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19 Nov 2019
Studio Sofield bring classic design and luxury amenities to New York residences
By Stu Robarts
Studio Sofield bring classic design and luxury amenities to New York residences
The Tower's pool area is designed in the Art Deco style
Photo: Noe & Associates / The Boundary
Studio Sofield have designed a house and tower residential pairing in New York's prestigious Upper East Side, blending classical and contemporary architecture that is drawn through into a generous offering of luxury amenities.

Beckford House & Tower comprises two adjacent and complementary buildings with a combined 104 residences that range in price from $2m (€1.8m, £1.5m) to over $25m (€23m, £19m).

The buildings are designed in the grand, pre-war tradition of the Upper East Side, with materials including Indiana Limestone, Brynne brownstone and grey brick.

Studio Sofield has aimed to bring a "blend of formality and elegant luxury" to the residences, with ornate foyers, dining rooms, large living rooms and formal galleries.

William Sofield, founder and principal of Studio Sofield, said: "My intention was to create some of the most legendarily gracious apartments, anywhere in Manhattan, with custom millwork, proper dining rooms and intricate detailing."

Ceiling heights range from 9-13ft (3-4m) and finishes include geometric cornicing, herringbone-laid oak flooring and Statuary marble.

The smaller of the two buildings, Beckford House contains 32 residences across 21 floors, with a choice of two- to five-bedroom homes, three full-floor penthouses and a duplex.

Among its architectural features are terraces and Juliet balconies, a classical masonry façade and intricate ironwork with decorative brick and stone quoining.

Inside, there is an ornate lobby, a reception room and private lounge with an adjoining dining room and a bar with a fireplace.

Residents can also make use of a fitness centre and yoga studio, as well as a 22nd-floor roof terrace with greenery, seating and an outdoor kitchen.

The adjacent 31-floor Beckford Tower contains 72 residences, which comprise one- to six-bedroom homes and three full-floor penthouses with private terraces.

The tower is designed with Brynne Brownstone, Indiana Limestone, custom-designed wrought ironwork and classical awnings.

A double-height vestibule with a skylight welcomes people into the building and through into a vaulted lobby with a vintage chandelier.

Recreational amenities include a grand reception room and library, a piano bar and lounge and a games room.

There are over 3,000sq ft (280sq m) of wellness amenities, including a double-height basketball half-court, a fitness centre, yoga and training studios and a 65ft (20m) indoor swimming pool with a hot tub, a relaxation area, a steam room and changing rooms.

The pool area is designed in the Art Deco style and has a glass ceiling, ornate metal detailing, potted palms and a custom glass mosaic wall mural.

The tower also houses a children's playroom and a party room with a catering kitchen.

Sofield said: "The private facilities and communal spaces within the tower are unabashedly amongst the most luxurious in the city."

Construction of Beckford House & Tower is already underway, with Beckford expected to be complete in Q2 2020 and Beckford Tower in Q2 2021.

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