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    I'd hang that on my wall.

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    Developers’ Effort to Warm a Lobby Leaves Some Cold

    By FRED A. BERNSTEIN


    The building's stark lobby before renovations began.

    The developers of a condominium building at 100 11th Avenue in Manhattan got off to a rough start. In excavating the site they hit mud instead of bedrock, which led to long delays; by the time the 54 units were ready for occupancy, the demand for high-end condominiums had softened.

    At least 16 units in the building, which overlooks the Hudson River at West 19th Street, remain unsold. And the commercial space that occupies much of the building’s ground floor is vacant.

    But the developers, Cape Advisors, had an ace in the hole: architecture by Jean Nouvel, a Pritzker Prize-winner with a towering international reputation. Mr. Nouvel has been the focus of an elaborate marketing campaign for the building.

    Now the developers face a quandary. Real estate agents attribute slow sales in part to the lobby designed by Mr. Nouvel, a stark black space.

    So the developers have begun to alter the lobby, not with the help of Mr. Nouvel, but of Jennifer Post, an Upper East Side interior designer.

    Mr. Nouvel, reached at his studio in Paris, said he was sad about the changes. “They have gone off course,” he said of the developers. “They want to complete the building as inexpensively as possible and they want to take the money.”

    Mr. Nouvel handed the phone to Francois Leininger, the project architect, who had just returned from New York. “None of what they’re doing is related to our design,” Mr. Leininger said. “We are out of the loop.”

    Work on the lobby began when the owners removed some of its granite floor last week. The stone has been replaced with carpet.

    Ms. Post said she was bringing in “three huge black boulders, rock sculptures, designed by me — they’re as big as grizzlies. And I’m adding furniture from my collection — two seating areas, in cashmere. We’re creating an environment where people are welcomed into the Nouvel building.”

    Holly Parker, a broker with Prudential Douglas Elliman and the building’s sales director, said the goal was to “take it to the next step of making the lobby more residential, and comfortable, when you walk in.” Ms. Parker’s listings range from a $1.45 million one-bedroom unit to a $22 million four-bedroom penthouse.

    She said that she had heard, over and over, from both potential buyers and current residents, that they wanted the lobby warmed up, which she communicated to the developers. “They interviewed a bunch of different people, and they made a decision to go with Jennifer Post,” she said. She said that the furniture Ms. Post chose for the lobby would create a “more residential” feel, without disturbing Mr. Nouvel’s architecture.
    But some owners are skeptical.

    “I don’t want it warmed up,” said Todd Eberle, a photographer who with his partner, Richard Pandiscio, owns a one-bedroom condo in the building. (Mr. Pandiscio also developed the marketing campaign for the building.) Their neighbor Barbara Dente, a communications executive, agrees. Ms. Dente, whose weekend house was designed by the modernist Marcel Breuer, said she wanted her Nouvel as Mr. Nouvel intended it.

    The owners were particularly dismayed that they were not consulted on the changes.

    They said they also could not determine whether it was the original developer, Cape Advisors, or Pembrook Capital Management that was calling the shots.

    Last year, Pembrook lent $47.1 million to Cape Advisors to keep the project afloat.
    Stuart J. Boesky, the chief executive of Pembrook, said he supported the lobby update.

    He said that he was not telling Cape Advisors what to do, but that “they consulted with us, and we thought it was a good idea.”

    Mr. Boesky said the real estate agents were right to report the views of potential buyers. “I think it is appropriately their job to tell the owner what is in the best interests of selling the units,” he said. Mr. Boesky said he was upbeat about the building’s prospects. “The market’s coming back nicely, albeit not at the same price level as before,” he said.

    The existing lobby, Ms. Post said, is 60 feet long and “it’s nothing but a cold black hallway. We’re not taking anything away from Nouvel. He’s a hard-surface minimalist — I’m adding my soft surfaces. I’m complementing his aesthetic.”

    Still, Mr. Boesky said, “That building is absolutely a piece of art by Jean Nouvel.”
    Ms. Parker added, “We are channeling Nouvel.”

    But Mr. Nouvel, who is based in Paris, does not want to be channeled. “What I designed was very precise,” he said, adding, “It’s not respectful.”

    According to Jeffrey S. Reich, a lawyer in Manhattan who often represents condominium buyers in lawsuits, condo owners have a right to sue if the building that is delivered is not the building they were promised. But in this case, he and his law partner, Steven D. Sladkus, said it might be hard for tenants to prove damages, unless they can show that the new lobby decreased the value of the apartments.

    Its basic configuration will not change. Upon entering the lobby, visitors walk up seven stairs, then turn 90 degrees to enter a large dark space. At the top of the stairs a glass enclosure — which some have likened to a fish tank — hid the concierge desk, until it was removed last week.

    Now residents are waiting to see what the new version of the lobby will look like. Ms. Post is known for creating spare interiors; she once warned potential clients, “You can’t bring your 17 family photographs and your grandmother’s seven dining chairs. You can keep one of each.”

    Ms. Parker, the broker, said she believed 9 out of 10 people in the building supported the changes, but that “eventually the condo association will take control. And if they don’t like the new furniture, they can put it in the basement.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/27/bu...er=rss&emc=rss

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/1...on_machine.php

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    Buyer Remorse Hits Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Avenue

    February 3, 2011, by Sara Polsky







    Buyer Barbara Dente purchased this 1BR, 1.5BA pad on the 16th floor of Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Avenue less than a year ago for $2,018,250. Last week, she put #16B back on the market with a relatively modest increase to $2,695,000. It would be a fast turnaround for an ordinary building, but for the finest French starchitecture has to offer—quelle horreur! We might have guessed the lobby rocks threw things out of balance, but it turns out the boulders are just three of many horreurs plaguing the building's buyers.
    The Real Deal's Candace Taylor files a rather epic analysis in this month's issue of the magazine on the epidemic of buyer's remorse now sweeping through the Vision Machine.

    Buyers claim they've ended up with shoddy construction, lobby leaks, curtain wall problems, and cracking concrete due to cost-cutting. Nouvel's on their side. And while Nouvel takes his complaints to the papers, the buyers have been bringing theirs to court. More than half of the initial round of buyers attempted to back out of their contracts.

    Even some of the buyers who went ahead with their closings are displeased. One of the leaders of the current charge is number one Nouvel fan Todd Eberle, who was last seen worrying over the rust on one of the building's steel beams. Other current resident issues: detached ceiling panels held in place with tape, badly poured concrete, and marks on the floors from walls that were moved. So, uh, anyone planning to check out #16B?

    Tumult at Nouvel Tower [Real Deal]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/0...venue.php#more

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    Curtain wall problems are to be expected. I bet the contractors have never done a curtain wall like that before (which is understandably unique), so they had no experience with this specific type of construction, containing so many unusual angles and connection details.

    It's inexcusable anyway.

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    Didn't they build a mock-up? Considering they started construction in 2007, they had plenty of time to put it in a field and see how it performed in different weather conditions.

    I think it's all caused by shoddy construction and cost-cutting; this building had financial problems right from the start with the amount of work involved in the foundation.

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    ob- Knox-ious

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    If the architects can slap their names on their work then why not the muralists?

    Seems to be the sign of the times.

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    The sign is the work.

    As it now stands, this isn't a mural; it's a billboard.

    Advertising the "artist" with block letters, it seems presumptuous, even arrogant.
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    Harkens back to days of yore in Soho when local artist Rene took over some walls for his work ...


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    We had this discussion beginning with post #398. I don't think anything's changed. Still just spite.

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    Well ... you know how the arty types are ...

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