459 West 18th Street / Della Valle + Bernheimer

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Architects: Della Valle + Bernheimer Design
Location: New York, NY,
Partner in Charge: Jared Della Valle
Project Manager: Burck Schellenberg
Project Designer: Andrew Bernheimer, Garrick Jones
Project Team: Andrew Willard, Cathy Braasch, Brian Butterfield, Adam Ruedig
Client/Developer: Alloy Development
Contractor: TG Nickel
Project Area: 29,700 sq ft
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Della Valle + Bernheimer, Frank Oudeman, BLiP Studio, Evan Joseph

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Della Valle Bernheimer acted as both architect and developer of this residential project located between two vibrant and evolving neighborhoods—the Meatpacking District and Chelsea—on the west side of Manhattan. On the edge of what once was the shoreline of Manhattan, the bold design for this mixed-use condominium project appears resolutely within its context. Severe in mass and profile, the confident exterior of the tower belies its carefully-muted interiors.

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© Evan Joseph

The building envelope is comprised of composite panels and white and clear glass. Fenestration punctures through the building mass are expressed as extruded collars. In an effort to blur the delineation between interior and exterior, and to eliminate the distraction of mullions typically associated with curtain wall systems, massive expanses of glass add a cinematic quality, framing views like art-in-progress. Meticulously-designed details and thoughtfully-selected materials achieve an understated, serene interior that is in marked contrast to the rigorously prominent building exterior and the neighborhood.

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Cite: "459 West 18th Street / Della Valle + Bernheimer" 11 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=72537>
  • http://amsterdam-trip.com amsterdammer

    It’s good to see a development designed and developed by the same company. In this case it seems to have worked just fine.

  • http://www.patrickhoesterey.com PatrickLBC

    Architect as developer……. What could be better? Love it.

  • jk

    looks like they wore their developer hat more than their architect’s hat. Max-out the buildable envelope, use cheap and cheerful materials. Hard to tell what’s happening at street level. I dunno. I guess, well done if you made good money. As architecture it’s pretty meh.

  • rodger

    an eyesore of a building that i have to be visually abused by every time i walk the highline.
    that said, i do love the interior shot looking out from the dining area.

  • Lil Jimmy

    Ooffta….not….good….

  • Peter

    Another juvenile one liner apartment block for New York. It’s because of this ersatz nonsense that people want to buy apartments in Donald Trump developments.