The fact that we've ignored 200 Eleventh Avenue for so long just goes to show how crazy the West Chelsea Starchitecture Zone is getting these days. The darn thing has a sky garage! We'll blame it on the broken mirror, but we can ignore architect Annabelle Selldorf's creation no longer. The concrete shell of the tower has been standing for months, and now?finally?some of that promised glitz is going on. The windows of the upper 16 floors are being framed by big slabs of molded stainless steel, all custom formed by the same gang that worked wonders on the new Academic Building for Cooper Union on the Bowery.
Even with scaffolding hiding the shiny new steel columns from full view, the effect in the setting sun is even better than what was shown in renderings. They glisten, they gleam, they'll blind unsuspecting Jerseyites?and in the end, isn't that what it's all about? The three floors of the building's base will be clad with contrasting gun-metal terracotta, and some of those big tiles are starting to show down low. Given the pace of construction the date when Domenico Dolce will actually be able to float a vehicle up to his $17.5 M duplex penthouse is anyone's guess.
· 200 Eleventh Avenue coverage [Curbed]
· 200 Eleventh [Official Site]