It is one of those sites that requires architecture because of its exceptional potential.
The corner of 11th Avenue and 19th Street is a clear example of this.
Could you ever find a more open view?
Could there ever be a location with more reflections in the Hudson River?
Could you ever have a more prestigious, white and luminous neighbour at the street corner than Frank Gehry?
Could you ever have a more immense and comprehensive fitness club than the Chelsea Pears on the other side of the avenue?
Could you ever have more fashionable galleries and restaurants less than five minutes' walk away?
Could you ever see more extravagant sunsets?
A site like this one encourages optimism. To exalt in the light. To make our mark in this rich and diverse neighbourhood by building our own restaurant, gallery and swimming pool.
The architecture diffracts, captures and watches.
On a curving angle, like that of the eye of an insect, differently-positioned facets catch all of the reflections and throw out sparkles. The apartments are within the "eye", splitting up and reconstructing this complex landscape: one framing the horizon, another framing the white curve in the sky and another framing the boats on the Hudson River and, on the other side, framing the mid-town skyline. The transparencies are in keeping with the reflections, and the textures of the New York brickwork contrast with the geometric composition of the large rectangles of clear glass.
The architecture is an expression of the pleasure of being at this strategic point in Manhattan.
LOCATION 100 11th Avenue, New York, USA
STUDIES July 2005
BUILDING WORK February 2006 / June 2010
CLIENT Alf Naman Real Estate
Cape Advisors, Inc.
TYPE OF COMMISSION Total Design (Building+ Interiors)
PROGRAM 56 apartments + restaurant
NET FLOOR AREA 13.400 m2
DELIVERY ARCHITECT Beyer Blinder Belle Architects
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN GROUP AND PARTNER IN CHARGE Gaston Tolila
PROJECT LEADER François Leininger
Sylvie Erard, Yves Rouby, Athina Faraut, Nabila Zerrouki, Toshihiro Kubota, Jean-Romain Munvez, Rafael Luna, Line Fontana, David Thulstrup, Clémentine Cochard, Nathalie Sasso, Hakan Aldogan, Alexandre Zysman, Paul-Emmanuel Loiret, Sophie Laromiguière
GRAPHICS Natalie Saccu de Franchi, Rafaëlle Ishkinazi
INTERIOR DESIGN Sabrina Letourneur, Eric Nespoulous, Frederic Imbert
LANDSCAPE Ema Blanc, Irène Djao Rakitine, Rémy Turquin
COMPUTER IMAGERY AJN (Georges Batzios, Mizuho Kishi, Jean-François Winninger), Artefactory
LIGHTING DESIGN Odile Soudant, Mathieu Gabry (Conceptual Design/Design Development phase)
MODELS Jean-Marc Kurzewski, Étienne Follenfant
FACADES Front Inc.
STRUCTURE Desimone Consulting Engineers, PLLC
ZONING Jam Consultants Inc
LIGHTING DESIGN Bonny Whitehouse