Workstead reveals interior design for the lobby of One Prospect Park
Two years in the making, Workstead's luxury interiors for Brooklyn's historical One Prospect Park West development are unveiled
Over two years since Workstead first revealed the sumptuous design concept for its first residential building, One Prospect Park West, the full spectrum of the luxury building’s evocative atmosphere can now be experienced through its newly minted lobby, which pays homage to the site’s 1920s heritage.
Workstead's interior design for One Prospect Park West
Built as a clubhouse and social space in 1925 by the Knights of Columbus (a global Catholic fraternal order), the building once housed a ballroom, restaurant, bowling alley and indoor swimming pool to ensure a roaring time could be had, just steps away from Prospect Park. Now almost a century later, the condominium, which has been developed by Sugar Hill Properties, makes a similar statement by setting a new standard in luxury living in the otherwise sleepy neighbourhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn (the penthouse just sold for a cool $6.95 million - a figure previously unheard of in the area).
Against this backdrop, the building’s lobby sets an appropriate tone. Workstead has created a statuesque interior that nods to a historic sense of proportion. 16-foot ceilings and a distinctive arched entryway, a feature that echoes through each of the apartments above, are matched by limestone flooring, a glowing bronze-toned vestibule and marble thresholds. Similarly, a burled wood front desk makes reference to pre-war grandeur, but is assuredly viewed through a modern lens. In the adjacent lounge, wood-panelled walls bring a graphic visual quality to the space, while collectible vintage furniture, objects from Maison Gerard and soft furnishings from Zak and Fox bring a welcoming tactility to the ancillary space.
‘When approaching the design for each of the spaces, whether common areas or residences, we wanted to honor the pre-war character of the building in a way that still affords residents with modern day amenities,’ says the firm’s partner Ryan Mahoney. ‘The result provides an elegant and functional collection of spaces that is understated yet grand, contemporary yet handmade for the casual lifestyle of today. The Giallo Siena marble arched openings in the lobby create a show stopping entrance, undeniably Workstead, and an ochre lounge features impressive 16-foot ceilings that are designed to still feel intimate.
‘As the lobby and first-floor lounge set the tone for the development, we echoed the visual language established in these common spaces within the residences which feature large arcs of simple crown molding,’ he continues. ‘We designed our Park lighting collection in line with the interiors of One Prospect Park West to reference the architecture’s pre-war design language. As our largest residential project to date, having our lighting incorporated within our design of the lobby and residences creates an environment truly reflective of our brand.’
With many of the building’s closings being finalised and move-ins happening in December 2021, One Prospect Park West will officially celebrate its completion in early 2022.
Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.
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