Carter B. Horsley
building, which is at 24th Street and overlooks the Hudson River, has been designed by
Selldorf for GAIA House LLC, a partnership of Youngwoo
& Associates and Urban Muse, and uses the "En-Suite Sky
that uses an internal elevator to bring residents in their cars
to garage rooms immediately adjacent to the apartments.
Kratchman was the architect of record.
are thrilled that 200 Eleventh Avenue will be the first condominium
in America to offer this incredible amenity," Glauco Lolli-Ghetti,
a director of Youngwoo & Associates, said following the
council's approval. His firm
said that "sensors and monitors at the elevator's entrance
are alerted when a car is present, recognize each resident's car,
welcome and direct them into the elevator." The system was
conceived by the developer and designed by Ms. Selldorf with elevator
engineer Jon Halpern with assistance from Bradley Rickert of Siemens.
The building has 19 floors and the city's
zoning regulations only permit any new building south of 60th
Street in Manhattan to have no more parking spaces than 20 percent
of the number of residential units
Initially, prices for the apartments began
at about $6 million and occupancy
was planned for Fall 2008, although the building was not completed
The New York City Planning Commission had voted August 8, 2007 to
approve a special permit for 12 additional parking spaces,
but Community Board 4 voted 31 to 10 with one person stating he
present but not eligible May 2, 2007 to recommend that the special
permit not be granted.
Several speakers at the
community board meeting had argued that
while the number of requested parking spaces would not have a
serious impact on the community a granting of the request would
set a bad precedent since the city's zoning laws.
The resolution passed by the board noted that "the application
is admittedly novel," adding that it is "contrary to
PLANYC's recently announced program to reduce vehicle trips and
presence in mid-Manhattan" and "if granted, would by
permitting accessory parking for some 90 percent of the apartments,
set a dangerous and unwarranted precedent undercutting the intent
of the Zoning Regulation if applied to larger buildings."
The city's recent rezoning of West Chelsea and the High Line area
did not alter the city's zoning regulations relating to parking
even though Chelsea, as well as other parts of Manhattan, has
witnessed an evaporation of parking lots as they have been gobbled
up for development in recent years.
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
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
The planning commission's
approval noted that it "recognizes
that there is limited existing public parking in the immediate
vicinity and that there is limited capacity within these facilities."
It also noted that "The development of the High Line elevated
rail structure into public open space and continued growth of
the West Chelsea art gallery district may create further demand"
and therefore it "believes the proposed garage would appropriately
serve the needs of the residents of the residential building"
and "the small increase would not unduly inhibit traffic
and pedestrian flow."