Five Franklin Place, the first major American building by acclaimed Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, is a celebration of the art of building, the translation of a daring international vision into a perfect local expression, and proof that the practical and the sublime, the historic and the new, can exist in ideal balance — all in a simply extraordinary place to live.
One of the greatest pleasures of living at Five Franklin Place is arriving at its front door on one of New York City’s most historic and picturesque cobbled alleys, newly restored and planted with vertical facade gardens. Once known as Sugar Loaf Alley, this intimate, lovely passage is among the few remaining such private streets in Manhattan — a coveted residential address reminiscent of the city’s poetic past.
The amenities of Five Franklin Place have been carefully conceived and designed with an unusual attention to detail. Services include a full-time doorman, on-premises concierge offering a host of hotel-style services, and resident manager to tend to everyday needs. Valet parking, individual storage units, and bicycle storage areas are also available, at an additional cost.
The lobby of Five Franklin Place provides a perfect transition from street to home, beautifully crafted with curving geometries and sensual materials, every detail carefully considered by UNStudio.