Julia Monk, Amy Jakubowski, Mark Hayes, Anne Lefferson, Ari Papelian
The Chelsea Stratus
The Chelsea Stratus is a new 41-storey, 196-unit multi-family luxury residential tower located in a bustling, commercial section of New York City’s Chelsea neighbourhood near Sixth Avenue and 24th Street. The design objective for the Stratus’ public areas, kitchens, and baths involved creating an urban oasis of calm amidst the frenetic pace of the city through the innovative use of natural materials such as stone, rich woods, and rusticated metals like oxidized bronze and patina’d copper. These materials, often reserved for highly textured and rustic environments, were finely detailed into a clean and sophisticated design.
Upon entering the Chelsea Stratus’ inviting lobby, soothing sounds of water trickling down a patterned slate stone wall establish a serene break from the city’s pace. Teakwood marble floors laid in plank formation draw you into the space, reinforcing the building’s sophisticated and comfortable residential identity. Sumptuous walnut-clad walls guide residents into the reception area, where the visual senses are drawn to a soaring monumental wall clad in a mosaic of Chinese multi-coloured slate.
In front of the mosaic wall, a contemporary walnut reception wrapped with honed slate is softly illuminated by a hanging trellis lighting fixture. Across the room, zebrawood pendant lamps hang from the ceiling over a soft textural seating group with a fossilized stone and metal coffee table. This comfortable waiting lounge is instilled with its own distinct sense of place by a unique feature wall of bamboo shoots imbedded in glass with a walnut grid frame.
The Stratus’ amenities lounge is a long rectangular space with a 16-foot-high wood ceiling anchored by a grand-scale patina’d copper fireplace at the North end. The East wall faces the Avenue of the Americas, while the West wall opens up with bi-folding doors to an expansive landscaped terrace. The lounge’s materials palette of slate, copper, and walnut uniquely responds to programme requirements, while streamlining tones and textures found in the lobby into a relaxing, modern environment.
The Chelsea Stratus’ units are defined by ultra-high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows, which bathe dark stained birch hardwood floors in natural light and bring the fascinating drama of New York City inside with stunning picturesque views. The units’ open kitchens are designed to become part of the living area, appearing more as accent furniture than a utilitarian amenity. Sleek, modern honed Pietra Coardoza stone countertops and Macassar ebony panelled cabinetry integrate state-of-the-art counter-depth appliances, including self-closing blumotion hardware, a two-drawer dishwasher, a temperature-controlled wine storage and a sub-zero refrigerator.
The modern, spa-like bathroom features soft, clean natural stone with a warm grey mosaic accent pattern and dark wood cabinets with classic travertine countertops. Opaque glass entry doors allow soft natural light to penetrate the bathrooms, while frameless glass shower enclosures look minimalist and ultra-modern. Rain shower heads in the master bath showers, long, deep soaking tubs, and contemporary but softly curved and finished fittings in brushed Nickel add to the sensual experience of this restful haven.
The interior design of the Chelsea Stratus satisfies the challenge of creating a highly desirable environment for the artistic and mature Chelsea market.