With its powerful brick-and-terra-cotta exteriors, Romanesque Revival detailing, and soaring arched windows, 140 Franklin Street is one of Tribeca’s outstanding historical buildings.
The client/developer Aldo Andreoli was an architect with the highest standards.
The goal: to transform the beauty and power of its exterior into a landmark residence conceived with imagination, the very finest materials, and close attention to the smallest details.
Following a gut renovation of its 70,000 square feet, fourteen unique luxury loft/condominiums bathed in light were created in a modern idiom, featuring boldly geometric interiors, with customized kitchens, baths and closets by Italy’s leading manufacturers.
Three duplex penthouses — palatial homes in the sky — were constructed on the top floor and roof within the castle-wall-like privacy of the building’s original parapet and surrounded by lushly planted terrace gardens.
Entirely new building systems provided high-voltage power for electronics and fixtures, and an elevator with full- spectrum lights that change color at every floor transports residents to the Grand lobby with artist Sol Lewitt’s wraparound mural as its centerpieces.
From every perspective, 140 Franklin presents a rich and memorable fusion of Italian-inspired design—past, present, and future—both stark and sensual, bold and comfortable; a plan for living in the 21st century.
So successful was this metamorphosis of Tribeca’s outstanding architectural past into an icon of equally outstanding contemporary vision that it inspired what would soon become, and remain, a blueprint for Manhattan’s most desirable conversions.
Senior designer: Giusi Mastro, Sanba Inc.