One Madison

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One Madison
A tall, thin building with some slight squarish projections at its higher levels seen from between some trees.
One Madison is located in Lower Manhattan
One Madison
Former names The Saya, One Madison Park
General information
Type condominium
Address 23 East 22nd Street
Town or city Manhattan, New York City
Country United States
Coordinates 40°44′26″N 73°59′17″W / 40.7406°N 73.9880°W / 40.7406; -73.9880Coordinates: 40°44′26″N 73°59′17″W / 40.7406°N 73.9880°W / 40.7406; -73.9880
Construction started 2006
Topped-out 2010[1]
Completed 2013
Landlord consortium of creditors
Height 621 feet (189 m)
Technical details
Structural system highrise
Floor count 50 (91 units)
Floor area 16,763 m2 (180,440 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architecture firm Cetra/Ruddy
Other designers Rem Koolhaas
Yabu Pushelberg (interiors)
One Madison

One Madison is a luxury residential condominium tower located on 23rd Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South, at the foot of Madison Avenue, across from Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York City. The building's address is 23 East 22nd Street, where the main lobby is located.


One Madison, a tall, narrow black building with squarish projections is under construction. It stands to the right of the MetLife Tower, a similarly tall building with a pointed roof.
The building under construction in September 2008; the Met Life Tower is in on the left
A view of several New York City buildings from the air, looking north from above approximately 20th Street
One Madison Park is the tall, thin building on the right in the background. The Met Life Tower and its landmark clock, the Metropolitan Life North Building, and the black New York Merchandise Mart are in the foreground.

Although much of the area nearby is included in various historic districts – such as the Ladies' Mile Historic District, Gramercy Park Historic District and Madison Square North Historic District – the location of One Madison is not, enabling the building to be constructed "as of right" with the transfer of air rights from the shorter buildings that surround the site.

When the building was originally announced, it was to be 47 stories and called The Saya; the name was changed to One Madison Park around the time that construction began in 2006 and then to One Madison after it was taken over by the Related Companies. The building as constructed has 60 stories.[3] It features 360-degree views and contains 53 residential units,[3] topped by an 6,850-square-foot triplex penthouse with a 586-square-foot wraparound terrace.[4] The original asking price for the penthouse was $45 million,[5] and was originally announced as including a butler with his own one-bedroom apartment on a lower floor.[6] Prior to Related's take over of the building, the penthouse was under contract for $32 million, but that deal never closed.[3]

As of April 2010, the building had topped out, but was still not complete, having run into financial difficulties. Sales of residential units had stopped, but the appointment of a receiver on April 15 allowed sales to start again.[7] The building continued to be mired in financial and legal problems,[8] including multiple lawsuits and allegations of fraud,[9] and was forced into bankruptcy by some of its creditors in June 2010.[10]

At one point, a 22-story building designed by noted architect Rem Koolhaas was to be the building's "companion" on 22nd Street,[11] but later plans called for an 11-story building designed by Cetra/Ruddy, the firm that designed One Madison; although at the time construction began in January 2013, permits had reportedly been issued for a 6-story building,[12] which will include the entrance lobby and two duplex apartments.[11] The companion building, designed by BKSK Architects to feature a terra-cotta and glass façade,[3] will be the primary entrance to the building.[13]

The building is currently owned by a consortium of creditors, including Related Companies, the CIM Group, and HFZ Capital Group, who are completing construction and resumed sales in 2013.[14][15][10][3]

As of February 21, 2014, seventy-five percent of the building's units had been sold.[16]


The building was designed by the architectural firm Cetra/Ruddy.[17]

Nicolai Ouroussoff, the architecture critic for The New York Times, called One Madison Park "a dazzling addition to a street that includes two of the city’s most celebrated skyscrapers: Pierre LeBrun’s 1909 Metropolitan Life Tower, across the street, and Daniel Burnham's 1903 Flatiron building, a half block west. It jolts the neighborhood into the present."[17] In the New York Observer, Dana Rubinstein was somewhat less enthusiastic. Conceding that the tower was "not ugly", she wrote that the building is "in its overpowering, hubristic way, kind of pretty."[9] Architect Dan Kaplan is quoted on a Wall Street Journal weblog as saying that the building is an "elegant, thin stalk", and represents a continuation of a long-held vision of Manhattan. Kaplan does say, however, that the sliver building "turn[s] its back, a little bit, on the park".[18] Architect Gordon Gill, of the firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, say of the building that it was "Simply a unique and elegant solution derived without relying on excessive form making to create an 'identity' for itself."[19]

The narrow, six-story facade of a building has white poles going vertically all along its facade.
The entrance building at 23 East 22nd Street, seen in September 2014.

In 2014, the building received the Architizer A+ Jury Award for Residential High Rise,[20] and since 2013, it has been part of the "Sky High & the Logic of Luxury" exhibition at the Skyscraper Museum in lower Manhattan.

Interiors and amenities[edit]

When Related Companies took control of One Madison, about half of the units were finished, with interiors designed by Cetra/Ruddy, the architecture firm that designed the building’s exterior. For the remaining apartments, which were in various states of completion, the new owners hired the interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg, which also created the interiors of the new main lobby and the amenity spaces, and hired the lighting design firm Cooley Monato Studio who developed architectural lighting of the apartments, the main lobby, the amenity spaces, and exterior facade.[21]

Rem Koolhaas designed the interiors of many of the condominium's originally planned amenities, which included a private screening room, an upscale restaurant run by chef Charlie Trotter,[6] a spa and fitness room, and a wine cellar.[9] After the building came under Related's control, the amenities were announced as including a lounge and screening room, private dining room, a fitness center and a room for yoga, a 50-foot (15 m) lap pool and steam room, and a playroom for children. A full-time doorman is enhanced with concierge service.[22]


The building's first five stories contain service and commercial spaces on the ground floor, above which are mechanical spaces and the building's amenities. These five floors act as a base for the building's tower, which is partly cantilevered over an existing three-story building to the east.[19]

The cross-section of One Madison's tower is 50ft x 53ft (15.25m x 16.15m), which makes it, at the height of 621 feet (189.3 m), one of the slenderest buildings in New York City; its height-to-width ratio is 12:1. To accommodate the architectural design of the building, which called for windows on all sides, lateral bracing which would normally be placed around the tower's perimeter is located in the center in a cruciform shape, creating internal shear walls in an optimal configuration. To cope with lateral winds and potential seismic forces, the shear walls were made with high-performance concrete. One Madison also utilizes a Tuned Liquid Damping System on the roof consisting of three U-shaped reinforced concrete tanks full of water. These counter the building's lateral motion by about 3%.[19]

Notable residents[edit]

NFL quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen own one $14-million suite and rent out a similar apartment in One Madison.[23][24] News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch bought the building's triplex penthouse and another full-floor apartment below it for a total of $57.3 million in February 2014.[16][25] Peter Buffett, son of Warren Buffett, used to live in One Madison.[26] Fredrik Eklund, top New York City realtor and author of "The Sell," also lives at One Madison.[27]


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  2. ^ "One Madison Park". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 2017-06-08. 
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  4. ^ Keil, Jennifer Gould (October 2, 2013) "Designer Vera Wang tours $50M triplex penthouse" New York Post
  5. ^ One Madison Park website
  6. ^ a b Barbanel, Josh (November 25, 2007) "The Butler Could Do It" The New York Times
  7. ^ Rubinstein, Dana (April 16, 2010). "One Madison Park to Receivership; Flood of Sales to Come?". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  8. ^ Brooker, Katrina (October 13, 2011). "What Went Wrong at One Madison Park". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  9. ^ a b c Rubinstein, Dana (March 9, 2010) "In the Shadow of the Boom", New York Observer
  10. ^ a b Smith, Stephen Jacob (March 12, 2013). "One Madison Park Lobby To Get Two Duplexes On Top". The New York Observer. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Dailey, Jesica (January 28, 2013) "New Art for 1214 Fifth Avenue; 23 East 22nd Street Update" Curbed
  12. ^ Marino, Vivian (January 8, 2013) "Ziel Feldman" The New York Times
  13. ^ Staff (April 10, 2012) "Manhattan Tower's Fate Resolved" Wall Street Journal
  14. ^ a b Carmiel, Oshrat and Lee (February 21, 2014). "Murdoch Buys 4 Floors of NYC Condo Tower for $57 Million". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  15. ^ a b Ouroussoff, Nicolai (June 28, 2010) "Near-Empty Tower Still Holds Hope" The New York Times
  16. ^ Troianovski, Anton (June 21, 2010) "Skyscraper Face-Off in Madison Square" The Wall Street Journal
  17. ^ a b c Staff (August 2011) "One Madison Park, New York City" Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat website
  18. ^ Architizer Award
  19. ^ "One Madison Park - NYC | CoMoS". Cooley Monato. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  20. ^ "One Madison - Benefits". Related Group. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  21. ^ Alberts, Hana R. (October 25, 2013). "Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen Buy at One Madison for $14M". Curbed NY. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  22. ^ Rosenberg, Zoe (November 12, 2014). "Rent Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's Pied-A-Terre for $40K". Curbed NY. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  23. ^ Finn, Robin (July 11, 2014). "Big Ticket | Rupert Murdoch's Trophy Pad, Expanded". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  24. ^ Polsky, Sarah (November 1, 2013). "Peter Buffett's Old Apartment is for Sale Again at One Madison". Curbed NY. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  25. ^ Smith, Virginia K. (June 12, 2015). "Million Dollar Listing's Fredrik Eklund on why he loves his building—but is scared to ever open his windows". BrickUnderground. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 

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