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Apartments at the residential condominium apartment tower planned for 200 Eleventh Avenue on the southeast corner at 24th Street will range in size from just over 1,300 square feet to nearly 3,500 square feet, according to its website, and will have ceiling heights in some rooms that range from 16 to 24 feet.

The building will have 16 apartments, fourteen of which will have their own 1-car garage space, which measures 20 feet nine inches by 12 feet, within the apartment. The garage space does not have to be used to accommodate an automobile but is accessible from car lift at the rear of the building.

The garage "rooms" may be the building's most unusual feature, but its most visible feature will be its unusual facade that its website maintains was "inspired by neighboring industrial lots, the concepts of Erwin Hauer and structural forms found in nature."

Erwin Hauer is an Austrian designer who in 1950 "began to explore perforated modular structures that lent themselves to architectural usage" and he taught at Yale University from 1957 to 1990. In 2004, Princeton Architectural Press published "Erwin Hauer: Continua," and he and his partners in Erwin Hauer Studios in Bethany, Connecticut, are, according to that company's website, now "regenerating his designs and adding new ones, using contemporary digital technology and production methods."

The building's facade has a base that will clad in gunmetal glazed terracotta that the building's website maintains will add "tactility and warmth at the street level" with a quite pronounced series of gentle curves while the setback tower will be clad in brushed stainless steel that the website states "takes on organic curves while reflecting the area's industrial past." The curves of the base are different from the curves of the tower.

The tower's design has very large multi-paned windows at the base of which the curved stainless steel spandrels protrude. The stainless steel mullions, or vertical elements, do not curve. The effect of the stainless steel facade framing is may become as spectacular as Sir Norman Foster's diagonal stainless steel braces on the Hearst Tower on the southwest corner of Eighth Avenue and 57th Street.

According to Leonard Steinberg of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, a two-bedroom unit with two-and-a-half baths and about 2,353 square feet is priced at about $4,695,000, a three-bedroom unit with three-and-half baths and 2,338 square feet is priced at about $5,300,000, and a three-bedroom penthouse unit with three-and-a-half baths and 3,193 square feet is priced at about $9,500,000.

The apartments, some of which have terraces and loggias, have kitchens that can be concealed behind folding wood doors and the kitchen "island has a curved drop-leaf side facing the dining/living area that can be used as a buffet or table. Master baths have hand-carved, free-standing honed granite soaking tubs.

The building has a 24/7 attended lobby, key-lock elevator entry, personal storage on most floors and cold storage for food deliveries as well a gym.

The building, which is expected to be completed next year, is being developed by Youngwoo & Associates, which is also involved in the Chelsea Arts Tower, a 20-story, commercial condominium building nearing completion nearby on West 25th Street.

Annabelle Selldorf is the architect of this project and was the architect with Alan Ritchie of the Urban Glass House condominium now nearing completion at 330 Spring Street. She is also the architect of an 11-story residential condominium building with 26 apartments planned by Bishopscourt Realty, of which Keith and John Jacobson are principals, for 520 West 19th Street in Chelsea. That building will be distinguished by its used of "midnight blue" terracotta and a curved entrance marquee.
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.