At the heart of Staten Island’s new North Shore waterfront, Urby is a total rethink for a new generation of apartment seekers – one and two-bedroom apartments are designed to make life easy. Designed by Concrete, a Dutch architecture firm, the apartments are laid out with living rooms facing the bay in order to maximize the view and natural light. Kitchens, baths and bedrooms are generally toward the rear of the apartments.
In the first phase of the project, Urby will offer 571 studios to two-bedrooms that will feature bamboo floors and black and white subway-tile walls. The studio’s living and sleeping areas are divided by the bathroom, making it feel more like a one-bedroom. A two-bedroom model on the building’s corner has great water views. The existing esplanade is accessible to all.
Urby also has amenities that support a healthy lifestyle including an outdoor pool, 2-floor indoor Technogym fitness center, filtered communal well and easy access to a brand new waterfront esplanade.
The second phase, on an adjacent site, will include stores and 328 more apartments. It will break ground this spring and be completed in spring 2018.
Parts of Urby’s design can seem playful. A tripartite corkboard/blackboard/whiteboard covers electrical panels in the apartments. “We wanted to hide it with something functional and fun,” said Erikjan Vermeulen, a Concrete partner.
A public promenade divides the two existing Urby buildings. A lounge affixed to the development’s coffee shop gives residents and neighborhood dwellers a place to relax.
Over 50 varieties of produce grow at Urby’s farm. There is the communal kitchen, where Brendan Costello, the chef in residence, will host cooking classes and other events. A 5,000 square foot garden will raise crops like kale, spinach, beets, turnips, oregano, parsley and sunflowers, and its produce will be sold in a bodega-style market in the complex.