Treat Your Shelf


The weather isn’t the only thing going through a transition this month. With the official start of autumn, bookworms everywhere are putting down their sand-filled beach reads to dust off their cherished literary classics.

To set the Autumnal mood, Abode2 takes a look at a collection of luxury condo buildings in NYC that offer cosy libraries to help inspire residents to take part in some bibliotherapy as we creep into the colder months of the year. Equipped with crackling fireplaces, these tranquil spaces are the perfect setting to transport you away from reality and into the book world of your choosing.

547 West 47th Street

Designed inside and out by Concrete as the firm's first residential project in NYC, 547 West 47th Street has a distinctly communal atmosphere from the second you walk into the building. Just beyond the main lobby lounge is The Glasshouse, a freestanding glass-enclosed library. It features natural wood details juxtaposed with black framing, a colourful array of books decorating their built-in shelves, cosy fireplace, living room seating area and a communal worktable. The Glasshouse overlooks a serene interior courtyard, allowing readers to curl up comfortably with their book while experiencing the falling of the leaves – without feeling the Autumn chill.

547 West 47th Street is a transformative, move-in-ready luxury condominium located on 11th Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets. The recently completed development features 219 studio to two-bedroom residences with turnkey home packages available and brings more than 30,000 square feet of curated amenities and lifestyle services to Hell’s Kitchen.


(Images Credit: Adrian Gaut)

505 West 43

Located on Manhattan’s blossoming Far West Side, 505 W 43 is a boutique condo development with cutting-edge architecture by Eran Chen of ODA New York and interior design firepower from Lemay & Escobar. Comprising two boutique towers situated around a 6,000-square-foot, open-air courtyard and landscaped garden, 505 W 43 offers 122 stylish studio to three-bedroom residences featuring open-plan living rooms, wide plank oak wood floors, and select homes with substantial terraces and dazzling skyline views.

With one foot amidst the city’s most iconic attractions and another in a quiet and convenient residential corner of Hell's Kitchen, 505 W 43 provides the best of iconic NYC living for a wide variety of potential purchasers – bookworms included! Residents of 505 W 43 enjoy a robust suite of hotel-level amenities, including a double-height lobby library and lounge that offers the ideal setting for slowing down and getting lost in a good book this fall. Exposed beams juxtapose the polished concrete and floor-to-ceiling windows lining the space, and walls of shelves holding books and colourful decor contribute to the industrial-chic feel, which almost resembles that of an eclectic local coffee shop. Residents can cosy up by the fireplace and sink into one of the many comfortable seating options available in this welcoming amenity space.


(Images Credit: Donna Dotan)

200 East 83rd

200 East 83rd, a new condo tower designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects with interiors by Rottet Studio, celebrates the architectural romance of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The nearly sold-out 35-story residential building offers its residents expansive views of Central Park and the Midtown skyline as well as access to several coveted amenities, such as a custom millwork library. Located on the ground floor, the cosy space features elegant arched windows and a French door with direct access to 200 East 83rd's serene landscaped garden. The striking custom white oak shelving wrapped in leather panels creates a warm and inviting environment for residents to sit by the bespoke fireplace and unwind with a good book.


Maverick Chelsea

Located at 215 West 28th Street, Maverick Chelsea is a 21-story building offering a collection of 87 distinctive condominium residences at the crossroads of New York City’s most exciting neighbourhoods, where Chelsea meets The Highline and Hudson Yards. Designed inside and out by DXA studio, the building offers The Collection at Maverick, a full suite of resort-style amenities and services. Included in the offering is a beautiful library with fireplace, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, terrazzo floors with carpeted insets, and custom artwork.


(Image Credit: Courtesy of Maverick Chelsea)

Rose Hill by CetraRuddy

Rose Hill — Manhattan's new Art Deco-inspired skyscraper located in NoMad — boasts several stunning libraries, including a library and hotel-like private lounge dubbed "The Blue Room." Equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and present on the lobby level, multiple seating areas are dispersed throughout and offer professionals or families spaces to work individually or in a group setting. The Blue Room, punctuated by a marble fireplace clad with a bronze finished ornamental screen, encompasses both high and low-top tables and is directly adjacent to a garden courtyard that you can take calls from while after work for happy hour a wet bar is available. The library, curated by Strand Books, is flooded with natural light and has a host of couches and comfy chairs to work from or do some reading. The 37th-floor private resident's lounge also boasts a lobby adjacent to a pool table where residents can work while overlooking incredible views of the city skyline. Project designer CetraRuddy envisioned these spaces as more than just book-lined rooms, but specifically as uplifting environments where knowledge is imparted and you can feel a sense of wonder about the world.


(Image Credit: Evan Joseph & David Sunberg)

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