Ellipse: Arquitectonica’s first Jersey City project

Named for its oval form, Ellipse stands apart from its contemporaries along the Jersey City waterfront with a distinctive elliptical shape and glass façade. Drawing inspiration from its idyllic location on the Hudson River, Arquitectonica designed the building to maximize the potential of the 381 apartment layouts and their unrivalled views of the Manhattan skyline.

This concept is what Arquitectonica’s NYC office director Sam Luckino said: “changed the quality of the units.” Attention to quality, he explained, is what prolific NYC developer LeFrak was after with Ellipse.

“The tower’s form of an extruded ellipse was a solution to maximize the number of units on each floor having city views, and also to maintain as many view angles as possible from existing flanking buildings.”

Sam noted the significance of material specification to evoking a certain feeling in the building’s user:

“Floor to ceiling glass and aluminium window wall was chosen to create the sensation from inside that the view horizon is directly connected as an extension of the interior. Painted aluminium extrusions were incorporated on the exterior of the window wall at the slab line and at the intermediate horizontal mullion to create the effect of a sinuous texture that reads moving vertically on the facade.”

The residences, which were designed by HLW and LeFrak, range from spacious studios to three-bedroom homes, as well as five penthouses including two unique four-bedroom homes.

“The interiors were designed to feel contemporary and current but also approachable so that tenants can really envision themselves living comfortably in the building. To do this, premium fixtures, sleek quartz countertops, stone tile backsplash, glossy wall cabinets and wood-veneered base cabinets transition down to a natural wood plank flooring which connects the interiors to the horizon beyond.”

“LeFrak wanted to do something unique and offer something that was elevated above the other kinds of products they’ve offered.”