Design Principles

Good design is good business. Over the past twenty years, Anbau has established a deep knowledge of the City and its local residential product type. Our goal is to create homes for the diverse and ever changing needs of the 21st century urban dweller. Our entrepreneurial culture promotes out-of-the-box thinking that encourages creative solutions to design, construction and marketing challenges. Each building is architecturally distinct with an identity closely tied to its context and submarket. Special attention is given to floor plans, a building’s skin and their relationship to each other. Process, rigorous due diligence and attention to detail are as critical to project execution as they are to financial success.

Investment Principles

Anbau focuses on what we do best: residential condominium development in New York City. Against this backdrop, we seek value and appropriate risk-adjusted returns. We gravitate toward projects that are complex because they appeal to our distinctive strengths and often offer outsized opportunity to unlock value. Once identified, we dive deep into due diligence before committing, believing that extensive knowledge is key to risk mitigation. We personally invest meaningful capital in each project, and in doing so, have alignment with our investor’s interests. Anbau has consistently delivered compelling financial returns.

A CONVERSATION ON
ANBAU'S PROCESS

Stephen Glascock

President, Managing Partner

Our name, Anbau, is German for "to add onto." We chose it because it expressed our ambition to make all of our contributions valuable for each project. The name Anbau provided a yardstick against which we could evaluate each of our development and design decisions and ask ourselves: are we adding real value through this process?

When we started out, we sought to bridge the gap between the way the design world works and the way development and finance businesses operate, balancing creativity and entrepreneurial discipline. Our buildings would be driven not only by financial returns but also by design principles, construction quality and concerns for community and neighborhood context.

After two children and five years of running an architecture business, Barbara was offered an opportunity to pursue her interests in land conservation. She sold her portion of her business and became executive director of a charitable foundation devoted to land conservation, planning and historic preservation. By 1998, together we really knew how to design and build buildings. We were confident in our ability to control costs, reduce risks, and add value along the way. The market was trending upward. It was time to launch our version of a real estate development company.

Today, we have a small, nimble staff of accomplished professionals who manage the acquisition, financing, design and construction of every project. The Anbau team works closely with architects, contractors, brokers, lending institutions, investors and a whole set of consultants – they consistently exceed expectations.

Another gratifying aspect of managing Anbau is the opportunity to work with so many incredibly talented and interesting people. In the years ahead, we look forward to expanding the circle of strategic partners and associates who share our values and goals and contribute to our mutual success.

Beyond satisfying our client base and partners, we hope our projects enrich the communities they inhabit both as distinctive pieces of architecture and as good members of the urban context.

Barbara Van Beuren

Managing Director

We observed that many critical decisions were being made by clients who often put return on investment ahead of quality and aesthetics. Too often, it seemed that those things that should add value - good design and good construction - were the first to be compromised.

When we first moved to New York City, I started an architecture office and Steve enrolled at Columbia University for a Master's in Real Estate Development. After Columbia, Steve gained valuable hands-on experience as Vice President of a construction management company building over 100 housing units - including a number of upscale units in SoHo, as well as affordable units on the Lower East Side. He went on to work as a senior project manager for Eichner Enterprises, managing all aspects of a 200,000 sf new development project on the Upper East Side.

From the beginning, we governed our business’s actions by a set of clear principles – above all, striking a balance between creativity, craft, disciplined development, investment and financing. After almost fifteen years working in luxury real estate development, every one of our buildings has been completed on schedule and has exceeded our return projections.

When we look back on our past projects and those that we have in-progress, we’re proud that each building is distinctive and unique, effectively responding to market conditions and community. It’s fulfilling to know that we’re eschewing any reproducible style to create homes that match our homeowners’ individual lifestyles.

Our goal is to pursue a limited number of increasingly larger, more complex and creative buildings that challenge our capabilities. We continue to look to add value on multiple levels: in acquisition, finance, design and construction.

A CONVERSATION ON
ANBAU'S PROCESS

Stephen Glascock

President, Managing Partner

Barbara Van Beuren

Managing Director

Stephen Glascock

Our name, Anbau, is German for "to add onto." We chose it because it expressed our ambition to make all of our contributions valuable for each project. The name Anbau provided a yardstick against which we could evaluate each of our development and design decisions and ask ourselves: are we adding real value through this process?

Barbara Van Beuren

We observed that many critical decisions were being made by clients who often put return on investment ahead of quality and aesthetics. Too often, it seemed that those things that should add value - good design and good construction - were the first to be compromised.

Stephen Glascock

When we started out, we sought to bridge the gap between the way the design world works and the way development and finance businesses operate, balancing creativity and entrepreneurial discipline. Our buildings would be driven not only by financial returns but also by design principles, construction quality and concerns for community and neighborhood context.

Barbara Van Beuren

When we first moved to New York City, I started an architecture office and Steve enrolled at Columbia University for a Master's in Real Estate Development. After Columbia, Steve gained valuable hands-on experience as Vice President of a construction management company building over 100 housing units - including a number of upscale units in SoHo, as well as affordable units on the Lower East Side. He went on to work as a senior project manager for Eichner Enterprises, managing all aspects of a 200,000 sf new development project on the Upper East Side.

Stephen Glascock

After two children and five years of running an architecture business, Barbara was offered an opportunity to pursue her interests in land conservation. She sold her portion of her business and became executive director of a charitable foundation devoted to land conservation, planning and historic preservation. By 1998, together we really knew how to design and build buildings. We were confident in our ability to control costs, reduce risks, and add value along the way. The market was trending upward. It was time to launch our version of a real estate development company.

Barbara Van Beuren

From the beginning, we governed our business’s actions by a set of clear principles – above all, striking a balance between creativity, craft, disciplined development, investment and financing. After almost fifteen years working in luxury real estate development, every one of our buildings has been completed on schedule and has exceeded our return projections.

Stephen Glascock

Today, we have a small, nimble staff of accomplished professionals who manage the acquisition, financing, design and construction of every project. The Anbau team works closely with architects, contractors, brokers, lending institutions, investors and a whole set of consultants – they consistently exceed expectations.

Barbara Van Beuren

When we look back on our past projects and those that we have in-progress, we’re proud that each building is distinctive and unique, effectively responding to market conditions and community. It’s fulfilling to know that we’re eschewing any reproducible style to create homes that match our homeowners’ individual lifestyles.

Stephen Glascock

Another gratifying aspect of managing Anbau is the opportunity to work with so many incredibly talented and interesting people. In the years ahead, we look forward to expanding the circle of strategic partners and associates who share our values and goals and contribute to our mutual success.

Barbara Van Beuren

Our goal is to pursue a limited number of increasingly larger, more complex and creative buildings that challenge our capabilities. We continue to look to add value on multiple levels: in acquisition, finance, design and construction.

Stephen Glascock

Beyond satisfying our client base and partners, we hope our projects enrich the communities they inhabit both as distinctive pieces of architecture and as good members of the urban context.