Rockwell Group completes The Waterline Club in New York

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A sinuous wooden walkway connects different amenities in this private leisure club that architecture and design firm Rockwell Group has created for residents of New York‘s Waterline Square development.

The Waterline Club by Rockwell Group links together the trio of skyscrapers that make up Waterline Square, a five-acre residential development located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side between West 59th and 61st streets.

Each of the three buildings was designed by a different architect – Rafael Viñoly, Richard Meier and KPF – and together accommodates 263 luxury apartments.

The Waterline Club is a private leisure club for residents of New York’s Waterline Square
An elevated wooden walkway crosses over Nexus, the club’s central gathering spot

Residents now have exclusive access to 77,000 square feet (7,153 square metres) of leisure amenities available in The Waterline Club, which occupies three subterranean levels beneath the development.

When devising the interiors, Rockwell Group made sure to make room for activities that “appeal to both left and right-brain thinking”.

The Waterline Club is a private leisure club for residents of New York’s Waterline Square
Residents can use The Waterline Club’s fitness centre

“Our research led to a major observation: New Yorkers have diverse, dynamic interests,” the firm explained.

“Rather than offer only the typical athletic facilities, we wanted to appeal to New Yorkers’ balanced approach to life, which includes art, music, community, and play,” it continued.

“We grouped active amenities together, and social and cultural amenities together, establishing a micro-community and an oasis within the city.”

The Waterline Club is a private leisure club for residents of New York’s Waterline Square
The club also includes a basketball court

The central hub of the club is a vast travertine-lined room, dubbed Nexus, which is located down on the third, lowest level. Dotted with an array of plush leather sofas and sculptural armchairs, the room has sightlines through to activity rooms at this level like the gym and tennis court.

At this level there’s also a 30-foot-tall (nine-metre-tall) rock climbing wall, a half-pipe skate park, a golf simulation room, a music recording studio and an indoor greenhouse where residents can do gardening.

The Waterline Club is a private leisure club for residents of New York’s Waterline Square
Musical residents can make use of the club’s recording studio

Winding up and across the Nexus is a sinuous wooden bridge that connects visitors to amenities on the club’s upper floors.

Rockwell Group, which describes the structure as a “circulation ribbon”, took cues from other notable pedestrian paths in New York such as the spiralling walkway inside the Guggenheim Museum and the looping running track that goes around Central Park’s reservoir.

“The bridge inspires guests to seek out new adventures,” added the firm. “It dips down in the centre, which gives the illusion of tension or stretching and also evokes speed and movement.”

The Waterline Club is a private leisure club for residents of New York’s Waterline Square
There’s additionally a series of playrooms for residents’ children

Among the selection of amenities on the club’s second floor are children’s playrooms, a games arcade, a pets area and a variety of fitness spaces including a basketball court, kickboxing…



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