When you enter DDG’s 180 East 88th’s sales gallery you’re immediately struck by the recreation of the building’s facade. This will be created using handmade Kolumba brick made in Denmark by Petersen Tegl — you can see and feel the thumbprints in the grayish facade. Adjacent to it, the large window has been created by Albertini from Italy.


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This European influence continues throughout the building, and DDG’s Chairman and CEO Joseph A. McMillan, Jr., said his firm was inspired by Art Deco architecture while thinking about their Upper East Side project.


The sales gallery has been fitted out with what a typical condo’s living room, dining area, kitchen and master bathroom will look like. In these living rooms, or great rooms as they’re being called by DDG, ceiling heights will vary from 14’-2″ feet to an astonishing 28′-8″feet in the duplexes, and the windows will be up to nine-feet tall.


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The kitchen carries on that European influence with this area being designed by DDG in collaboration with Molteni&C Dada of the Italian company, the Molteni Group. The kitchen will come fitted with a Gaggenau appliance package and Italian Statuario marble slab countertops. Master bathrooms will come fitted with silver travertine and natural brass fixtures by Fantini, also from Italy.


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Building lobbies are where developers and architects often love to make the boldest statements, and so too is the case with DDG’s building. A hand-sculpted plaster creation by German artist Jan Hooss can be seen in the sales office. Once the building is complete this work will be transported to the lobby of the building and fitted above a fireplace.


We didn’t really get a sense of the amenities in the sales office, save for its depiction in the model of the building. However when the condo is complete, it will offer residents a basketball court, soccer pitch, children’s playroom, fitness center, private storage, resident’s lounge, game room and a wine room for private wine tastings.


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Sales on the tower’s 48 apartments got underway early last year with prices starting at $3.2 million for a two-bedroom (though the building will feature a mix of studios through triplex residences). All the units haven’t appeared on the market yet, but of the ones currently available prices range from $3.45 million for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit, and go up to $6.875 million for a four-bedroom home on the 24th floor of the building. Construction on the project is expected to wrap sometime next year.