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Chelsea Arts Tower Likes It Kinda Brutal

Time was, you had to invest in a good black turtleneck. But times change. Now the hot new artistic accessory is a floor or two of this "Black Monolith"?aka the Chelsea Arts Tower of commercial condos, on the High Line block of West 25th Street?which Chad Smith of Tropolism has been admiring of late:

A gorgeous black metal plastic composite panel system, with what appears to be a variation of gloss finishes, creating a subtle texture to the side of the building. While we were holding out for a brutalist all-concrete finish, we're happy to see something just as severe ...More delicious severity and recent coverage after the jump.

· Chelsea Arts Tower Gets Black Metal Skin [Tropolism]
· Condos, Not Garrets, in West Chelsea [NYT]
· Chelsea Arts Tower topping off party [Flickr/hoggardb]
· Random Construction Roundup: Higher Standards [Curbed]