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Today's Featured Building: 40 Mercer Street

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40 Mercer Street was once the site of a department store and then a parking lot. This project was first designed as a hotel in 2000, but these plans were abandoned after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. André Balazs then changed his idea towards a residential structure. Zoning regulations were changed to accomodate residential structures in that area.[1]

Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, the well-known French starchitect, was brought in to design the new building. His concept incorporated lots of glass cladding. Its glass exterior and dark blue top makes it easy to distinguish from other buildings nearby. Although 40 Mercer Street stands only 13 stories high, it is very noticeable sitting on a 6 story pedestal base with a blocky multi-faceted tower set back from the street. The set back provides space for the rooftop garden and lounge.

There are very few apartments in this building which provides residents with a certain sense of distinction. The fenestration in this building is very unusual. Fenestration refers to the design and placement of windows in a building. The windows open down or slide across by the use of a motorized mechanical system. Each assembly unit weighs 1,100 pounds, which required an augmented structure to carry the additional load.

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