Waterline Square: New York's Riverside Trifecta

Noe & Associates with The Boundary

Midtown Manhattan’s last architectural hurrah might outdo them all.

Waterline Square, a 1.8-million-square-foot, three-tower residential project along the Hudson River, is redefining a five-acre spit of New York City from West 59th to 61st Streets. “We’re the final waterfront opportunity and last piece of the Riverside South master plan,” says James Linsley, president of GID Development Group, which entrusted the architecture firms Richard Meier & Partners, Viñoly, and Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to each create a building and matched them with top interior designers. Alexandra Champalimaud warms the precision of Meier’s exterior with her signature curved lines; Yabu Pushelberg provides a dramatic lobby for KPF’s cascading terraces; and Groves & Co. brings its mix of modern and classic inside Viñoly’s faceted, angular facade. With a 2019 move-in date, the property encompasses 263 condos along with retail, restaurant, and green spaces. For Linsley, the $2.3 billion plan is like a bespoke suit: “It comes down to every stitch and thread.”