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Marketing is started for the W Hotel & Residences project at 123 Washington Street near Ground Zero where some of the apartments will have "a flirty, translucent-walled Peek-A-Boo Loo," according to the development's website that shows a rendering of a bedroom with a glass shower wall behind which there appears to be a naked woman.

The 57-story development will have 222 apartments and 217 hotel rooms, a roof deck, a gym, a spa, a cafe and a media lounge.

The building is being developed by the Moinian Group and has been designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates.

According to the architectural firm's website, "the tower's glass curtain wall has a subtle grid pattern of white, grey and clear glass panels that visually separates it from more commercial structures....The white panels feature two layers of glass with the outer layer receiving a pattern of white dots over an interior panel also painted white. The shadows of the dots against each white panel will move as the sun passes, adding a depth of tone and texture."

Avinash K. Malotra Architects is the associate architect for the 631-foot-high project. Occupancy is scheduled for 2009.

GRAFT, a design firm established in Los Angeles in 1998, is designing the interiors of the hotel rooms and 64 of the apartments, which will have cushioned window seats, sliding doors, and lacquered cabinetry highlighted by angled insets.

According to a diagram on the website, hotel rooms will be on floors 6 through 22, "W furnished" residences will be on floors 23 through 30, and "W residences" will be on floors 33 to 56.

According to an article in today's edition of The New York Sun by Bradley Hope, sales open Wednesday and apartments "will start at $2,000 a square foot, with one-bedrooms priced at $1.05 million and two bedrooms listed for $2.19 million to $2.64 million."

The article also stated that "all of the units of the building will feature maple doors, Italian crocodile-textured ceramic tiling, towel warmers, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Miele cooking equipment and Asko washer/dryers," adding that "residents of the condominiums will have access to the same amenities as the hotel guests, including a comprehensive 24-hour service called Whatever/Whenever/Wherever."

The Moinian site is south of Ground Zero and adjacent to the Deutsche Bank Building, which is in the process of being demolished because it was severely damaged in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The project also has the addresses of 4-12 Albany Street and 3-13 Carlisle Street.
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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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