551 West 21st Street, West Chelsea's new storm-ready condo development, sports a design from starchitect Norman Foster. However, according to a tipster who sent us that rendering on the right and documents filed with the Department of Buildings, the architects carrying out his vision will be Beyer Blinder Belle. An e-architect article from November clarifies that Foster is the design architect for the project while Beyer Blinder Belle is the executive architect. The new rendering, which shows the whole building, doesn't seem like much (if any) of a departure from the original one, which showed a couple sets of windows, although it's difficult to really tell.
The building itself, according to DOB records, will be 20 stories tall with 44 units, including full-floor apartments on the upper three floors and a private roof deck. There will also be 16 half-floor apartments, which, our tipster informs us, will be three- and four-bedroom, with libraries. All bedrooms will have en suite baths, including the one-bedrooms on the lower levels, which will also have separate powder rooms. The building will also house an art gallery, the 303 Gallery, on the bottom two floors. Last we heard, the pricing was going to be between $5.75 million and $17.5 million for most of the units, with the penthouses costing upwards of $35 million. The building is expected to be completed in 2015.
· 551 West 21st Street, New York [e-architect]
· 551 West 21st Street coverage [Curbed]
· Beyer Blinder Belle coverage [Curbed]
· Norman Foster coverage [Curbed]