Off The Mrkt
November 9, 2021
First used hundreds of years ago during the height of the Roman empire, arched windows were originally utilized for their stability as buildings began growing taller and grander. Today, the arched window has become a status symbol for condo developments, seen on some of the most luxurious residential buildings throughout the country.
Providing a striking architectural moment from inside and out, arched windows are a unique addition that instantly elevates a home’s grandeur and character. I’d like to propose a round-up of residential developments featuring beautiful arched windows and have included the NYC’s best examples below.
200 East 83rd Street
200 East 83rd, the new Upper East Side residential tower by Robert A.M. Stern Architects with interiors by Rottet Studio, is a celebration of the neighborhood’s architectural romance. Drawing inspiration from the grand structures along Park, Fifth and Madison Avenues and the historic clubs and cultural institutions that have shaped the Upper East Side, Stern and his partners synthesized a unique design language for the Modern Classical building. One resulting component is arched windows, found within 200 East 83rd’s monumental indoor/outdoor amenities spaces and select Penthouse residences. RAMSA’s unique decision to lift the seventy-foot pool, health club and entertainment spaces to the middle of the tower is boldly expressed on the building’s façade and complemented by Rottet Studio’s gracious amenity interiors. Each featuring a vaulted ceiling, double-height loggia with floor-to-ceiling arched windows and French doors, the 17th-floor pool room and Winter Garden create visual drama while inviting the outdoors in and allowing for natural light, fresh air and incredible New York City skyline and Central Park views. Residents can overlook both spaces from inside the state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, which also boast arched windows. Lining a portion of the custom wood- and leather-paneled library on the ground floor are arched windows with French doors leading to a serene landscaped garden. At the building’s crown, three dramatic penthouse residences feature double-height ceilings for a sublime living experience and a luxurious materiality frames both the indoor and outdoor spaces.