Elkus Manfredi Architects recently completed ‘The Modern’ mixed-use residential development at the foot of the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey. It is a major landmark for Fort Lee and a catalyst for significant future growth in the surrounding area.
Located on a site totaling 7.7 acres in downtown Fort Lee, The Modern’s two 47-story glass towers contain a total of 900 luxury rental apartments. Rising from a podium above the Palisades and the Hudson River and clad in sleek glass curtainwall, the two structures make a striking statement, clearly identifiable from Manhattan and the west, that speaks of the clean, classic lines of timeless design and the drama of their natural setting. Magnificent views and the promise of a cosmopolitan lifestyle in a mix of residences with unmatched private amenities, in combination with easy access to Manhattan, make The Modern a highly desirable destination along New Jersey’s Hudson River waterfront.
Ranging in size from studios to three-bedroom units, the apartments are each a warm, sophisticated home with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River, and the monumental George Washington Bridge. In both buildings, amenities for tenants become each resident’s extended ‘living room.’ These include indoor/outdoor dining, entertainment, and fitness venues, plus large outdoor pools, spas, private barbeque areas, and more.
At ground level, the parking structure of each tower is buffered by the lush park plantings of the Central Green, a 1.75-acre park located between the two towers. The roof of each parking structure is a landscaped deck overlooking the Central Green. Providing a park landscape for all of Fort Lee to enjoy, the Green features a central pond, rain garden, and pedestrian walkways. A signature restaurant with outdoor dining terraces is an architectural focal point and destination on the Central Green at Park Avenue.
Photography: Adrian Wilson