New York, New York, USA
Crafted by the visionary Selim Vural for Bryant Park, this innovative structure seamlessly integrates into the vibrant urban landscape while championing environmental consciousness.
The tower recently earned the prestigious 2023 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Lilly stands as an 18-story residential and 23-story commercial tower, skillfully designed to harmonize with its surroundings. Studio Vural adopts a classic modular composition of openings and walls, creating a modern aesthetic that complements the traditional Parisian neighborhood.
In its commitment to sustainability, Lilly employs cutting-edge technologies. Conventional heating and cooling methods are replaced by a geothermal system, ensuring energy efficiency.
Natural ventilation, facilitated by heat-exchanging systems, enhances the comfort of all occupied spaces. The tower takes sustainability further by irrigating an insulating blanket of Asian lilies, utilizing rainwater retention and graywater.
Lilly’s thoughtful design considers the diverse needs of its occupants. Residential floors prioritize natural light and ventilation in every room, boasting numerous windows on both sides and the front.
In contrast, the commercial floors feature open offices with glass conference rooms, optimizing natural light for a comfortable workspace.
This accolade attests to the innovative and harmonious blend of modernity and tradition achieved by Studio Vural.
The tower is a sustainable mixed-use tower prototype for the future of the cities. Lilly eliminates conventional heating and cooling via a geothermal system, provides heat-exchanging natural ventilation for all occupied spaces and irrigates an insulating blanket of Asian lilies through rainwater retention and graywater in the tower. It is comprised of 18 floors of apartments and 23 floors of office space with multiple amenities.
Since apartments need natural light and ventilation in every room, unlike open office layouts in the upper floors, the residential floors of Lilly have numerous windows both on sides and front.
The commercial floors are designed as open offices with glass conference rooms so glazing on both sides can provide sufficient natural light. At a total of 265,000 square feet, Lilly offers a powerhouse of sustainable spaces with extremely low energy costs.
The initial surcharge of green construction at $100 million is calculated to pay back in 14 years through massive energy savings. For architects, politicians, developers and consumers,
Lilly is not only a future prototype, but it is also the future, it is a much-needed fresh breath for the cities, and a pioneer for developers and policymakers to follow. If the civilization can produce yachts for oligarchs at $800 million, it can surely build Lilly at $200 million.
Architects: Studio Vural
Lead Architect: Selim Vural
Design Team: Ceren Kalayci and Ayca Yildirim
Client: BCN Development LLC.
Images: Dom Wipa, Ceren Kalayci, and Ayca Yildirim