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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33 West 56th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Over 90 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C5 - P
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Centurion first made headlines when the project was announced, as this project was the first ground up residential building in New York City to be designed by Pei Partnership Architects with I.M. Pei, comprised of the award winning I.M Pei, and his son L.C. (Sandi) Pei. The building’s distinctive cascading facade, the unique exterior color, and its prime location in Midtown Manhattan has ensured the Centurion’s place as one of the top residential buildings in New York City.

Location

The Centurion is located in the heart of Manhattan in North Midtown and is close to dozens of New York City’s most famous landmarks. Midtown Manhattan is home to the famed cultural institutions of Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, and Carnegie Hall, while Lincoln Center is nearby in Lincoln Square. The retail paradise of Fifth Avenue is less than a block away where most of the world’s luxury brands have shops, including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Versace, and Armani.

The business center of Midtown Manhattan gives residents of the Centurion a walkable commute. Midtown is also home to many of New York City’s most famous buildings, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden, and the New York Public Library. Finally, to the South of the Centurion, residents are blocks away from the famed “crossroads of the world”, Times Square, while to the North, arguably the world’s most famous urban park, Central Park, is only a short walk.[1]

With a walk score and a transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of the Centurion do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are within walking distance to literally hundreds of shops, restaurants, home services, cultural venues, and transit options.[2]

Construction

Located mid-block on West 56th Street between Sixth and Fifth Avenues, the Centurion stands in the former location of three five story buildings at 31, 33, and 35 West 56th Street, as well as one six story building at 37 West 56th Street. The project also had to secure the air rights from the neighboring building at 39 West 56th Street in order for the Centurion to be approved for development.

Developed in partnership by Antonio Development and Stillman Development International, the Centurion marked the first residential building to be designed by I.M. Pei and his son Sandi. Since 1990, I.M. Pei has been in partial retirement, but he is quoted as saying that the father of Roberto Antonio, one of the lead developers, would have been pleased with the idea of Roberto, Pei, and his son all working together on a project.

The building as a whole is designed in I.M. Pei’s trademark Modernism style of architecture, while the interiors were designed by SLCE Architects. Construction on the project began in 2007 and was completed in 2009.[3][4]

Layout and Features

The Centurion is a 17 story residential building that contains 48 apartments located mid-block on West 56th Street. The structural material is concrete, but one of the defining features of the building is the hand cut Chamesson limestone that was imported into New York City from Burgundy, France to cover the exterior facade. This limestone is a soft beige color with brown veining, and is completely unlike most limestone buildings in New York, who mainly feature Indiana limestone. The exterior of the building features a series of angled setbacks that form a cascading effect down the front of the building. Interspersed among these setbacks are five protruding blocks that Pei describes as “lanterns”. The windows in these blocks are the living room windows of the apartments that feature 17 foot high ceilings.[5]

The building is also known for its extravagant lobby that features decorative marble finishes, leather seating areas, Anigre wood finishing, and a floor made from the imported French limestone. The lobby also features a high ceiling, original works of art by Alex Katz, and a water garden complete with a reflecting pool and waterfall.[6]

There are 48 apartments in the Centurion ranging in size from 750 to 3,400 square feet in 31 different layouts. The apartments are one to four bedroom residences with three penthouses in the top floors and 13 of the apartments have their own private outdoor terraces. All apartments feature 10 to 17 foot high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and hardwood flooring. The gourmet kitchens come fully equipped with state of the art Bosch dishwashers and Sub-Zero refrigerators, walnut cabinetry, and granite counter tops. Bathrooms feature deep, cast iron soaking tubs, standing showers with rain shower heads, marble finishes, polished chrome fixtures, and over-sized mirrors.[7]

Floor Plans

Below are a selection of the floor plans available in the Centurion.

Amenities

The Centurion is staffed by a 24 hour concierge service, doormen, and a live-in superintendent. The building is equipped with an attended, full service garage.

Additional amenities include private storage facilities, a 1,500 square foot fitness center, a spa, a sauna, and a steam room.[8]

This building is managed by Douglas Elliman Property Management.[9]

Bylaws

Centurion Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • This building allows rentals, sublets, and pied-a-terre
  • There are no age restrictions
  • This building is pet friendly[10]

Sustainability

This building is not designated as a green building and therefore, residents wishing to help with the building’s sustainability do so on their own.

This can be accomplished by participating in New York City’s recycling programs, limiting the use of a car given the building’s proximity to neighborhood amenities, and by installing energy efficient appliances and materials when updating and/or renovating their apartments.[11]

Trivia

  • When residents first began moving into this building, some were shocked to discover that the walls had been covered in a primer, but had not been painted. One resident admitted that he was considering legal options against the developers until he discovered the primer covered walls were included in the building’s offering plan.[12]
  • By the time the Centurion had sold 50% of the apartments in the building, all but one of the units had been sold to a foreign buyer.[13]
  • One of Centurion’s brokers, Ilan Bracha, made headlines in 2010, when he announced that the next broker to fully sell an apartment within the building would win two tickets to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final in South Africa, complete with hotel and airfare.[14]

References

  1. Wikipedia - Midtown Manhattan
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. City Realty - Review
  5. City Realty
  6. Street Easy
  7. Manhattan Scout
  8. Manhattan Scout
  9. New Construction Manhattan
  10. Manhattan Scout
  11. Manhattan Scout
  12. Curbed NY
  13. NY Times
  14. Curbed NY

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