100 11th ave.
this afternoon cubeme, another personal favorite blog of mine, had an excellent review of the latest jean nouvel project. until today i had yet to see pictures of the project, but after seeing them the building surely lives up to the hype. at a modest 23 stories, 100 11th ave. will house 72 dwelling units ranging in typology from one-bedroom, 860 square foot units, to four-bedroom, 4,675 square foot units, and costing between $1.6 million and $22 million respectively.
cubeme has more interior photos, but suffice it to say that they all follow the sleek, clean, minimalism see in this image (above). apparently mr. nouvel got his inspiration for the interiors from the neighboring west chelsea art galleries and their über minimalism. regardless, i am very fond of these spaces; they certainly seem wonderfully detailed and brilliantly crafted.
the building’s skin however, is the most striking component of the structure in my eyes. composed of some 1,700 differently sized pieces of glazing and arranged in an ever-changing and customized curtain-wall system, the skin virtually takes a life of its own. similar to many of mr. nouvel’s former projects the diaphanous qualities presented in the ever-changing curtain-wall will most assuredly lead to a wonderfully beautiful display of reflected and diffused light throughout the day and into the night. personally, this patchwork of glazing, and consequently luminous, artistry makes this project such a excellent example of jean nouvel’s work. so much of mr. nouvel’s work is ephemeral and it is exactly that quality that makes his projects so successful and so lively.