A Glass Interpretation of Chelsea’s Art Lofts
540 West 26th Street, in the heart of Chelsea’s gallery district, offers a nine-story commercial building for the arts and offices. Rising on former parking sites, the façade of factory-sash, floor-to-ceiling windows in a bead blasted aluminum frame pays homage to the neighborhood’s warehouses while opening the building to the street. Inside, blackened steel, finished concrete, and salvaged wood reflect the neighborhood’s industrial character. The lower level reinforces the district’s arts with gallery space, and upper levels provide full floor commercial space with generous floor-to-ceiling heights.