Indigo 21

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125 West 21st Street, New York City, NY

Indigo 21
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Exterior view of Indigo 21
Building Information
Developer Alchemy Properties
Architect FXFowle
Number of Units 52
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
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125 West 21st Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning MI-5
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The entrance to Indigo 21

Indigo 21 is a luxury condominium in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, not to be confused with "Hotel Indigo" that's also in Chelsea but further north. Designed by FXFowle Architects and developed by Alchemy Properties, Indigo 21 was built in 2008 and gets its two part name from the color of its facade - dark purple or blue, also known as "indigo", for those better acquainted with the color spectrum, and "21" from its location on West 21st Street. It has 52 suites.


Unlike many condominiums in the modernist architectural style, Indigo 21 displays a unique exterior of aluminum and zinc instead of glass. This 13-story mid-rise has a setback on the tenth floor to allow for a roof deck, one of the two landscaped areas available to all residents. The other area is on the second floor and runs the width of the building. The penthouse suites also boast private roof terraces.


Alchemy Properties has developed a number of other buildings in this area such as Oculus at 50 West 15th Street and Lion’s Head at 121 West 19th Street. Many of the same fixtures in Indigo 21's interiors are also found at the Oculus.[1]

Location

The Indigo in its 21st Street context

Indigo 21 is located on 125 West 21st Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Chelsea. As NY Condo Blog states, while the condominium is nicely sandwiched between many exciting neighbourhoods like the Flatiron District, Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village and Chelsea, the immediate vicinity of Indigo 21 isn't all that exciting. Some parking garages and a dry cleaner are on West 21st Street - convenient but hardly aesthetic.[1]


If looking for more of an aesthetic space, it is a short walk to Madison Square Park with its gardens and green space. Residents may also want to grab a legendary burger at the Shake Shack in the park. Union Square is also nearby with its local Greenmarket where residents can shop for produce. In the other direction is the Chelsea Market, an interior walkway spanning a city block between 9th and 10th Avenues where wholesalers come and sell their goods - whether they be butchers, florists, grocers, bakers, or wine merchants.


Other grocery options include the Whole Foods on Sixth Avenue and Chelsea Organice Market on Seventh Avenue. Bibliophiles will enjoy the Barnes and Noble on Sixth Avenue and The Strand bookstore near Union Square. Chelsea boasts over 300 art galleries that specialize in contemporary art. The Flatiron District has an abundant assortment of restaurants as does Chelsea..[2]


Construction

Indigo 21 is a 13-story mid-rise designed by FXFowle Architects in the modernist style. It has a curtain wall facade system made of aluminum and zinc, the building's most distinctive feature that causes this condominium to stand out amidst Manhattan's construction boom. The building does so anyway placed next to two brown low-rise buildings.

The facade of Indigo 21 is a light grey and dark purple color, like its name "indigo." The aluminum curtain window runs all thirteen floors from the ground level to the roof, bisecting the zinc panels.[3]

The tenth floor is recessed to allow for roof terraces.[4] From the 10th floor upwards, the aluminum portion projects into a dormer-style window visible in the entrance way in the form of a large skylight.[5]

Layout and Features

The 52 suites at Indigo 21 range from studios to three bedrooms. Many feature private balconies and/or terraces, especially those on the upper floors. There are two roof decks available for everyone to share.

The luxury interiors are equipped with Viking appliances such as an oversized refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and wine cooler, Poggenpohl oak wood cabinetry and quartz countertops in the kitchen. A Maytag washer and dryer is installed in the units. Bathrooms have radiant floor heating, Kohler fixtures, bathtub, wall-mounted vanities, as well as limestone and marble tiling.[6] The one, two, and three-bedroom suites come with a separate steam shower in the bathroom.

Floor to ceiling windows allow for maximum light and views, although the views onto 21st Street are not anything outstanding. Other angles may offer better views of Manhattan's skyline[1] Nevertheless, there are oversized Sestito casement windows, some as tall as six feet, and high ceilings that add to a spacious and bright feel.[7] Powder rooms, cherry wood floors, and large walk-in closets give Indigo 21 an opulent and elegant touch.

Floor Plans

With over 20 floor plans available at Indigo 21, here is a small selection:

Amenities

Indigo 21 offers its residents the following amenities:

  • Landscaped roof deck
  • Second floor outdoor recreation area[8]
  • Storage
  • Central air conditioning
  • 24-hour doorman
  • Live-in superintendent
  • Some balconies
  • Video intercom
  • In-suite laundry facilities

Bylaws

Indigo 21 Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Pets are allowed at Indigo 21.
  • Rentals and corporate ownership is also permitted.[9]
  • There is no age restriction for tenants.

Sustainability

Indigo 21 has a few sustainability features on the inside and outside.

Aluminium is a green building material that is flexible, durable, and sustainable. It allows more natural light to come into the building, meaning less artificial light needs to be installed.

Aluminium reflects infrared heat into the building, creating a better insulation system than glass, which cuts down on air conditioning costs.[10][3]

The radiant floor heating is also energy efficient as are the high end appliances in the suites.

Additionally, residents can take advantage of their central urban location to get around for daily errands.

Trivia

The purple aluminum strip draws buyers
  • Joel Breitkopf, a principal of Alchemy Properties that developed Indigo 21, thinks the sales success of the building was largely due to its unique aluminum and zinc facade. He is quoted saying, "“Glass has led to too many monolithic facades. They’re like office buildings.” The Metal Initiative is a program designed to promote the use of metal in construction, spouting its decorative potential, cheaper installation, and better insulation.[3]
  • The historic buildings of the manufacturing district in Chelsea inspired the proportions for the Indigo, according to the architect's website.[5]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 New York Condo Blog
  2. Walk Score
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wired New York
  4. City Realty
  5. 5.0 5.1 FXFowle Architects
  6. NY Condo Domain
  7. Douglas Elliman
  8. Manhattan Apartments NY
  9. Luxury New York Condominium
  10. Sustainability of Aluminum


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