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Friday, September 22, 2006

Meier World

In the far West Village, flanking the Hudson River and the new, immensely popular Hudson River Park (this photo was taken from the Christopher Street Pier) are three residential 16-story towers all designed by starchitect Richard Meier. The projects all share a crystalline structure, clad in insulating laminated glass. The two buildings on the left are 173/176 Perry condominiums (completed 2002) - the first Meier construction in NYC. The spaces are open lofts with interior design and furnishings completed by the owners. The building on the right is 165 Charles (completed 2006). The interiors of the units in this property, in contrast to Perry Street, were completely designed and finished by Meier and apparently spectacular (click here for article). And the roster of tenants includes celebrities (Martha Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Calvin Klein, et al). These projects are a big subject, so I leave it to you to read further online, perhaps starting with the Richard Meier official site. Of course, anything this outspoken in a historical neighborhood will provoke controversy - many nearby streets are cobbled, and the surrounding area has predominately low rise dwellings. However, new construction is a part of our world, and the appropriate architectural solution for a given context is difficult...

3 comments:

Olivier said...

La photo est superbe, bravo. Maintenant l'architecture des nouveaux immeubles, bof pas terrible, pour le front de mer il aurait pu trouver mieux

Steve said...

I actually really like these buildings. But then, I tend to like glassy, minimalist architecture...

luggi said...

Apparently, Richard Meier likes answering the door in the nude when female messengers deliver. (Just something I've heard many times.)