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Jean Nouvel Unveils Reflective LEED Certified Skyscraper in NYC
Posted By Brit Liggett On March 16, 2010 @ 4:15 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 7 Comments
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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 Jean Nouvel: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/14/gigantic-coal-gasometers-transformed-into-thriving-communities/
 LEED Certified skyscraper: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/15/oppenheim-unveils-exoskeletal-leed-campus-center-for-miami-dade/
 New York City: http://www.inhabitat.com/nyc/
 Pritzker Prize: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/31/jean-nouvel-named-2008-pritzker-architecture-laureate/
 for affordable housing: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/20/habitat-for-humanity-and-nyc-team-up-for-leed-certified-affordable-housing/
 New York City: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/09/artist-uses-legos-to-rebuild-new-york-city/
 icons: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/12/karim-rashid-unveils-water-filtering-bobble-bottle/
 High Line: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/11/inhabitat-exclusive-video-the-nyc-high-line-opens/
 reflect the sky and sunlight: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/12/largest-solar-plant-in-europe-set-to-open-in-italy/
 empire state building: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/04/new-york-mandates-that-all-new-government-buildings-go-green/
 suspended garden: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/15/urban-biofilter-project-plants-bamboo-forests-to-clean-up-brownfields/
 FSC certified wood: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/08/hom-and-cisco-brothers-unveil-new-line-of-eco-friendly-outdoor-furniture/
 indoor air quality: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/22/andrea-reaches-u-s-houseplants-to-filter-air/
 The High Line: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/09/new-yorks-high-line-park-in-the-sky-opens-today/
 pricey apartments: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/23/future-downtown-brooklyn-citypoint-mall-seeking-leed-silver/
 Green Buildings NYC: http://www.greenbuildingsnyc.com/blog/david/nouvel-vogue-100-eleventh-avenue-earns-new-york-times-raves-leed-certification
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