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Thread: 40 Mercer - Located at Broadway in SOHO - Condo - by Jean Nouvel

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    ^^ One odd thing about the unit with the pool: It is on the 6th & 7th Floor (the first floors of the tower portion of the building) at the SW corner (intersection of Mercer & Grand); the pool / terrace is on the roof of the 5th Floor.

    Directly across Grand (a fairly narrow street) is a 7 story building -- the top two floors of that building rise above the level of the pool / terrace, so privacy might be an issue there.

    But I guess if you're paying 5+ Million $$ for the joint you can cough up the cash for some super big trees to plant on your terrace.

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    The clips for attaching the facade are going up on the floor plates. Hopefully we'll see some glass soon.

    It looks like a "model' unit is being built on the west side at the second floor: metal studs are up all around that part of the building (and no where else).

    Ventilation duct work and plumbing risers are up in about half of the building.

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    Default Glass!!

    Panels of the glass / metal facade have gone up on the 1st floor on Grand Street at the SW corner of the site.

    Clips / cleats for installing additional panels are now up on the floor plates as far as the 4th Floor.

    The panels look great: Gun-metal gray colored metal between the large expanses of glass at street level to the ceiling; this glass seems to have a grayish tint. The small upper glass sections at the top of these initial panels (and which cover the floor-plate area) is contrasting: at the corner the smaller glass panel is a deep opaque red; the smaller panels moving east along Grand Street are a textured opaque glass.

    The installation so far looks fantastic, a great combination of classic SoHo metal / glass with a completely modern twist.

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    More progress: Today workers have installed large "F" shaped metal pieces all along the top perimeter of the 5 floor (where the building sets back to the tower portion). Seemingly these are the supports for facade pieces that will ring the bottom section of the building.

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    More street level glass / metal panels were installed today on the Mercer Street facade.

    Walking through Tribeca (near Debrosses / West Street) you get a clear shot of the upper floors of this building. The views on those high floors should be incredible.

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    We should all chip in to get you a camera

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    I thought today -- "damn, why don't I get a camera?"

    But never liked the darned things...

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    At first it looked very mundane but as I looked closer I saw all the awesome detailing... great building for Soho.

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    The proportions and articulation on the panels that are being installed are truly great. This will not be another deadly dull flat facade.

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    Totally agree, I like what I see so far.

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    Almost the entire Mercer St. base facade has been installed, as well as ~ 1/3 of the Grand St. facade -- both rise up to the 5th Floor.

    The red glass sections play beautifully off of the brick buildings located across the street (brick at both locations: nw corner and se corner). As do the opaque glass sections (which echo the lighter-colored stone details -- window sills, etc. -- on those two nearby buildings).

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    The first floor facade along Broadway is now up -- blue glass in the upper panels at the corner of Broadway / Grand (in contrast to the red glass on the opposite end of the building).

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    A picture would be nice. Anyone?

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    Here is a recent picture via Curbed ( http://www.curbed.com/ ), although this doesn't do justice to how good the glass really looks ...


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    Another shot of 40 Mercer facade installation (2nd row, far right -- Broadway facade) via NY SUN ( http://www.nysun.com/edition/2005-12-30_large.jpg ).

    The building has two distinct facade styles, one for the larger section of the building at the west end (facing Broadway) and another for the east end (facing Mercer St).

    So far the east end treatment appears much more refined, successfully (and quite beatifully) reinterpreting SoHo loft facades, while the west end treatment attempts (somewhat more awkwardly) to reflect in part the double-hung windows found in loft buildings along Broadway.


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