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    Seems it will look pretty much like the render -- just less glossy.

    Without the horizontal bands between floors and the glass fronts on the balconies, for now it appears taller and slimmer ...

    Wonder if they will plant any trees on the sidewalks here (none are now present in front of IAC or the Selldorf project next door)?

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    The second floor units are ridiculously exposed.

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    Good architecture doesn't need to be all bells and whistles.

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    I wonder if condo association rules prohibit commissioned graffiti murals on the face of one's shutter(s)?


    "Maybe one day we'll be on that wall" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Impossible"

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    It looks like the sliding doors are perforated and will allow light to come through.
    Bamboo shades; thus the construction fence.


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    Holy Shigeru! West Chelsea's Metal Shutter Houses Exposed!

    September 29, 2009, by Joey



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    He came, he saw, he shuttered. Japanese starchitect (and Cooper Union alum!) Shigeru Ban's high-end take on bodegas rich people can sleep in has been unveiled in the West Chelsea Starchitecture District, after recently teasing us with a reveal. Peep the MSH archives for renderings and a trip down memory lane, when building seven-unit buildings priced at $3,000/sf made total sense. That's Gehry's IAC and Selldorf's 520 West Chelsea on either side. Maybe the mechanized shutters are meant to keep High Liners' prying eyes out?

    Metal Shutter Houses coverage [Curbed]
    Metal Shutter Houses [Official Site]

    http://curbed.com/archives/2009/09/2...es_exposed.php

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    In late afternoon, the Nouvel building bounces weird reflections onto IAC.

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    I had high hopes for Metal Shutter Houses, but seeing it lately -- by both day and night -- the roll down doors are a disappointment.

    Looks like a storage facility

    Haven't been inside, so maybe they create a more interesting effect from that POV.

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    Metal Shutter Warehouse.

    A bit of a disappointment, like the Selldorf building next door; but the entire street ensemble works well.

    Have to wonder why a north facing building needs gauzy screens.

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    From those pictures it looks only ok. Definitely better than a warehouse. It is simple like most of Ban's work. Not his best.

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    I walked by yesterday. I like it. I also like the slot windows on the western facade.

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    The PH here reportedly is in contract for $10,500,000

    StreetEasy shows two other units have sold.

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