By Carter Horsley
Jean Nouvel is giving Frank O. Gehry and Herzog & deMeuron a run for the money for the design of the city’s most spectacular new building. At 100 Eleventh Avenue, he has designed a 23-story apartment building with a razzle-dazzle, curved corner with myriad, tilted window shapes and sizes.
2. Chelsea Modern 447 West 18th Street
Audrey Matlock’s design for this new and sleek, residential condominium building in Chelsea for Robert Gladstone not only has a façade of overlapping angled windows but also permits residents to open their windows by pushing out parallel from the building for ventilation.
Harry Macklowe commissioned Schuman Claman Lichtenstein & Efron to design this dashing, forceful, dramatic, razor-sharp, angled, black, mid-block monolith.
It resonates with the Post-Modern Carnegie Hall Tower designed by Cesar Pelli to the west and Citispire designed by Helmut Jahn across 56th Street in the city’s most vertiginous triple-tuning fork.
The three close towers will soon be joined by a fourth “finger,” a taller, mixed-used tower across from Carnegie Hall by Extell Development.