12 Warren challenges New York City’s typically modern aesthetics with rough-hewn bluestone façade

A newly completed residential building in New York City is turning heads with a striking façade of hand-laid, rough-hewn local bluestone; an eye-catching contrast to TriBeCa’s typically modern glass structures. Developer-designers DDG have chosen the material for how it celebrates craftsmanship and masonry.

A building material once commonly used, bluestone is now mostly confined to historic districts. It is known for its uneven stacking and raw beauty, which inspired DDG’s design team to intentionally use roughly-hewn stones.

Over the course of many months, large amounts of bluestone were quarried, sculpted, and meticulously placed on the ground to create the final design for the building’s exterior. The vision was then vertically recreated on-site in Tribeca. DDG opted to incorporate the ‘push and pull’ of the façade to echo the quarry and create its ‘carved from stone’ appearance.

An elegant Austrian white oak lobby door completes the façade and a solid bluestone wall continues the theme into the building’s lobby. DDG has also commissioned award-winning fine art photographer Jacqueline Hassink to photograph the bluestone quarry where the building’s stone elements originated and permanently displays these works throughout the lobby.

Each of the 13 expansive residences, ranging from 2 to 4 bedrooms and 1,700 square feet to 3,800 square feet, boast ceilings detailed with architectural board-formed concrete finished at heights from 10 feet in the full-floor residences up to 22 feet in the triplex townhouse residences. Windows are 7 feet tall, allowing for an abundance of natural light to fill each home. Custom features and details fill the residences, including bluestone accents that connect the interiors back to the building’s architecture. Many residences also feature direct elevator entry and private outdoor space.

Inside the homes, locally crafted elements are paired with top materials and finishes sourced from all over the world. The distinctive kitchens feature DDG-designed lacquer cabinetry with Austrian white-oak accents, honed Black Saint Laurent marble countertops and an integrated Gaggenau appliance package. Master Baths include elegant custom Carrara marble and bluestone accented walls and floors with a sleek Carrara marble-clad soaking tub and Dornbracht polished chrome fixtures. Many residences also feature a wet bar with DDG-designed cabinetry, a handcrafted oak screen, Julien sink and 30” Sub-Zero refrigerator.

12 Warren has a one-of-a-kind private fitness center with reclaimed wood flooring, exposed brick masonry and board-formed concrete details. Additional amenities will include a 24-hour attended lobby, landscaped roof terrace, and DDG’s signature concierge service. Storage rooms and bicycle storage will also be available.