Archinect - News 2014-10-21T17:36:21-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/73843868/unused-water-tower-in-chelsea-converted-into-a-one-time-exclusive-party-venue Unused water tower in Chelsea converted into a one-time exclusive party venue Archinect 2013-05-24T16:35:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T15:26:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/na/nala5fdli6doqe8o.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Heron&rsquo;s architect was N. D. Austin, a 31-year-old artist known for what he calls &ldquo;trespass theater.&rdquo; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about making the invisible visible,&rdquo; he said of his philosophy. Mr. Austin located a suitable water tower by scouring Buildings Department records for violations with egregious scaffold fines. That can indicate a neglectful landlord, he said, which meant it might be a vacant building ripe for adopting as one&rsquo;s own.</p></em><br /><br /><p> One Saturday night last month, 12 guests squeezed through the trap door into the space. &ldquo;The great thing about the upright bass is how it got up here,&rdquo; said Dirby Luongo, one of Mr. Austin&rsquo;s collaborators who played the doorman. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like a ship in a bottle.&rdquo;</p>