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    The brick base is being painted dark gray. Wonder what will finally get built at the vacant lot and the building to the right. Major dead zone right now.


    An insulating panel has been installed over the floorplate ends. You can also see mounting hardware at the corner. The finished floor dividers will stand out from the windows.

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    Whew -- seeing that cover panel is a relief. I noticed the corner hardware the other day; wondering if it's stand-alone detail or if there is another layer of scrim of something that will go up at the exterior.

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    14th Street's High Line Building Now All Glassed Up

    January 20, 2011, by Joey Arak




    The base (an old meatpacking plant) is still under wraps.

    Note the slight indentation in the facade.

    Only two building are allowed to hover directly over the High Line, and one of them sure is taking its sweet time. The High Line Building at 450 West 14th Street has been under construction just north of the Standard Hotel (the other High Line straddler) for so long that our Curbed Inside peek was back in 2009. But now the office building, designed by Morris Adjmi, is glassy as heck. How's she looking? Maybe not quite as clean and transparent as we expected, but the first batch of renderings really played up the glass at the expense of the steel. As for future occupants, we haven't heard anything new since Helmut Lang signed on for two floors. Any fresh intel?

    High Line Building [450w14.com]
    450 West 14 Street [Morris Adjmi Architects]
    High Line Building coverage [Curbed]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/0...glassed_up.php

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    This building was much more interesting when each floor in the indentation was separately expressed.

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    And also when the top was not so uniform...

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    The images below don't show the same side of the building. The "Rendering" shows the north face (rising above 14th Street). The "Reality" shows the south facade.

    The second shot below is also of the north facade, where up top there is a portico of sorts ...

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    Note the slight indentation in the facade.

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    I generally like Adjmi, because he knows how to make something economical look good; but in this case I'm not sure the indentation is worth the expense.

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    'Great Theater' on the High Line

    By DANA RUBINSTEIN

    When a designer from Morris Adjmi Architects descended into the basement of 450 W. 14th St., now a 10-story glass box built atop a masonry base pierced through by the High Line, he found a grisly reminder of the building's original purpose: approximately five-dozen 50-gallon drums filled with the remnants of animal carcasses.


    The top floor's balcony area facing east.

    The building's drab, five-story art-deco masonry base, completed in 1932, two years before the railroad now known as the High Line, once served as a frozen-storage facility for the meatpacking industry. Trains would pull into the building and stop, allowing workers to haul frozen carcasses, hanging from hooks, onto train cars, before rumbling on to their next destination.

    Seven years ago, when Morris Adjmi architects was hired to design a tower for the site, the five-story masonry base was largely derelict. But the architects, enamored of its history, chose to keep it and build a 10-story glass addition on top.

    Structurally, that was something of a challenge. According to Mr. Adjmi, the building is the only one along the High Line to share key structural elements with the train track. In other words, the columns and the trusses that support the building are the same columns and trusses that support the track that passes through what would be its second story.

    After using ultrasound technology to determine the strength of the foundation, the architects decided to build a light-weight glass-and-steel tower on top of the masonry base.

    The inspiration for the design was Rachel Whiteread's "Monument," in Trafalgar Square. The sculpture featured an upside-down, clear-resin facsimile of a stone plinth placed on top of the actual fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square.

    Like "Monument," Mr. Adjmi built a translucent top, in this case a 10-story, glass-and-steel office tower, which echoes the opaque, rectangular, masonry base below.

    The result is a staid, elegant building, one whose restraint is underscored by the raucous architecture surrounding it. Directly to the south, the tome-shaped Standard Hotel hovers on concrete stilts above the High Line. To the east there's the headquarters of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, a red-brick building sprouting a flagrantly modern, prismatic glass atrium. (Ms. von Furstenberg is also an investor in 450 West 14th Street, which is being developed by Charles Blaichman, of CB Developers.)

    The tower's design eschews excess flourishes. The existing masonry base boasts a restored art deco parapet. The north and south facades of the glass skyscraper, meanwhile, bear four-story indentations, as though a giant pair of fingers had gently pressed in the glass. The angle of the indentations mimics the angle at which the High Line passes through the building below.

    On Friday morning, the office tower offered dazzling views of Manhattan and masses of ice swirling along the Hudson River. It also offers views of another sort.

    To the south, construction workers routinely witness the now-notorious couplings of the curtain-challenged guests at the Standard. To the north, fashion models can frequently be spotted traipsing into Milk Studios.

    In the words of Jordan Rogove, a Morris Adjmi architect, the building offers "great theater."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...949330602.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    Wonder what will finally get built at the vacant lot and the building to the right. Major dead zone right now.

    http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/Jo...ssdocnumber=01

    Permits filed yesterday for a 12 story commercial building of about equal height (199 feet) designed by Studio/Gang Architects.
    They designed Aqua in CHicago



    So just in this small area we'll watch rise Adjmi’s twisting addition at 837 Washington Street, The Whitney Museum @ 820 Washington Street and GKV’s glassy 860 Washington Street.
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    40 Tenth is an "L" shaped lot going right up to (and under) the High Line and wrapping around the new addition on the High Line Building.

    Seems they'll build taller on the corner of Tenth & W 13th.

    The only existing original High Line siding, with the original rails for meat hooks, is found in this building, and can be seen when walking north past The Standard.

    Block 646 Lot 1:

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    Jeanne Gang was named a 2011 MacArthur fellow yesterday. There was a short video to accompany the announcement and a quick shot of what looks like a model for 40 Tenth.


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    That model looks like it will be built up right next to the full height of the west-facing glass wall at 450 W 14th, and extend to W 13th for the full 12-story height. Also shows a cut away at the NW corner ...

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    The Work Permit Application shows the lot size as 23,541 sf, with FAR = 6.68

    They propose to build 157,280 total sf, which maxes out the FAR. At 12 floors that means ~ 13,104 sf / floor (if all are equal sized).

    That leaves a portion of the development plot ~ 10,000 sf that will not be built upon (or not built high). That area apparently corresponds to the part of the lot that abuts the High Line (and continues underneath to midpoint of the HL) which, per the plot diagram, measures ~ 78' x 103' (8,034 sf).

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    Schedule A shows that they plan for a restaurant on the 1st Floor, and retail covering basement, 1st & 2nd Floors.

    This view of 450 W 14th will certainly be changed (from both outside & inside 450 W 14th), and it seems Adjmi's tower will become non-visible from these angles ...




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    Love how this came out:


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