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Chelsea Modern, New York, United States

Friday 12 Sep 2008

Vibrant façade for West Chelsea

© Audrey Matlock Architects 
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Contemporary elegant living redefined 

Chelsea Modern, designed throughout by Audrey Matlock Architects, is a 85,000 sq ft 47-unit apartment building sitting within the Chelsea contemporary art district, on 447- 453 West 18th street near the High Line and with views to the Hudson River.

Because of its mid-block location, the building’s identity is a single 12 storey façade divided horizontally into sections of blue tinted and clear glass that shift in and out across its surface.

These many facets reflect fractured images of surrounding buildings on surfaces that change colour with the shifting daylight. Operable windows in a contrasting colour are randomly placed within these ribbons further enhancing the dynamic character. A glass sidewalk and recessed translucent glass base give the impression that these ribbons are floating above the surface.

Catering to individual lifestyles, the typical apartment units are designed to be very flexible and open. They incorporate sliding walls, large open kitchens and floor-to-ceiling glass. The ground floor duplex units are designed for individuals with art collections and feature a private entrance at street level and gardens. These apartments connect to large high-ceiling sky-lit spaces below. Each unit has a private street entry and private rear garden. Upper units each have terraces facing the private rear garden.

Laura Salmi

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