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    551 West 21st Street - Residential/Commercial

    http://551w21.com

    This one is now above ground and rising fast: the website (and building itself) are both ‘high design’ eye candy. Enjoy……..

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    How to live like a Bond supervillian 101. I LOVE GOLD.

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    Last edited by infoshare; March 4th, 2014 at 06:44 PM.

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    They have been pumping concrete here lately. I have noticed something different with the concrete form work: they use metal pole jacks, and metal beams, to support the wood boards that hold the concrete. The precast concrete work here seems to be 'state of the art' : or, I just haven't noticed this type of precast concrete method. Mostly is see only wood 2X4 supports, with metal 'tire jack' thinks to raise them up to level the plywood platforms for the concrete a rebar.

    This is a good site for curbside observation because one can stand across the road for a wide view of the construction activities.


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    Good bones: and nearing completion of the super structure. Looking forward to seeing how the curtain wall (skin) turns out; all indicators so far tell me this will be a ‘quality’ facade. I get a real kick out of this 'sales pitch' promo blurb written on the projects' website. "
    AS SHARP AND CRISP AND AS SUBTLE, LUMINOUS AND DRAMATIC AS A PERFECTLY CUT GEMSTONE. PERFECTLY CONCEIVED AND CRAFTED. NOT FOR FLASH OR SPARKLE, FOR GENUINE RADIANCE, DEPTH AND DISTINCTION. "

    In my best LUIS voice from the 'million dollar listing' show - I looove it.....

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    Big reveal here: facade panels are now being attached to the reinforced concrete superstructure - milestone. When it comes to my general dissatisfaction with all those raw concrete facades we see around town, this is what I am talking about - cover that raw concrete with a ‘quality’ surface treatment. In this case they have put some type of prefabricated stone finish: what ever it is, it is thick, solid, and with a very nice looking color and surface texture. This is a first rate facade treatment - great to see.


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    Another post on this project as the new prefabricated stone panels are being mounted onto the buildings' facade. Full disclosure; I am not getting paid to publicly promote the in Condo, buy Triton Construction, the Developer or affiliated sales brokerage firms or any other financially interested party. I just like what I see with the quality of the design & construction of the new building. That being said; I may be a good idea to put a call in to the above mentioned parties and ask why it may be worth to give this project a little publicity ‘BUZZ” - I might just get that ‘commission’ after all…..HeHe

    On a more serious note: this building is looking fantastic. Down with raw unfinished reinforced concrete facades; up with lovely looking buildings like 551W.





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    Setting the stone, setting it straight: making this facade look great…..



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    The prefabricated stone panels are being attached to the reinforced concrete super structure now: then the window panels will be set into the prefabricated stonework. The same type of stone panels will be mounted all-the-way to the top of the building covering the entire facade of the building. This picture shows how the raw concrete ‘could be’ used as the ‘finished’ facade and the window panels can now simply be set into the openings in the concrete superstructure: as we see being done at 432 Park and many other buildings around town.

    There is obviously a significant amount of time, materials, and trade labor expenses being saved by taking that sort of ‘cost cutting’ approach: and cleverly passing it off as “urban industrial chic” - fortunately for us all, they did not go ‘cheap’ with this buildings’ facade. There is ground glass, or something shimmering, mixed into this stone that gleams and sparkles when the sun hits it at just the right angle, and the stone is not flat, but has a sandblast textured finish: these subtle visual qualities even the best camera lenses can not bring forth to the fullest fidelity of the naked eye - this building must be seen first hand.


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    ...this building must be seen first hand.
    Agreed, no matter how nice(and your pics are very^), I have yet to see a photo that
    comes close to how nice this is looking in person.
    I walked by and was actually shocked (in a good way)!
    I don't know how much i'll like the gold, but the faux stone is workin' it.

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    The sky was really cooperating on the photos below by Tectonic: lovely backdrop of deep blue sky with partial cloud cover. And yes, this building is looking terrific too....

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    I did not even notice that this building is a Foster & Partners joint: that explains a lot, in regard to the far better than average design/detailing/materials/construction quality we are seeing here on this project.

    Look at those ‘hefty’ window panels going in this week: this project is prime.

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    10.25.14



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