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Apartment prices at the 24-unit residential condominium building under construction at 166 Perry Street range from $1,950,000 for a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath apartment with 1,126 square feet to $11,500,000 for a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath duplex penthouse with two fireplaces, 3,415 square feet of interior space, and 1,225 square feet of terraces including a 109-square-foot lap pool.

The project is being developed by Charles Blaichman, Richard Born, Ira Druckier and Bella Sekons. Mr. Blaichman, Mr. Born and Mr. Druckier were the developers of two of the three, nearby, 16-story, modernist glass towers designed by Richard Meier along West Street.

The 8-story building at 166 Perry Street has been designed by Asymptote, of which Hani Rashid and LiseAnne Couture are the principals. There is a setback at the 6th floor and the glass cornice drops down two stories at the building's east and west sides. All apartments are corner apartments. The building has a fitness center, 24-hour doorman and concierge services, private storage facilities, and room service and pantry stocking services provided by Jean-George Vongerichten's Perry Street restaurant.

The striking building is highlighted by its rippling glass facades with cascading, alternately angled windows and its dramatic street entrance with perforated metal scrim and mechanized single-pane, blue glass doors that lead into a lobby "capsule" with rounded edges, white lacquered walls, silver-leather seating, blue-lacquered concierge desk and polished white concrete flooring with inset brushed-aluminum panels.

Apartment layouts are distinguished by sliding doors and translucent glass bathroom walls. Ceiling heights range from 10 to 12 feet.

The building scheduled for occupancy in the fall of 2008.

Renderings of the Asymptote design appeared "US, Architecture in the United States," by Philip Jodidio, published in January 2007 by Taschen.

Mr. Jodidio noted in his book that Asymptote calls its project "Surfaced Space." He provides a quote from Rashid that the design "is in many ways simultaneously antidotal as it is a formal and tectonic playing off of the Meier projects." "More specifically", he continues, "Asymptote's approach primarily emerged from a serge for an apropos musical assembly of glass and geometry whereby a play of reflections, atmosphere and surface produce an enveloped of effects that would weld the disparities of brick, ornament and stoops with glass, smoothness and constant plays of surface and space, resulting in another definition of elegance possibly transcending that of the high modernist traditions and minimalist aspirations expressed in the adjacent towers and the quaintness and scale of domesticity that the building is situated in.'"

Mr. Jodidio observed that "the flowing lines typical of their designs are most visible near the entrance" and that "the lower floors of the building stand out from the main block and give both a certain transparency and a feeling of movement to the structure."

In a press release for the building, Richard Born declared that "In Hani Rashid, LiseAnne Couture and their team we have found individuals as passionate as we are about progressive design, original ideas and simply beautiful high-performance buildings." "It is a privilege to work with them and to be participating in what we view as a new Golden Age of architectural experimentation in New York City," he added.
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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.
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