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When completed at the end of this year, 152 Elizabeth Street will boast the largest living green wall in the city. It has landed a sweet spot in Nolita, at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth streets. Designed to resemble a glass box suspended in concrete, 152 Elizabeth Street will offer units with floor-to-ceiling windows and 250-year-old Danish oak floors with 20-inch-wide planks; each kitchen will have custom cabinetry, an expandable island, and countertops of honed fango stone. The southern façade along Elizabeth Street will host the garden wall planted with colorful vines. Of course, the sweetest spot of the building is the penthouse, on three levels connected by a spiral staircase of stainless steel, stone, and glass. The private rooftop deck will have a Japanese soaking tub, outdoor kitchen, and lounge area. Plus, the living room will open onto a private terrace, with a reflective pool and two water walls framing a view of the Empire State Building. Japanese designer Tadao Ando is known for his creative use of natural light and for structures that follow the contour of the landscape, creating serene environments that embrace modernity while remaining rooted in Japanese tradition. The simple elegance explains Ando’s status as one of today’s great “starchitects”; it’s no wonder the luxury units at 152 Elizabeth are selling for $15 million.

152 Elizabeth Street, Manhattan