Architect: Lichten Craig Architecture and Interiors
Senior Designer: John Driscoll
Client: Competition project for River House
One of the prestigious apartment buildings and clubs in Manhattan, the River House is a 26 story tower designed by William Lawrence Bottomley and built between 1929 and 1932. The River House is located at 435 East 52nd Street on the bank of the East River. It has a relatively secluded location on a dead-end street with the entrance through a private courtyard. The scope of this project was to renovate and re-design aspects of the club, including a new: lobby, bar, restaurant, gymnasium and squash court. Attention was paid to the original Art Deco architecture and detailing especially in the pool area where the geometric vocabulary of the colonnade was integrated into the surrounding spaces, at once sensitive to the original intent of the design as well as updating it for modern convenience and technology.