Architectural Digest Profiles The Belnord

Architectural Digest interviews Robert A.M. Stern about The Belnord, an Upper West Side apartment house that features a courtyard by Hollander Design.

“It’s one of the grandest residential buildings in New York,” says Robert A.M. Stern of his latest project. No, he’s not referring to one of the many sleek, new, high-rise apartment buildings offering up super-luxe living and sweeping views. He’s talking about The Belnord, a 1908 grand dame by Hiss & Weekes on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, one of the last remaining full-block residential buildings in the city, which Stern’s Robert A.M. Stern Architects is in the midst of returning to its former glory—with some present-day twists…

The building has an amazing courtyard, which not only provides a private oasis for the residents but also made it possible to lay out apartments that are either corner apartments or floor-through apartments,” [Stern] notes. “So typically—and we are following this procedure—the bedrooms are on the courtyard side, which is quieter, and the living rooms and kitchens are on the street side.”

Watch a video about this project that includes interviews with Ed Hollander and Robert Stern.

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