I think its very UES.
Designed by Selldorf Architects, this is going to be a very nice building.
With those huge windows and the detailing in the rendering? I disagree.
From last week...
I can't wait until they start putting up the groovy terra cotta tiles on the facade.
Now that warm weather is here they should be getting it on pronto.
Seems like this one slowed down.
Not really...it never was going fast .
They're make slow but continual progress on treating the outside of the concrete structure in preparation for installation of the facade.
This is going up very quietly despite the fact that it's one of NY's best new buildings of the year.
Construction Watch: 200 Eleventh Shows Off Its Steel
July 31, 2009, by Pete
Steel detailing stacked on West 24th Street.
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The fact that we've ignored 200 Eleventh Avenue for so long just goes to show how crazy the West Chelsea Starchitecture Zone is getting these days. The darn thing has a sky garage! We'll blame it on the broken mirror, but we can ignore architect Annabelle Selldorf's creation no longer. The concrete shell of the tower has been standing for months, and now—finally—some of that promised glitz is going on. The windows of the upper 16 floors are being framed by big slabs of molded stainless steel, all custom formed by the same gang that worked wonders on the new Academic Building for Cooper Union on the Bowery.
Even with scaffolding hiding the shiny new steel columns from full view, the effect in the setting sun is even better than what was shown in renderings. They glisten, they gleam, they'll blind unsuspecting Jerseyites—and in the end, isn't that what it's all about? The three floors of the building's base will be clad with contrasting gun-metal terracotta, but none of that is up yet. Given the pace of construction the date when Domenico Dolce will actually be able to float a vehicle up to his $17.5 M duplex penthouse is anyone's guess.
200 Eleventh Avenue coverage [Curbed]
200 Eleventh [Official Site]
Tower by Selldorf Offers Lofty Perk: Private "Sky" Garages
August 10, 2009
By Nadine M. Post
Lifestyle doyenne Martha Stewart, more at home with comforters than cars, likely never dreamed her commuting-to-work routine would inspire a way of living, which could be called insider parking. But the developer of a 19-story residential building nearing completion in Manhattan, just blocks from the 19-story Starret-Lehigh building where Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. has its offices, modeled its 15 “sky” garages after Stewart’s habit of driving her vehicle straight into the freight elevator and up to her office.
The tower, called 200 Eleventh Avenue, is being built in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Residents will drive through a gate and into a lift, which will take them to the private garage attached to their apartments.
The new residential building, designed by Selldorf Architects, takes the privacy and parking ease of a gated community from the burbs to the "urbs" and turns it on end. Called 200 Eleventh Avenue, it is said to be the first high-rise in the U.S. to provide individual parking "rooms," one outside each of the tower's duplexes.
The developer sees the “attached” garages as a market differentiator but knew there would be process hurdles regarding permitting and acceptance hurdles for the garages, especially concerning fire safety. The garages, within the tower’s 1-ft-thick concrete core, have “crash walls,” fire doors and walls with three-hour ratings instead of one or two, and mechanical ventilation.
“We knew there would be a lot of attention and wanted to mitigate any concerns, so we went above and beyond” the code for a garage, says Glauco Lolli-Ghetti, operating partner for the project’s local developer, Gaia House, a partnership of Urban Muse and Young Woo & Associates.
The building, which faces the Hudson River, has a 16-story tower, 82 ft x 42 ft in plan, sitting on a three-story plinth, 99 ft x 75 ft in plan. The garage and car lift are 45 ft long and project 8 ft from the back east-facing wall. Each typical duplex takes up half of either the north or south footprint. Units are staggered vertically, with the kitchen and living space of one adjacent to bedroom space of another. The 350-sq-ft garage is assigned to the apartment with the kitchen on that level, says Marc Pittsley, project manager for Selldorf Architects. Every duplex has access to a common hallway at both levels, which contains fire stairs and garage access. On alternating floors, garage access is either down the hall or across the hall from the kitchen door.
Drivers enter the site through a gate on the west side, drive to the back of the site, turn left into the car lift, ride to the appropriate floor and back out of the lift into the garage. When leaving, the car moves forward into the car lift. When at grade, it moves straight ahead to an exit on the north side of the property.
The garage levels serve as a separate but attached structure. The buildings department, which approved the drawings, was more concerned with fire ratings than anything else, says the developer. Typically, a fire separation with a rating of one to two hours is required between a residential occupancy and an adjacent private garage, says the architect.
Construction of the building, which has no basement because of the high water table, is pretty typical, except for the ventilated garages. But there is little that is typical on the development side. The plans had to go through the city’s land-use process because, as of right, the building could have only three parking spaces, based on 20% of the number of units.
The building costs about 15% to 20% more than if the garage rooms were conventional residential space. “Everything about the development was a cost premium,” says Lolli-Ghetti.
There were more consultants involved. There was more rebar needed in the crash walls, even though the structural engineer said no car would ever be able to pick up the velocity to go through the wall, Lolli-Ghetti adds. The garage-room mechanical systems had to be incorporated into the building maintenance system. And there is a sky-garage security system.
The building, scheduled to open this fall, is 75% to 80% sold. One remaining duplex, at 2,364 sq ft, has a $6.4-million price tag, with the garage included.
The developer, having been through the learning curve on this project, says he would do sky garages again, with the right site in the right city.
New York City Apartment Building Lets You Park Inside It
Aug. 20, 2009
What do you do when you face a horrendous real estate bust? You innovate!
That must be the thinking of Selldorf Architects, who built this New York City apartment tower with indoor garages. Occupants can turn off the road, ride into a garage and be whisked up an elevator to their home. It's just like the suburbs! Except, not at all.
To put garages in apartment buildings, the developers had to jump through regulatory hoops. The garages need to be ventilated, and reinforced with rebar, and approved by city agencies. It cost about 15-20% more than average to build.
The developers tell Architectural Record that the building is 75-80% sold, but there's still a garage apartment available. It's a 2,364 sq ft duplex going for a cool $6.4 million price tag. Act now before someone else scoops it up.
The stainless steel panels they have installed so far look fantastic.