David Rockwell puts his stamp on New York’s largest residential high-rise

kitchen, dining & lounge interior of an apartment in The Sky residential development in New York
The Sky residential development, sitting between Hell's Kitchen and Hudson Yards, is the latest New York offering by the Rockwell Group, the firm behind its interiors
(Image credit: Ines Leong / archphoto)

Sky proudly claims the spot for New York City's largest luxury rental residential building and this is no mean feat in a city chock-full of impressive high rises and dramatic building outlines that constantly compete for the spotlight in its iconic skyline. 

Designed by Goldstein Hill & West with interiors, amenities and lobby by the Rockwell Group, the glass clad complex on West 42nd Street and 11th Ave – sitting at the junction of Hell's Kitchen and Hudson Yards – spans 71 storeys, housing a grand total of 1,175 units for rent. These range from smaller studios, to two bedroom flats and a penthouse collection. The expert hand of the studio's founder, David Rockwell, led the interior design at Sky.

'The material palette for the residences at Sky is a fresh and contemporary interpretation of modern loft living,' says Rockwell. 'Given that the building's amenities and residences are extraordinary in scale and diversity, we crafted a design vocabulary of natural and handcrafted finishes and features to create a more informal luxury. In the lobby, a custom Czech glass chandelier floats above a carved marble reception desk. In the residences, warm wood and white lacquer cabinets define the open kitchen, and sculptural basins mounted on custom mirrored black steel and walnut vanities and striped floor-to-wall tiles create a striking and dynamic space.'

And it is not just about the apartments. There's indoor and outdoor pools, a yoga room, beautifully landscaped private gardens, a blow-out salon, a tech concierge, and artworks, masterfully placed in various indoors and outdoors locations; including a custom sculpture by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A separate members club will include from a gym to a professional basketball court, catering for the residents' fitness and wellness needs. 

'Collaborating with David Rockwell, who is one of the foremost designers in the world today, has been integral to the realization of our building, as the caliber of his work is in line with every aspect of Sky,' adds Mitchell Moinian of the property's developers, the Moinian Group. 'His ability to translate luxury experience into chic, functional design is evident throughout our amenity spaces, just as it is thoughtfully crafted into our David Rockwell model units.'

Construction for this impressive project has just been completed and residents have begun moving in.

exterior of the the Sky residential development in New York

The high rise also claims the spot for New York City’s largest residential building, spanning 71 storeys and 1,175 units to rent

(Image credit: Ines Leong / archphoto)

the lounge interior of an apartment in The Sky residential development in New York

The interior design aimed at offering ’a fresh and contemporary interpretation of modern loft living’, explains Rockwell

(Image credit: Ines Leong / archphoto)

dining room interior of an apartment in The Sky residential development in New York

Interiors feature warm wood, white lacquer cabinets, and sculptural basins mounted on custom mirrored black steel and walnut vanities

(Image credit: Ines Leong / archphoto)

bedroom interior of an apartment in The Sky residential development in New York

The project was created for the Moinian Group and has just been completed. Residents are now beginning to move in.

(Image credit: Ines Leong / archphoto)

For more information on the Rockwell Group visit the website

Photography: Ines Leong / archphoto

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).