After getting HeightChopped twice and eventually winning over the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2011, Morris Adjmi's twisty glass topper across from the High Line is finally (almost) ready. Open House New York held its annual benefit at 837 Washington Street Wednesday night, offering lucky party-goers a peek at the fittingly industrial torqued exoskeleton from the inside. It's the first event held in the glass-and-metal bit, though the ground-floor space, intended for a retail tenant, hosted an art show in March. Developed by Taconic Investment Partners and Thor Equities, the building is just about done, with just an elevator inspection to go before it earns a temporary certificate of occupancy. Brokers are entertaining interested tenants for the 55,000 square feet of space from the cellar to the sixth floor, plus an additional 7,000 square feet of outdoor space that comes via terraces and a rooftop. It'll lease for about $125/square foot.
Adjmi was one of the first to arrive at OHNY's party, wearing the typical architect uniform of jeans, a black T-shirt, and a blazer. When asked if he was disappointed about abandoning his earlier designs to please the LPC, he replied: negatory. "I have the model of this building, taller, in my office, and when I look, it looks too big. [Now] the twist is a little more pronounced," Adjmi said. "Going through the Landmarks process usually makes things better because you have to make it perfect."
OHNY President Margaret Sullivan described the venue in her opening remarks as "twisty and sexy," and yup, that about sums it up. Check out some more photos of 837 Washington during the OHNY party, including close-up shots of all the beams 'n' columns as well as the rooftop. Oh, and take in those High Line views before some fashionable tenants move in and the Whitney opens.