Exceptional design is not just a part of the vision that made ARO the building that it is — in fact, it is the defining characteristic of the experience of being and living inside this unique space. There is hardly any place in these no-fee rentals in NYC where you are not in relationship to the aesthetics of the choreography of its architecture and with the unique view each apartment lives in concert with.
The curves of the building’s exterior conflate the elegance of the urban tower with organic forms like the slopes of mountains and the patterns of a coral reef. It’s this idea that the natural world and the cityscape are deeply connected, rather than mutually exclusive, that carries into the experience of ARO’s interiors, beginning with the way the shape of the building impacts the layout of each apartment. Rather than feeling completely separated from air and sky by a straight wall, there is a sense of give, accentuated by floor-to-ceiling windows and the primacy throughout the space of natural light. High ceilings create a sense of vertical space, which also links the intimacy of home to the colors of the sky. Apartments with terraces offer the chance to literally walk out into the air space and feel immersed in the skyline.
Inside, details like oak floors evoke the natural world beyond the city and the sky that hovers above it. In the kitchen, Caesarstone countertops and custom cabinetry literally reflect the light that enters at different angles throughout the day, offering a kind of aesthetic blank slate for the passing hours and a minimalist elegance to the routines of the day. The chef’s kitchen, with its top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances, offers a visual and tactile invitation to connect to both the city below and the farms beyond through an engagement with the land hinted at by the rows of the city streets. The sensuality of the food brought to such a kitchen comes alive with creative possibility.
In the bathroom, Carrara marble floors and Dolomiti marble-tiled walls evoke not only the modern-day spa, but the Roman baths that inspired them. These are the kinds of materials that turn a potentially relaxing space into a transformative one. Glass showers and a custom vanity add to the sense that the bathroom is a place to unwind and daydream rather than merely use. It’s a kind of cocoon within a home that offers intimacy and a sense of expansiveness — as well as ARO’s contemporary vision of luxury living, where those two things are fundamentally connected to each other.