Spotlight on CetraRuddy: Architects of TriBeCa

Spotlight on CetraRuddy: Architects of TriBeCa

12/2/2015
Architecture and design partners John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy make up the inventive and visionary duo behind a number of New York City’s most sought-after condominium projects. The TriBeCa luxury condos for sale at River & Warren, which are located on a splendid southern Manhattan site and offer breathtaking views of the city and New York Harbor, provide prime examples of CetraRuddy’s talents at work. The interior palette at River & Warren gleams with a subtle base and accents of wood and stone. The warm and lustrous interior surfaces of the building’s two-, four-, and five-bedroom residences are bathed in light, and their open floor plans flow outward from spacious kitchens outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances, custom oak arches, and French stone countertops.

Cetra and Ruddy have lent their vision to projects in every corner of the industry from residential and cultural to educational and hospitality spaces. The two have conceived of and realized a long list of notable projects in New York City and in points more distant. While John Cetra is widely known as an industry authority in tall building technologies and analytic site development, Nancy Ruddy has directed the development and strategic planning for more than 20.5 million square feet of commercial and institutional real estate.

The CetraRuddy interior for SUSHISAMBA London is recognized as a global destination for design lovers and sushi devotees alike, and their recent construction, One Madison, has also been met with acclaim. New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff has declared One Madison “a dazzling addition to a street that includes two of the city’s most celebrated skyscrapers: Pierre LeBrun’s 1909 Metropolitan Life Tower, across the street, and Daniel Burnham’s 1903 Flatiron Building, a half block west.” One Madison received the Architizer A+ Jury Award for Residential High Rise in 2014.

Cetra and Ruddy have worked in partnership since 1987, and this year they are scheduled for induction at the 31st Annual Interior Design Hall of Fame ceremony. The pair’s philosophy related to each urban project they undertake begins with an engagement with the surrounding city landscape. Their eclectic portfolio features the gorgeous, undulating exterior of Lincoln Square Synagogue, which offers visible sanctuary from the hubbub of Amsterdam Avenue, and hospitality giants like Hilton and Starwood have tapped CetraRuddy for their unique touch of dramatic design and modern convenience. The handsome brick structure at 443 Greenwich Street, a former book bindery, is currently being restored and adapted by CetraRuddy into a collection of unique residencies featuring elegantly crafted modern details. The firm also boasts a series of gorgeous and conspicuously modern schools in Asia.

Across this wide variety of projects and contexts and by blending a classic aesthetic sense with an enthusiasm for innovative building technologies, CetraRuddy has produced impressive structures that are consistently unified around the concept of “home.”