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211 East 70th Street

Urban Design

Collaborating with Rudin Management and SOM, MPFP was tasked with transforming two on-deck open spaces adjacent to the 35-floor residential building. Originally built in the 1960’s, MPFP successfully designed and implemented expansive open spaces atop the building’s parking garage. MPFP’s design intent used a formal approach, seeking to emphasize the visual and pedestrian connection from the entry lobby through to both the East and West Gardens.

Arriving in the East Garden, visitors and residents alike are drawn in by a granite-clad fountain plaza, flanked by two expanses of grass. Custom seating elements frame each side, offering a quiet and verdant moment of respite from the urban environment. With elegant fountain jets that add a verticality to the design’s centerpiece, the East Garden has an inviting quality apt for a quick read, or to catch up with neighbors.

Formerly an overgrown and underutilized open space, the 25,000 SF West Garden is now host to a variety of contemporary amenities. Focused about a sculptural element in the center of the garden, a lush platform of grass steps up in tiers and offers three levels for picnicking or sunbathing. Situated behind the sculpture, two custom shade trellises bookend an expanse of grass - this space can be programmed for community and private events, offering residents an amenity-rich backyard.


New York, NY


Rudin Management


Courtyard Amenity + Plaza Amenity + On-Deck Construction


50,180 SF




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