Check out renderings of this Tetris-like building coming to Harlem (slide show)

A futuristic and wildly colorful residential building, designed by Karim Rashid, is coming to brownstone-lined East Harlem

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  • Rendering courtesy Karim Rashid Studio

    Rendering of 329 Pleasant Avenue in Harlem

  • Rendering courtesy Karim Rashid

    Rendering of 329 Pleasant Avenue in Harlem

  • Rendering courtesy Karim Rashid

    Rendering of 329 Pleasant Avenue in Harlem

  • Rendering courtesy Karim Rashid

    Rendering of 329 Pleasant Avenue in Harlem

  • Rendering courtesy Karim Rashid

    Rendering of 329 Pleasant Avenue in Harlem

  • Rendering courtesy Karim Rashid

    Rendering of 329 Pleasant Avenue in Harlem

Rendering courtesy Karim Rashid Studio

Rendering of 329 Pleasant Avenue in Harlem

A major pop of color is coming to East Harlem, thanks to designer Karim Rashid. The architect, who was commissioned by developer HAP Investments, has designed a 20-unit, eight-story apartment building for 329 Pleasant Avenue (which is near First Avenue and 117th Street, FYI). And it definitely stands out: The futuristic building looks like it came straight out of Tetris, complete with pink and blue balconies. Construction is expected to begin October 2013 and be completed by December 2014—and residents of the brownstone-lined 'hood definitely won't miss this one coming in.


Rashid is mainly known for his neon interiors and whimsical products; he's designed for everyone from Alessi to Con Edison and Kenzo to Citibank. However, this project isn't his first foray into architecture. Last year, he was also tapped by HAP to design an eye-popping mixed-use building, 1655 Madison Avenue between 110th and 111th Streets (also in East Harlem). Take a peek at renderings of the flashy, eight-story project here.


The designer aims to play with light and shade by using balconies as a design feature in his newest project. "Each unit receives this large, yet intimate space that extends the senses beyond the interior, making the apartment feel bigger and brighter than it actually is," reads a statement from the architect's studio. The units' interiors also maximize space by allowing natural light to travel throughout; the emphasis is on bright, open spaces. Click through the renderings above for a peek inside 329 Pleasant Avenue's equally wild interior.


(h/t Curbed; all renderings courtesy Karim Rashid Studio)



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