ABI Chelsea is Close to Completion at 455 West 19th Street

455 West 19th Street looking east. Photo by Michael Young

The ABI Chelsea, aka 455 West 19th Street, an upcoming residential project between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, is nearing completion. The ten-story building is designed by Raed Abillama Architects, a Lebanon-based firm, while Paik Architecture is serving as the architect of record. The ten-unit condominium is being developed by Al Amir Holdings, which is expecting a projected sellout of $77.5 million.

The main southern façade. Photo by Michael Young

The project will most likely finish by the end of the year, or early 2020 at the very latest. Photo by Michael Young

The 50-foot-wide southern exterior features two contrasting architectural dialects. More than half is comprised of a series of thin vertical fins separating narrow windows. To the left of this are several levels of broad rectangular glass panels, each within an indented framework. This juxtaposition illustrates the development’s combination of visibility and privacy, and the two patterns span the height of the building, including an inward push with a setback at the fifth and sixth floors. The western elevation is left as a blank, windowless wall.

The northern façade has the opposite architectural language, with narrow horizontal windows and several private balconies with views of Midtown. The ground level will have floor-to-ceiling windows and will contain a proposed 5,000-square-foot commercial space that will most likely become an art gallery. A landscaped courtyard will be situated in the back of the property.

There will be two duplexes and a penthouse triplex on the upper floors. A rooftop terrace and swimming pool will also come with the project.

455 West 19th Street looks like it could be completed by the end of the year.

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