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More details on Caledonia project in Chelsea
By Carter Horsley   |   From Archives Tuesday, August 22, 2006
The Caledonia, a large residential development planned by The Related Companies, L.P., and Taconic Investment Partners L.L.C., on the east side of Tenth Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets will apparently take much of its interior design inspiration from the craggy, winding, quixotic and sometimes organic Chelsea Market directly across from it on 16th Street.

The 24-story project, shown in the rendering at the right, will include 190 condominium apartments in its tower and 288 rental apartments in its 8-story-high wing. Occupancy is anticipated for fall 2008.

The building has been designed by Handel Architects LLC., with "enlightened design" by Clodagh.

An 8-page description of the project has recently been posted on its website, entitled "The warmth of Home. The Cool of West Chelsea," and it provides a lengthy article on Clodagh's "enlightenment" that conjures mouth-watering, epicurean menus:

The through-block lobby, it maintained, "was conceived as a necklace of experiences inspired by Clodagh's global travels and the local neighborhood," adding that "The patina of metal and steel contrasted with the rich grain of wood and light creates shadow and reflection throughout."

The lobby will have "walls of flamed and coarsely finished sandstone and Venetian plaster, horizontal bands of grouted amber pebbles, blue stone flooring....cascading water flows into a stone reflecting pool, a floating bridge over the water trough leads from the parking garage into the lobby, elevator cabs feature Osetra suede and metal panel walls, mirrors with metal mesh layering, and blue stone flooring,?illuminated bamboo garden through overhead skylight."

The lobby will also have a concierge desk, "inspired by Richard Serra," that will be "fashioned from a solid walnut slab atop a corten steel base, lit by a kinetic, pulsating light sculpture."

"Raised in Oscar Wilde's Irish summer home, Clodagh's passion for literature inspired her to create a residential browsing library" that will have a graphite cement stone fireplace and a "custom anodized iron bamboo privacy screen" that will not be far from a bamboo garden designed by H. M. White.

Apartments will have bamboo plank flooring, and kitchens will have Miele dishwashers and SubZero refrigerators, both with "integrated bamboo panels. Baths will have "Golden Sand" tile flooring and quartztite tiled walls, "thick ginger crystal polished quartztite slab countertops" and "Artic white Corian vessel sinks" as well as custom design fixtures by Watermark "inspired by ancient Etruscan metals," and Toto Carolina one-piece toilets.

The building will have an Equinox fitness center with a kid's club, a sundeck, a business center, a pet spa, a children's playroom, bicycle storage, storage bins, 24-hour doormen and concierges, and an residents' entertainment lounge with "woven grasscloth wall covering with woven window shades."

Jerry Johnson, a lawyer represent the developers, recently told the preservation and zoning committee of Community Board 4 that 59 of the rental units will be "permanent" affordable housing. He said that the condo and rental sections of the building will share a common lobby, but will have separate elevators.

The building is providing $28 million to the High Line park for public access to the elevated park from its site.

Prices for the 190 condominium apartments are expected to range from $595,000 for a studio to more than $4 million for a penthouse.

The Related/Taconic project is on the former site of the Chelsea Garden Center and close to another large project planned by Edison Properties LLC and designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects that will include 869 condominium apartments in two towers at 501 West 17th Street.
Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.