Avant Chelsea / 1100 Architect

Architect: 1100 Architect
Location: ,
Principal: Juergen Riehm, David Piscuskas
Project Architect: Christine Harper
Project Managers: Bo Lee, Sebastian Kaempf
Designer: Jessica Spiegel
MEP Engineer: ESC Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
General Contractor: Hunter Roberts Construction Group
Exterior Consultant: Israel Berger
Project Year: 2008
Constructed Area: 2,973 sqm
Photographs: Sebastian Kaempf, Lisa Bubbers

The city elicits in our culture a stark duality – a desire to be immersed in its spectacle and a simultaneous craving for respite from its ceaseless activity. Avant Chelsea will provide for its residents both experiences. A modern, culturally sophisticated urbanite requires access to constantly shifting stimulation as well as a private space that can be adapted to their personal needs and sensibility.

This new condominium in West Chelsea will contain twelve floors of flexible apartments, upper-floor terraces, recreation areas, and a courtyard. The street façade is a window wall, skillfully proportioned to achieve a balance between the scale of the user and the building at large. The design is efficient with a refined elegance.

Cite: "Avant Chelsea / 1100 Architect" 10 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=14674>


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    Who wants to have a veiw of the side of a building… Good dissolve concept though.

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    A primitive one to one photoshop filter-cum-facade design. Reminds me of the 70′s ugly mosaic work. Unfortunate.

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    1960′s revisited – in the worst possible way. looks kinda cheap. who would want architecture like that in their city?

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    There are no photos from across the street or from the west because those views of the building reveal that it is really uninpired architecture. 1100 Architect does nice work, this just isn’t their best effort.

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    is just another son of the standarized residential architecture of New York. I don´t see any contribution of this architecture… and the mosaic… just a fart that made this possible to be published

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    Ok folks,
    Architecture is not meant to pursuit the new, architecture is meant to give good solution for a given problem.
    Having said that, i think that the build is ok … nothing extraordinary, but the plans are still ok.

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    I am curious on how the interior spaces read…I can kind of get that through the plans, but the exterior details leave me to believe that it is more of a one-liner building with little to back it up once you get past the explosion design on the side of the building.

    Though I will say, it is an example of how one can deal with a blank facade that has to happen on a building like this.

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    I’d just love to know why we only get to see the same angle with the off-putting ‘digital mosaic’ for the exterior shots… would have loved to have seen the seemingly interesting space where that gap is… floor plans are decent enough/ think I conconcted something similar during 1st year studio for fun ;)

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    I have no idea why this kind of project can get publish in this website. it is totally uninspiring.

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    What I wonder if they own the building next door next door.

    If not, in the future, whenever they decide to make a higher buidling there, you’re not only going to lose that lateral facade work, but also the openings at the last floor. I don’t know how they let them put windows on that side.

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    I don’t care how good the plans are. Campy contrapuntal wall panel patterns always ruin a project. It’s an eyesore of trend of the latter half of the 2000s that we’ll have to live with. We’ll see it and always reminisce about the dark times: Hey that’s the style of architecture when the profession boomed due to the greed and corruption of Wall St.

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    esto no propone nada de nada, lindos colores en la medianera y nada mas… porque no hay fotos del otro lado?arquteictura de imagen…

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    ughhh I hate it, that side with the mozaic thing (is it a pixelated image of a galaxy?) really destroys the whole thing. The windows on that side also………. whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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