Everyone knows that New York City is a breeding ground for architectural innovation. To celebrate the end of Archtober, we have located four New York properties with hidden architectural marvels that are nearly invisible to the naked eye.

1 Flatbush
Downtown Brooklyn

This “floating” Hill West Architects-designed apartment building appears to hover gracefully above the retail space on its ground level, which is accomplished by setting the second floor amenity space back with terrace parapets and a view gap.

 Photo courtesy of MAQE

1 Seaport
Financial District

Hill West Architects replicates the exact color of sunlight reflecting off of the East River for the color of the glass on the condo’s exterior, seamlessly extending its 360-degree harbor views.

Photo courtesy of Williams New York

277 Fifth

Rafael Viñoly opted to place the support columns on the outside of this luxury condo, creating the appearance of an exoskeleton in between the floor-to-ceiling windows. On the interior, the result is wide open spaces without support columns breaking up the open layout.

 Photo courtesy of Pentagram

Midtown West

One would never guess this slim building boasts the most apartments in a single tower in New York City. At 1,175 units and nearly one million square feet, Hill West Architects kept the building sleek and slim by sliding two connected masses away from one another on a single base.

Photo courtesy of Tim Waltman for Evan Joseph Photography