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Today's Featured Building: Indigo 21

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]


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.


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