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Chelsea Modern speaks to the West Chelsea districts physical and cultural transition, a former industrial area now containing a mix of galleries, museums, and commercial and residential buildings.

Chelsea Modern, New York

Chelsea Modern, New York

  • Chelsea Modern speaks to the West Chelsea districts physical and cultural transition, a former industrial area now containing a mix of galleries, museums, and commercial and residential buildings.

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    Chelsea Modern speaks to the West Chelsea districts physical and cultural transition, a former industrial area now containing a mix of galleries, museums, and commercial and residential buildings.

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    Audrey Matlock

    Chelsea Modern speaks to the West Chelsea district’s physical and cultural transition, a former industrial area now containing a mix of galleries, museums, and commercial and residential buildings.

  • The infill buildings blue color and fluid, reflective face suggests the movement from urban environment to the nearby river and High Line parks.

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    The infill buildings blue color and fluid, reflective face suggests the movement from urban environment to the nearby river and High Line parks.

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    Audrey Matlock

    The infill building’s blue color and fluid, reflective face suggests the movement from urban environment to the nearby river and High Line parks.

  • The rippling facade is meant to be experienced as you walk by it.

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    The rippling facade is meant to be experienced as you walk by it.

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    Audrey Matlock

    The rippling facade is meant to be experienced as you walk by it.

  • Windows project straight out from the building face to optimize natural ventilation.

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    Windows project straight out from the building face to optimize natural ventilation.

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    Audrey Matlock

    Windows project straight out from the building face to optimize natural ventilation.

  • Matlocks pedestrian-friendly solution to the residential-only requirement was to create street-level duplexes that incorporate studio and exhibition space, establishing a synergy with the surrounding artistic environment.

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    Matlocks pedestrian-friendly solution to the residential-only requirement was to create street-level duplexes that incorporate studio and exhibition space, establishing a synergy with the surrounding artistic environment.

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    Audrey Matlock

    Matlock’s pedestrian-friendly solution to the residential-only requirement was to create street-level duplexes that incorporate studio and exhibition space, establishing a synergy with the surrounding artistic environment.

  • Street-level units are sheathed with translucent glass channels, and a glass sidewalk transmits natural light into the lower-level studio spaces while engaging passersby.

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    Street-level units are sheathed with translucent glass channels, and a glass sidewalk transmits natural light into the lower-level studio spaces while engaging passersby.

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    Audrey Matlock

    Street-level units are sheathed with translucent glass channels, and a glass sidewalk transmits natural light into the lower-level studio spaces while engaging passersby.

  • Interiors are light and airy.

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    Interiors are light and airy.

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    Audrey Matlock

    Interiors are light and airy.

  • Open-tread stairs funnel light between floors.

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    Open-tread stairs funnel light between floors.

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    Audrey Matlock

    Open-tread stairs funnel light between floors.

  • Ground-floor units.

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    Ground-floor units.

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    Ground-floor units.

  • Floors 9 through 12.

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    Floors 9 through 12.

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    Floors 9 through 12.

chelsea modern, new york
audrey matlock architect
new york

This rippling condo building succeeds on many levels. Sandwiched between other buildings mid-block, its lyrical glass façade stitches together an eclectic neighborhood. The blue color references the sky and the nearby river and High Line parks. “We didn’t want to make a static building, but one about movement from city to water,” says Audrey Matlock, FAIA.

Operable windows arranged within irregular clear glass bands maximize air flow, and street-level, translucent glass-walled units engage passersby. Our judges declared it a smart urban move. “It has a human scale, even though it’s a large building,” one noted.

 

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project credits

principal in charge/interior designer: Audrey Matlock, FAIA; general contractor: DCBE, New York; developer: Madison Equities, New York; structural engineer: Goldstein Associates, New York; mep engineer: Lilker Associates Consulting, New York; unit size: 900 square feet to 1,850 square feet; site size: 0.25 acre; construction cost: $450 per square foot; sales price: $810,000 to $2.59 million; units in project: 47; photography: Audrey Matlock Architect.


product details

bathroom fittings: Kohler, www.kohler.com; bathroom fixtures: Duravit, www.duravit.com, Lavaca, www.lavaca.com; cooktop: Miele, www.miele.com; flooring: Coverings Etc., www.coveringsetc.com, VAL Floors, www.valfloors.com; hardware: Rixson, www.rixson.com, Sargent, www.sargentlock.com; hvac equipment: McQuay, www.mcquay.com; kitchen fittings: KWC, www.kwcamerica.com; kitchen fixtures: Blanco, www.blancoamerica.com; lighting fixtures: Louis Poulsen, www.louispoulsen.com, Wever & Ducré, www.wever-ducre.com, Targetti, www.targettiusa.com; oven: Viking, www.vikingrange.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero, www.subzero-wolf.com; windows: Intercom SRL, www.intercomsrl.net