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Curbed Inside: FLAnk's New West Chelsea Digs

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Curbed Inside visits the interior of a structure with an eye towards revealing the design and architecture. Got a place for us to check out? Drop a line. This includes you, architecture firms!

[Photos: Will Femia]

Last Thursday, the architecture/development firm FLAnk?the visionaries behind such recent mindtrips as 385 West 12th Street and 441 East 57th Street, among others?moved into a brand new office building in West Chelsea, where the neighbors range from auto parts dealers to nightclubs. The day before the madness of moving, FLAnk invited us inside to take a look. The commercial condo building, at 520 West 27th Street, is co-developed by FLAnk and Peter Moore Associates.

FLAnk, founded in 2002 by Jon Kully and Mick Walsdorf, is a full-service operation (from design to construction management to marketing and sales to after-service), so the company needs its space. It certainly has it now. The 11th Floor houses the architects, while the 10th is for the development staff. Floor 3 contains a permanent sales office that FLAnk will use to market all of its properties. The sun-soaked offices have views of the High Line?and just about everything else?and there's plenty of outdoor space for employee sunbathing and bocce (coming soon!). FLAnkers also get free memberships to nearby Chelsea Piers, which explains the in-office lockers and showers. At least, we think that's what they're using them for. For all we know, FLAnk could be planning a locker-shaped boutique condo building somewhere. One upcoming FLAnk project we're sure of: the conversion of the Village Nursing Home at 607 Hudson Street.
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385 West 12th Street

385 West 12th Street, New York, NY