By Carter B. Horsley
One of the most distinctive new buildings in
Chelsea is 245 Tenth Avenue, an 11-story residential condominium
The building, which was scheduled for completion
in 2009, will have distinctive facades of randomly stamped stainless
steel panels with a faceted diamond pattern and tinted, fritted
and clear glass and the basic plan of the building is of two rectangles
that are perpendicular to one another but share a small part of
an edge of each.
The building's unusual window patterns will
be somewhat like a crossword puzzle and the panelized system of
semi-reflective stainless steel are designed to appear like the
graduated shades of gray within glades, conjuring, according to
Della Valle Bernheimer, the project's architects, abstract images
of steam clouds from locomotives that used to run on the High
245 Tenth Avenue
Grasso Holdings, whose other projects in the
city include 50 Pine Street and 124 West 24th Street, is the developer
of the 21-unit project.
The architectural form of 245 Tenth Avenue,
however, is further complicated by the fact that the building
bulges outward at a slight angle near its base.
The building has a full-time doorman, a residents'
terrace and lounge overlooking the High Line, private basement
storage, and Abigail Michaels concierge service.
Apartments have recessed track lighting on
exposed concrete ceilings, keyed entry/elevator access, 9-foot-8-inch-high
ceilings, ebonized oak flooring, individual air-conditioning,
Lualdi frameless doors of ebonized oak and lacquer with stainless
steel hardware, building-wide chilled water, stainless steel radiator
covers, and Bosch washers and dryers.
Kitchens have recessed lighting, stainless
steel countertops, RIFRA fixtures and cabinetry designed by Della
Valle Bernheimer, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Thermador ovens and
cooktops, and Bosch dishwashers.
Bathrooms have Inca grey
slab flooring and tiles in showers, radiant floor heating, Toto
commodes, RIFRA fixtures, and Corian tubs.
The two penthouse units have wood-burning fireplaces,
10-foot-6-inch-high ceilings, double Thermador ovens, Gaggenau
cooktops, Ipe wood decking, private outdoor showers and Sub-Zero
Refrigerators. One will have 1,450 square feet of exterior space
and the other 1,850.
An article in the April 10, 2011 edition of Sunday New
York Times by Sarah Kershaw said that the building, "which has stood
empty for almost 18 months before being refinanced several months ago
was the first to hold open house this weekend will require
contributions to the park as part of the monthly common change.
The offering plan of the building, which has
18 condos and two commercial spaces, and is steps from the nearly
finished second phase of the park, says the residential and commerical
tenants will make an annual; $10,000 donation, or about $400 per
unit, on average, depending on size. The money will go
to Friends of the High Line, which raises 70 percent of the parks