Italian architect Piero Lissoni to design residences at 45 Park Place

Sharif El-Gamal’s Soho Properties has tapped acclaimed Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni to design the residences and amenities at 45 Park Place, a 665-foot luxury condo development coming to the Financial District. Lissoni is joining a design team at the project that includes architects Michel Abboud of SOMA Architects and Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel. This is Lissoni’s first residential condominium project in New York.

“While planning 45 Park Place it became increasingly important to not only conceive of a tower which would contribute to downtown Manhattan’s new skyscape of architectural marvels, but also to deliver a new standard for living, true design,” El-Gamal said in a prepared statement.

El-Gamal is known as the controversial developer of Park51, also known as the “Ground Zero mosque.” That project was never completed and a three-story museum with a prayer space, as well as condos, is now planned for the site.

“Piero Lissoni stands out among the world’s most celebrated and important designers. He is a visionary architect who understands the importance of the materials used in a home and his sense of environment exceeds the scope of a traditional designer,” El-Gamal added.

Lissoni started his design career in 1978 and was appointed art director at Boffi, a high-end kitchen and bathroom firm, in 1985. He has since carved out a name for himself in contemporary design.

“The design concept for 45 Park Place was born out of the developer’s desire for a true collaboration between myself and SOMA’s Michel Abboud. We are creating beautiful homes and together, alongside Jean Nouvel and his extraordinary design for the neighboring museum and plaza, we are designing a way of living in New York like nothing experienced here before,” Lissoni said.

Stribling Marketing Associates is marketing the project, although neither pricing nor a completion date has been announced. –Christopher Cameron

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