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Condo for Art Collectors Woos Buyers in a Chelsea Gallery

The boutique condo building rising at 560 West 24th Street was designed specifically for art collectors—the walls are reinforced to support heavy art, homes have built-in humidity controls, and the lighting was created by a firm that lights museums and galleries—so it makes sense that the sales office is located in an art gallery just around the corner. Developed by Adam Gordon, in partnership with Tavros Development, and designed by Steven Harris, the eight-unit building features a limestone facade with an inset of marble lining the eight-foot-tall windows, a detail Gordon likes to call the building's "lingerie." It's not a feature that's easily rendered, but the sales office showcases the deep green and brown rock, which is mined in Turkey and currently en route to New York. The casement windows feature laser-cut wrought iron detailing, which was custom designed for the building by Harris's firm; in fact, everything in the building is custom. There is not one element that Harris used in a previous project.

Inside, the European oak floors are laid in a herringbone pattern, measured to line up perfectly with the doors and windows in each room, and the entrance foyers are large enough to act as in-house art galleries. Each unit has three to four bedrooms and all have private outdoor space. Only two units are publicly listed; a $7.25 million four-bedroom and a nearly 5,000-square-foot $18 million penthouse. The second penthouse, located on the top two floors, will be listed for around $13 million, and it boasts a killed rooftop terrace. One unit is currently in-contract, and there are "lots of interested parties," according to broker Leonard Steinberg.

The living spaces face north for the ideal type of art-displaying natural light, and the kitchens are designed to be either open or closed with two pocket doors separating them from the dining areas. The kitchens have a mix of materials, featuring white upper cabinets with fluted glass and a bronze inset, while lower cabinets are clad in a textured kinon material. There's also some wood paneling made of bleached jacaranda, an old growth Brazilian hardwood. Evidently, it's hard to get, but Harris "has a stash of it" and since he and Gordon "have been friends for years," they used it in this project. The custom hardware comes from P.E. Guerin, a foundry located on Jane Street.

Since the building sits just past 11th Avenue, not far from the Hudson River, major flood protection measures were taken. The superstructure goes 15-feet into the bedrock, and it has been completely waterproofed up to the second floor. There are also flood gates, and a generator that can keep the building running indefinitely is located on the roof. The building structure currently sits at the fifth floor, and it should be ready for occupancy by late fall.