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This is the 100 11th Avenue Luxury Condominium Residence. The surface of this building remember me a honeybee hive, and like the hive for bees this building is a kind of hive for humans.

The building is a 23 story residential tower at the intersection of 19th Street and the West Side Highway in Manhattan. The developers were Craig Wood and Curtis Bashaw, who commissioned French architect Jean Nouvel (Ateliers Jean Nouvel), in conjunction with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects as executive architects.

It contains 72 units apartments. There are five penthouses, and a single floor unit on the top floor. On the lower levels are a spa, gym, pool, and garden. The ground floor also has a restaurant with a dining patio. The tower mass is formed along a curve that runs the entire site. The curved form allows all apartments to have street frontage and views. It also gives each apartment light and views southwest.

On the lower 7 stories, Nouvel connects to the street, a freestanding curtain wall 15 feet away from the south façade and follows along the sidewalk. Behind the freestanding structure is a semi-enclosed atrium called “The Loggia”. Within the atrium are fully-grown trees that seem to float in mid air. There are two different types of façade. On the south and west side Nouvel designed a pixilated curtain wall that was inspired by the compound eye of an insect. This harnesses the site’s light and reflects it back to the city. The curtain wall has 1,647 different windowpanes that are connected to “megapanels.” The megapanels are tilted at different angles resulting in different levels of transparency throughout the curtain wall. The North and East facades are clad with black brick.

The buildings was completed in 2010 with a stimated budget of $560 million ans is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building certified.

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