55 West 17th Street bridges the understated refinement of modern architecture and the rough-hewn quality of traditional construction. The residential building’s regularly spaced, single pane tilt-and-turn windows sit flush with the white brick exterior to create a pronounced grid. Its modernist qualities are balanced by the texture of the rough clay brick, which is hand-made using wooden molds according to a centuries-old tradition. The brick gives the otherwise sparse facade a depth and sense of history, evoking the historic masonry buildings found throughout the nearby neighborhoods of Chelsea and Ladies’ Mile. This connection is reinforced by a traditional composition and massing, as well as the decorative bronze-colored panels distinguishing its first two floors.
The building’s 53 apartments, ranging from one-bedroom to four-bedroom units, are all designed with open plans that maximize the available light and space. Rich interior finishes—including wide-plank white oak engineered flooring, marble counters, and custom oak cabinetry with oil-rubbed bronze hardware—reinforce the concept of the building, offering the best of both the old world and the new.
Image Credits: Matthew Williams