To say that Olympia Dumbo is informed by its geography is an understatement. Nearly everything: from the sail-shaped silhouette designed by Hill West Architects and the maritime-inspired interiors by Workstead, to the name itself—Olympia was the area’s original moniker; today, it’s known as Dumbo—is a nod to its historic waterfront location. As Workstead cofounder Ryan Mahoney explains, “We reference history very methodically with a new building like Olympia, so that it is rooted in the story of the neighborhood.” But this dramatic tower is also breaking new ground. For starters, it’s the tallest residential building in the neighborhood, climbing 33 stories and affording views of the harbor and across to Lower Manhattan. It also claims an unparalleled array of amenities, including a bowling alley, boxing gym, pet spa, multiple pools—and, yes, a shipwreck-inspired playground for Olympia’s smaller residents to explore.
Developed By Fortis Property Group
BrokerDouglas Elliman Real Estate & Sotheby’s International Realty
Designed by Hill West Architects, anchored in the neighborhood’s maritime past, Olympia has a sail-like silhouette that rises 401 feet from a classical colonnade-like podium. Depending on where you’re standing, the glass and concrete structure may appear solid and substantial or dynamic and ethereal. “Olympia’s twisted balconies and offset patterning on its exterior bring the building to life, reflecting and complementing both Dumbo’s waterfront and the neighborhood’s tones and textures,” says Hill West’s Viraj Hankare.
Directly on the water, overlooking Lower Manhattan, DUMBO—Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass—marries industrial architecture with a decidedly creative disposition, old-fashioned charm with a youthful energy. Here, you’ll find loft buildings housing art galleries and performance spaces, independent bookstores and printing houses, tech startups and sleek fitness studios. And then, of course, there is the waterfront, with plenty of green space, promenades for walking and cycling, and landmarks like Jane’s Carousel, originally built in 1922 and impeccably restored.
Olympia has just 76 residences in total, with no more than six homes per floor and two penthouses occupying the top two floors. All were designed by Workstead, an award-winning design studio with an emphasis on incorporating history and heritage into contemporary living spaces. Imagine gallery-like spaces with soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and full-width terraces affording spectacular views and stunning sunsets. The overall feeling is restrained but elegant, with a neutral palette, marble and stainless-steel finishes, and unique detailing (raked maple cabinetry, for example, and Workstead’s signature chamfered edges) that add a sense of luxury. Even the doorway was created with intention and care: “An entry door is so often just painted metal, with not a lot of celebration. Here we’ve made this very special entry to your sanctuary,” says Workstead’s Nadine Lynch.
Olympia’s amenities would be impressive for a much larger development; for a tower with just 76 homes, the over 38,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor offerings, spread out over three floors, are truly extraordinary. On the first level, the Garden, as its name suggests, includes lush private gardens, as well as a lounge overlooking them. In the triple-height lobby, a floating sculpture by New York-based artist Jacob Hashimoto commands attention and draws inspiration from both the water and the gardens. The Bridge level is dedicated to wellness, with a light-filled indoor pool, steam room, and sauna for relaxing, and an outdoor pool, tennis court, and kid’s playground for more active pursuits. The Club offers even more space for working out (including a boxing gym and movement studio) as well as a lounge and a two-lane bowling alley that take “staying in” to a whole new level.
- 24hr Doorman
- Bike Storage
- Bowling Alley
- Children's Playroom
- Fitness Center
- Juice Bar
- On-Site Parking
- Outdoor Grills
- Outdoor Pool
- Outdoor Space
- Pet Spa
- Spinning Room
- Steam Room
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis Court
- Yoga Studio
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