Workshop/APD, the acclaimed architecture firm known for contemporary hospitality and residential projects such as The Printing House, has transformed 88&90 Lexington, two distinct buildings from different architectural eras, into one seamless residential building connected by a bright, expansive lobby above ground and over 8,000 sqft of newly added amenities underground.
Workshop gutted out the basements of both buildings – shoehorning in an L-shaped swimming pool and hot tub in a previously vacant space – completely redesigning the underground space, which alone required relocating major mechanical equipment. The firm cites the addition of the amenities as an opportunity to create modern communal spaces that lie both buildings together. In addition to the pool, Workshop added a screening room, gym with private yoga studio, resident’s lounge with catering kitchen, media center and game tables, a children’s playroom into the underground space.
The two buildings had separate identities in their previous lives, one being a rental building and the other office space, before being reimagined by Workshop. The firm saw the two as a blank canvas, restoring the pre-war façade of 88 Lex while giving 90 Lex, the modern post-war half, a “face lift” in addition to creating classic interiors with a modern touch to resonate with both.