Located in the heart of the up-and-coming NoMad neighborhood, Huys is a neo-classical building dating from 1917, set amongst fin-de-siècle office buildings and warehouses, and neighboring stately mansions from New York's Gilded Age. Currently undergoing conversion from commercial offices to 58 luxurious and elegantly detailed condominiums, the historical high-rise incorporates all the conveniences of a modern cosmopolitan lifestyle. Developed by the prestigious Kroonenberg Groep, designed by the world-renowned Piet Boon and renovated by the well-established construction management firm Sciame, superior craftsmanship is a hallmark of the property's transformation, turning 404 Park Avenue South into something extraordinary.
Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf – responsible for the planting design of the High Line – has created a verdant oasis of ‘wild nature’ on top of this neo-classical building, overlooking neighboring stately mansions from the Gilded Age. The roof garden – where Huys owners can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and socialize or dine al fresco – is complemented by a juxtaposition of seating areas designed by Piet Boon. The outdoor kitchen, featuring a barbecue grill, offers stunning panoramas across the city skyline.
The Media Lounge has dark walls, matching the wenge hardwood millwork and dark clay finish, creating a cozy entertainment atmosphere in which to watch a movie or shoot pool. The lighting plan highlights its three zones: the kitchen area/wet bar, the pool table (with directional Flos lighting), and the TV seating areas. The fully-equipped kitchenette is perfect for gatherings big or small.
The sky-lit Children's Playroom creates a snug and safe environment for the youngest inhabitants of Huys. The 2nd-floor playroom features Kvadrat Clouds, an innovative and sophisticated 3-D felt tile concept by internationally-acclaimed designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, in collaboration with Kvadrat. Other selections by Piet Boon include playful organic and ergonomic furniture from Iglooplay and an original Piet Hein Eek table created from recycled wood.
Also naturally lit through skylights, the stylish fitness room has a relaxed vibe perfectly suited to health and well-being. Technogym, a leading supplier for the Olympic Games, has designed and programmed the space with innovative, cutting-edge equipment and features. Built-in millwork cubby storage, well-placed mirrors and hand-picked works of art lend a refreshingly refined and clean air.
Huys also has Bike Storage – with several custom-made Dutch-designed Van Moof bicycles available for Huys owners’ use – as well as Residential Storage Facilities, a Laundry Room, and dedicated Mail Room.
Bespoke hand-crafted twists of polished bronze characterize the number signage in Huys – from the distinctive 404 above the main entrance to the individual floor and apartment numbers. These are the work of Studio Molen, an Amsterdam-based design studio which also created the one-of-a-kind chandelier in the lobby. Studio Molen has a quirky, eclectic portfolio that encompasses anything from chairs and chandeliers to barbecues and water-reactive tiles. Founder Frederik Molenschot, a graduate of the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven, sums up his design ethos: “If you’re an architect, your world is a building. A graphic designer works on a newspaper or a wall, while a landscape architect plays with nature itself. I try and draw all these worlds together and see what happens when they meet.”
Royal Tichelaar Makkum, a Dutch ceramics company founded in the 16th century, was commissioned by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to restore two identical 17th-century tulip vases, considered to be the preeminent example of Delftware from the Dutch Golden Age period. They then invited four contemporary Dutch designers – Hella Jongerius, Studio Makkink & Bey, Studio Job, and Alexander van Slobbe – to reinterpret the vases in a project known as The Pyramids of Makkum. One of just seven editions, the hand-painted ceramic Flower Pyramid hanging in the lobby of Huys is the work of renowned Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, famous for reinterpreting traditional craftsmanship to create something completely new.
Part of the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, Kvadrat Clouds is an innovative three-dimensional tile concept created by internationally-acclaimed designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in collaboration with Kvadrat. Easy to assemble, mount, and move, the interlocking textile tiles can be hung from the wall or ceiling and rearranged to create new designs, time and time again. A veritable art installation, they add color, texture, and warmth to any space and can be found in the Children’s Playroom at Huys.