The curtain wall of 100 11th captures daylight differently over the course of the day and the year. A surface that seems to brighten and go dark as if by computer program is, in fact,made dynamic by the movement of the Earth. These daily and seasonal changes will heighten your senses and foster a connection to nature.

View of 100 11th Avenue in context along Manhattan’s far West Side. In 1987, maverick French architect Jean Nouvel burst onto the international scene with a new headquarters for the Arab World Institute in Paris, one of President François Mitterrand’s Grands Projets. With mechanized oculi and veils of glass and steel, the building was hailed as an unconventional masterpiece that encouraged people to not only accept modern architecture in a historic setting, but to be thrilled by it. Over ensuing years Nouvel has woven art, history, cultural references and new building technologies into provocative architectural contrasts between inside and outside, intimacy and the urban network, and has become renowned as one of the most original designers of his generation. In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Arab World Institute, construction has begun in New York City on Nouvel’s latest glass and steel landmark, a direct material and conceptual descendant of his Paris tour de force: 100 11th will be a 23-story tower described by its architect as “a vision machine” at the intersection of 19th Street and the West Side Highway, along the Hudson River in Manhattan.

Nouvel describes 100 11th as “a vision machine,” with every angle and structural detail designed to create visual excitement. Approximately 1,650 different windowpanes comprise the most highly engineered and complex curtain wall ever constructed in New York City.

The building’s gently curving curtain wall of different sized panes of colorless glass – each set in a unique angle and torque – will sheath one of the most meticulously customized, high performance residential addresses in the nation. This dazzling window pattern will frame splendid views from within the tower while producing an exterior texture that serves as a poetic analog for the vibrancy, density and changeability of New York City.

Every apartment will feature floor-to-ceiling window walls including operable windows oriented to the south and west. Along these window walls, floors will be finished with an extra layer of nearly imperceptible transparent gloss, to boost incoming sunlight into rooms.Jean Nouvel’s ‘total design’ approach is exemplified by his use of highly engineered bath fixtures conceived by the architect for Jado. The sleek touch-sensitive fixtures include computerized water flow and temperature sensors, and are complemented by glass, mirror, and Corian surfaces, minimalist Kohler tubs and water closets, and ingenious storage solutions.Kitchens flow spatially into open living room areas, and thus feature custom fixtures conceived by Jean Nouvel to achieve the highest level of discretion and design excellence to complement art and furniture. These generously proportioned environments are composed of materials such as stainless steel, etched and clear glass, terrazzo, and custom lighting.Every apartment within 100 11th will boast a unique pattern of powder-coated steel window mullions – its unique “fingerprint.” These mullions function as frames for specific views. Open, curved or rectilinear spaces have been allocated to allow for a broad variety of furniture configurations that take full advantage of the light and views.The lobby is a dramatic transitional zone between the public life of the street outside and the privacy of individual homes in the tower above. Soft controlled lighting and dark monochromatic walls will create a theatrical but peaceful atmosphere that contrasts with the reflection and animation of the building’s exterior. Enormous punched windows provide views of the building’s tree-filled garden.By raising the restaurant and other public functions of the ground floor to 4′ above grade and sculpting a concrete base, Nouvel has created a perfect balance between pedestrian activity and the lively atmosphere of interiors. Views from the sidewalk of the restaurant animate the street and further catalyze the neighborhood’s ongoing transformation.The building’s pool is designed so that residents may swim comfortably indoors or outdoors, depending upon the weather. A portion of the pool is sheltered within the building’s structure, while the balance of its length extends into a landscaped outdoor space. A glass partition has been customized to enclose the indoor portion of the pool during winter months or inclement weather, so that the indoor portion remains fully operative and warm at all times.Nouvel brings design themes and conceits used throughout the building – amplified direct and reflected light, carefully framed views of the outside world, layering of complex but subtle monochrome materials, sightlines rendered in as many directions as possible within adjacent spaces – into his concept proposal for a street-level restaurant at 100 11th. A plan illustrates how the restaurant may figure into the front of the building at street level, becoming the literal and figurative connection between public (sidewalk) and private (garden) life.View up and into Loggia level. Within a framework of glass, steel, and concrete, a six-story vertical garden blooms. From planting boxes built into the structure, trees soar upward and plants cascade down the walls, lending their scent to the atmosphere.

Project Team Directory:

West Chelsea Development Partners, LLC

Cape Advisors, Inc. (an affiliate of Managing Partner), New York, NY

Gotham Greenwich Construction Company, LLC, New York, NY

Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris, France

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP, New York, NY

M. Paul Friedberg and Partners, New York, NY

DeSimone Consulting Engineers, PLLC, New York, NY

Pandiscio Co., New York, NY

Andrea Schwan, New York, NY

Prudential Douglas Elliman, New York, NY


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