Drilling into Manhattan’s bedrock has begun, creating the foundation for 180 East 88th, which will be the tallest building (160 meters) above 72nd Street once it is completed in 2018.

In contrast to the surrounding glass skyscrapers, the 48-residence brick building will evoke associations with the brick skyscrapers of the golden 1930s Manhattan. The brick chosen is handmade Danish Kolumba, combined with structural concrete mixed on site. Tribeca-based DDG is the developer, designer, builder, and property manager, and hopes the building will highlight the importance of handmade materials in architecture. 180 East 88th is the second building built by DDG in handmade brick from Broager. In 2013, the studio inaugurated the building 345meatpacking, a residential building, also made in Kolumba.