Gallery: Jean Nouvel Unveils Reflective LEED Certified Skyscraper in NY...


French architect Jean Nouvel recently unveiled a shining new LEED Certified skyscraper on 11th avenue in New York City. The building features a stunning facade composed of 1,700 different panes of glass and is described by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect as a “vision machine”. With apartments reaching from $1.6 million to $22 million, one wonders if New York really needs another green luxury building when there’s so much need for affordable housing. But nonetheless, 100 Eleventh Avenue is a stunning portrayal of what modern design can accomplish in a city like the Big Apple.

100 Eleventh Avenue is located near two New York City design icons: the High Line and Frank Gehry’s IAC Headquarters. The facade of the building is made from, “1,700 different-sized panes of colorless glass each set at a unique angle and torque.” The glass facade creates a west facing mirage of green and blue as the panes reflect the sky and sunlight. The north-facing side of the building is made from black brick with strategically placed windows that perfectly reflect different views from inside, like the empire state building. The entrance — when completely finished — will come complete with a suspended garden with vegetation sprouting mid-air.

On the green side the building features FSC certified wood, recycled materials, low-VOC paints and carpets and an indoor air quality management system. It seems that 100 Eleventh Avenue is worthy of its green neighbor, The High Line, and the artistic neighborhood it’s been built in. Now lets just hope that it can attract the high rolling tenants it needs to fit it’s pricey apartments.

Via Green Buildings NYC


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  1. September 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    There are some of my photos of 100 Eleventh Ave, including shots of its backside, on the Archiplanet page for this building:

    The differences in detailing, however understandable, were fairly jarring and just slightly disappointing the first time I saw the back side.

    Some of my photos of the adjacent IAC Building are on that site, too:

    It’s pretty interesting to see how the designs for two adjacent sites were resolved so remarkably differently by their respective architects. Gehry’s building is so figural and reminds me forcibly of the sails of a clipper ship.

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  4. archistudent April 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

    In regards to arcaterra’s comment. High density residential buildings like this one are actually better for the environment than the more spread out suburban residential living. Being compacted together in a smaller area is a great way to save on energy costs and waste control. Now your issue with the beauty of the building is your own opinion. Depending on your favored style of architecture this might not tickle your fancy. However, there are copious amounts of individuals that enjoy this style and would choose to live here. Billy Stardust, LEED has nothing to do with the amount of money the initial cost of the apartment requires. LEED strives to lower the cost of utilities and energy but not the initial cost. A platinum certified LEED building does cost a great deal to building but can pay itself off in a few years.

  5. March 18, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Jean Nouvel used “vertical gardens” on a project in Paris (Musée du Quai Branly) The “vertical gardens” on the Paris building we re design by French artist Patrick Blanc. I wonder of the “suspended gardens” on this NYC building were designed and installed by the same artist. Beautiful!

  6. arcaterra March 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    The building should not have gotten a Leeds certification.The height only adds more density to an already dense city. Plus the use of 1700 different bits of colourless glass coupled with the 22 million dollar apartment manifests an untrammeled fetish of commodity and consumerism. How ecological is any of that. Plus it is an ugly building, out of context and with its dependence on greed and luxury, out of time and out of date. Tear it down.

  7. Billy Stardust March 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Yes great building but no matter how many LEED certificates you’re going to show, there is just NOTHING sustainable about someone spending $22 mio on an apartment, sorry. LEED shouldn’t be abused for this kind of marketing hypocrisy.

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