NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Witkoff (the “Company”), a global real estate development and investment firm, is pleased to announce that 150 Charles Street, its 338,000 square foot LEED Gold-certified luxury condominium building located in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, was awarded a 2017 Professional Design Award from the Society of American Registered Architects – New York Council (“SARA NY”). The property was selected for its impressively-designed 30,000 square feet of landscaped space that spans over eight floors through expansive rooftops, public and private terraces and intimate courtyards.
The landscapes at 150 Charles Street, which were designed by New York-based internationally recognized and award-winning landscape architecture firm, Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC, (“Dirtworks”) provide a vibrant backdrop for residents and the surrounding community, and are an example of resilient design capable of thriving in an inhospitable urban environment. The landscape concept is based on using a range of native northeastern ecological communities that respond to a gradation of sun, wind and soil conditions at every level of the property and represents a new paradigm of urban residential development.
“The vibrant landscapes at 150 Charles Street reflect the commitment we made to extend the upscale, urban design of the property well beyond the interior of each residential unit,” said Steve Witkoff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Witkoff. “Dirtworks played a vital role in these efforts, and we are very appreciative to SARA NY for recognizing the extent of time and detail that went into creating these truly innovative landscaped spaces.”
The SARA NY Professional Design Awards is one of the premier industry competitions open to architectural professionals and students in the Greater New York City Metropolitan Area. The purpose of the competition is to give professional recognition and encourage client participation in achieving excellence in design. Winners are selected for meritorious design by an awards' jury of professionals in the architectural and related fields. All winners will be celebrated at the Design Awards Ceremony and Banquet on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
David Kamp, FASLA, principal in charge of Dirtworks, stated, “150 Charles represents a new paradigm of urban residential development—one that celebrates urban ecology through nuanced and responsive design, and asserts that nature may be thoroughly integrated into the built environment.”
Witkoff is a privately held, global real estate development and investment firm headquartered in New York City. Founded by Steven Witkoff in 1997, the firm is a market leader in the ownership and development of premier residential, hospitality, office, retail, and mixed-use projects in major cities both in the United States and abroad. Witkoff specializes in identifying and acquiring undervalued properties in key central business district locations as well as assets with strong repositioning potential in gateway markets. Leveraging a vertically integrated, operationally focused approach to project development, with in-house teams focused on acquisitions, financing, design, development, construction, sales and marketing, and asset and property management, Witkoff has consistently executed creative strategies across diverse asset classes.
About Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC
Dirtworks, PC (www.dirtworks.us) is an internationally recognized and award-winning landscape architecture firm. Its designs enhance the restorative quality of the natural environment. The firm, founded in 1995 by David Kamp, FASLA, LF, NA, provides clients with the creativity and technical knowledge essential to project design and site planning. Dirtworks, PC provides a full range of professional services with a staff of technically trained and design-oriented landscape architects.
About Society of American Registered Architects – New York Council
The Society of American Registered Architects was founded in 1956 as a professional society that includes the participation of all architects, regardless of their roles in the architectural community. SARA follows the Golden Rule and supports the concept of profitable professionalism for its members. The aim of SARA New York Council (www.sarany.org) is to provide its members the opportunity to share information and ideas about the Council, architecture in New York or architecture in general.