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Behind The Belnord is an extraordinary team of deeply experienced and highly creative all-stars in the fields of real estate development and design, all working at the peak of their powers to create an extraordinary experience in living within this unique masterpiece of urban architecture. Each is a leader in his or her field. We are proud to introduce them to you.

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The Belnord was conceived in 1908 as the largest and most luxurious apartment house in the world. The Italian Renaissance-style palazzo, with a pair of magnificent, gated and guarded arched entryways, occupies a full city block.

Behind The Belnord is an extraordinary team of deeply experienced and highly creative all-stars in the fields of real estate development and design, all working at the peak of their powers to create an extraordinary experience in living within this unique masterpiece of urban architecture. Each is a leader in his or her field. We are proud to introduce them to you.

RESIDENCE INTERIORS

ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS (RAMSA)

No one knows the New York apartment house better than Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The firm, known for its commitment to quality and for its deep understanding of history, has a stellar reputation for creating residences for New York's most discerning homeowners. The firm's founder and Senior Partner Robert A.M. Stern served as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1998 to 2016; his passion of New York City's architecture and urbanism is documented in his renowned five-volume New York book series.

HFZ's Feldman says he chose the firm for The Belnord because "Stern had already re-envisioned pre-war luxury, but not in an existing building. His pedigree and his vision convinced me he'd be its perfect caretaker." And renewing The Belnord was a challenge Stern and his Partners Paul Whalen and Sargent Gardiner could not resist.

The firm’s founder and Senior Partner Robert A.M. Stern, architect, teacher, and writer, served as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1998 to 2016. His passion for New York City’s architecture and urbanism is documented in his renowned five-volume New York book series. Stern led the firm’s design work on The Belnord together with his Partners Paul Whalen and Sargent Gardiner.

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15 Central Park West

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(Left to right) Thirty Park Place, Four Seasons Residences; Superior Ink, 400 West 12th Street; The Brompton, 205 East 85th Street

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15 Central Park West
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PUBLIC SPACES DÉCOR

ARCHITECTURE AT LARGE/
RAFAEL DE CÁRDENAS

Rafael de Cárdenas, a native New Yorker, studied fashion at the Rhode Island School of Design, before starting his career as a designer for Calvin Klein’s men’s collection. Switching to architecture, he earned a Master’s Degree from UCLA in 2002. In his first post-graduate job, he worked on a team that was one of six finalists in the competition to replace New York’s World Trade Center. In 2004, he joined the design and production studio Imaginary Forces as its creative director, working for corporate clients like BMW and Home Box Office. Two years later, he opened his own design studio, Architecture at Large, tackling projects large and small, from exhibition spaces, retail stores, and hotels and restaurants to private residences and custom-designed furniture for an international clientele. Rafael de Cárdenas and his design firm are responsible for the décor of the public spaces at The Belnord.

Rafael de Cárdenas, a native New Yorker, studied fashion at the Rhode Island School of Design, before starting his career as a designer for Calvin Klein’s men’s collection. Switching to architecture, he earned a Master’s Degree from UCLA in 2002. In his first post-graduate job, he worked on a team that was one of six finalists in the competition to replace New York’s World Trade Center. Rafael de Cárdenas and his design firm are responsible for the décor of the public spaces at The Belnord.

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(Top to bottom) Private Residence, Greenwich Village; Glebe Place, Chelsea, London; The Greenwich Lane, 155 West 11th Street

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Private Residence, Greenwich Village

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Greenwich Village, Private Residence
COURTYARD & GARDEN

HOLLANDER DESIGN/
EDMUND D. HOLLANDER

HOLLANDER DESIGN

The award-winning firm led by Edmund D. Hollander, which is redesigning The Belnord’s courtyard, has earned a plethora of awards and an unassailable reputation for ecologically-conscious design with its work on projects ranging from residential estates and gardens and horse farms, to golf courses, public parks, and historic landscapes in environments as diverse as New York City, Long Island’s North Shore Gold Coast, the Hamptons, the Caribbean, Europe and China. For The Belnord’s courtyard, Hollander says, he sought to evoke, “a feeling, an ambience and almost a different time.”

The award-winning firm led by Edmund D. Hollander, which is redesigning The Belnord’s courtyard, has earned a plethora of awards and an unassailable reputation for ecologically-conscious design with its work on projects ranging from residential estates and gardens and horse farms, to golf courses, public parks, and historic landscapes in environments as diverse as New York City, Long Island’s North Shore Gold Coast, the Hamptons, the Caribbean, Europe and China. For The Belnord’s courtyard, Hollander says, he sought to evoke, “a feeling, an ambience and almost a different time.”

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English Country House

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(Left to right) Gibson Beach, On the Bluff, City Courtyard

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ARCHITECT OF RECORD

BP ARCHITECTS/
FERNANDO PAPALE

BP Architects and its principal Fernando Papale are architects specializing in both historic preservation and new construction, making BP Architects a proper fit as the executive architect at The Belnord. Papale, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, started his first design firm at age 23, and has taught the history of architecture at the University of Buenos Aires. He moved to New York in 1996, and worked in several architecture firms before opening one of his own. Papale has extensive experience in historic renovation and high-end residential projects.

BP Architects and its principal Fernando Papale are architects specializing in both historic preservation and new construction, making BP Architects a proper fit as the executive architect at The Belnord. Papale, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, started his first design firm at age 23, and has taught the history of architecture at the University of Buenos Aires. He moved to New York in 1996, and worked in several architecture firms before opening one of his own. Papale has extensive experience in historic renovation and high-end residential projects.

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Private Residence, Upper West Side

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Private Residence, Upper West Side
HISTORIC PRESERVATION

PAGE AYRES
COWLEY ARCHITECTURE/
PAGE AYRES COWLEY

PACA is a full-service architectural firm specializing in the design, re-invention and restoration of historic buildings. It is the fourth iteration of a firm founded in 1887 by Charles A. Platt, who designed buildings and gardens for families like the Astors, Roosevelts and Rockefellers. Cowley, a specialist in historic preservation, and open space and city planning is expert at working with the public and private agencies responsible for historic structures. She has worked on churches, museums, theaters, historic rail and subway stations, monuments, residences and commercial building in the last three-plus decades. Cowley was first retained to restore The Belnord’s masonry and metal ornamentation in 2009, and has remained with the project ever since.

PACA is a full-service architectural firm specializing in the design, re-invention and restoration of historic buildings. It is the fourth iteration of a firm founded in 1887 by Charles A. Platt, who designed buildings and gardens for families like the Astors, Roosevelts and Rockefellers. Cowley, a specialist in historic preservation, and open space and city planning is expert at working with the public and private agencies responsible for historic structures. She has worked on churches, museums, theaters, historic rail and subway stations, monuments, residences and commercial building in the last three-plus decades. Cowley was first retained to restore The Belnord’s masonry and metal ornamentation in 2009, and has remained with the project ever since.

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Corbin Building
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Corbin Building

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(Left to right) Madison Avenue Bank, Canal Street

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DEVELOPER

HFZ CAPITAL GROUP

HFZ Capital Group is a Manhattan-based real estate investment and development company formed in 2005, with broad and deep experience in both residential and commercial properties. One of the most active and influential developers of luxury condominiums in Manhattan, it has in excess of ten million square feet of Manhattan real estate under management or in development, including over 2,500 residences.

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The XI, 76 Eleventh Avenue

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(Top to bottom) One Madison, 23 East 22nd Street; The Chatsworth, 344 West 72nd Street; The Bryant, 16 West 40th Street

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DEVELOPER

HFZ CAPITAL GROUP

HFZ, a Manhattan-based real estate investment and development company, is one of the most active and influential developers of luxury condominiums in Manhattan. It is unique in balancing a reverence for restoring and preserving historic buildings of grace and refinement with its expertise in creating brand-new, architecturally-significant properties in collaboration with renowned architects and designers. Combining myriad historic qualities with state-of-the-art innovation, The Belnord epitomizes HFZ’s expertise in both innovation and preservation.

HFZ Capital Group's founder and chairman Ziel Feldman, with his broad and deep experience, balancing a reverence for restoring historic buildings with an expertise in creating brand-new, architecturally significant properties, has now combined those passions, at The Belnord and created a masterpiece.