It seems there is a new building going up every day in New York City. Jean Nouvel is already behind 53 West 53—the super tall skyscraper set atop the MoMA—and ODA debuted a Tetris-inspired residential complex. But his latest luxe housing offering is all about intimacy. That's because 532 West 20th Street is a collection of just nine full-floor condominium residences in the center of West Chelsea's influential gallery district.
Designed and developed by Joe McMillan's DDG, a nationally renowned integrated real estate development firm, the new residential project emphasizes privacy and sanctuary in one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in the world. Neighbors include the city's top galleries, such as David Zwirner, Gagosian, ACA, Tanya Bonakdar, and Jack Shainman. Not to mention, the elevated High Line park connects the building to the Whitney Museum at one end and The Shed performing arts venue at the other.
Inspired by these surroundings, the building features a gallery-like exterior façade of exposed concrete with bronze and anodized metal accents, softened by integrated plantings and handmade, hand-laid bricks from Denmark's Petersen Tegl. DDG then tapped frenchCALIFORNIA who partnered with Magen H Gallery to outfit the space with international midcentury and modern collectible design pieces, focusing on French post-war design. Rare works by French design masters are seen in situ, with pieces by Guillerme et Chambron, Pierre Chapo, Max Ingrand, Jacques Adnet, André-Aleth Masson, and many more.
"Our goal was to add a sense of history and place to the unit, bringing in pieces that tell a story and add character to the ultra-modern design and architecture of the new building," Guillaume Coutheillas, founder of frenchCALIFORNIA, told Departures.
Of course, the details within all the homes are top of the line. Each has a gas fireplace, wide custom oak flooring from the Admont region in Austria, a chef's kitchen with oak veneer and lacquered cabinetry custom designed by Molteni, honed marble countertops from the Drama mountains of northern Greece, Miele appliances, and stainless steel sinks. Expansive layouts and generous outdoor spaces enhance this luxe sanctuary feel.
"Today's luxury buyer in Manhattan is looking for larger living spaces, private outdoor areas, and a more boutique lifestyle experience," Joe McMillan, CEO and chairman of DDG told us. "With only nine loft-like full-floor homes, private parking, direct elevator access, and south-facing terraces for every home, 532 West 20th Street perfectly represents the desires of today's discerning buyer.