Shigeru Ban Architects

Shigeru Ban Architects


Shigeru Ban Completes The Metal Shutter Houses - His First Residential Project In New York City

By Archinect
Jul 20, '11 4:58 PM EST

Metals Shutter Houses Offer Seamless Indoor/Outdoor Urban Living

New York, New York - HEEA Development LLC is pleased to announce the completion of Metal Shutter Houses, a luxury condominium building designed by architect Shigeru Ban and his New York-based partner Dean Maltz, located in Chelsea’s art district, just west of the High Line. The building is at 524 West 19th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues on New York’s ‘Starchitect Row’ next to Frank Gehry’s IAC Headquarters and across the street from Jean Nouvel’s 100 11th building.

Metal Shutter Houses take its name from two distinct features, the shutters that cover the two major facades of the building and the creation of condos that feel like individual homes within one structure.  The building’s façade, with its “retractable skin” of motorized perforated metal shutters, echoes the after-hours shutters of neighboring galleries thereby contextualizing the building within its environment.  Its façade represents a uniform minimal cube when all of the shutters are closed and presents a number of dynamic patterns based the arrangement of open and closed shutters at each resident’s discretion. Each apartment has direct access from the lobby through a single elevator and is a floor-through duplex providing abundant light streaming in from both the north and south facades.  The double height exterior walls on the north façade apartments can be opened  via sweeping floor-to-ceiling bi-fold doors thereby creating continuity between the interior space and outdoor terraces – blurring the boundary between inside and out. To achieve the complete opening of the apartment to the exterior Ban re-designed and newly adapted an industrial bi-fold door, commonly used in airplane hangars, and transformed it into an environmentally sound window wall.

Ban, a recent recipient of the National Interior Design Award, known for his “poetic” architectural style, fully designed each home’s serene interior spaces.  Instead of regular walls separating rooms, interior sliding glass doors create an open “universal floor.” The uninterrupted area, along with sliding glass doors to the rear balconies, creates a home that completely opens up to its surroundings.  Other Ban features include cantilevering islands for the kitchens, curved countertops for the bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling white lacquer with matte finish cabinetry and custom designed hardware throughout each home.

The building stands approximately 120’ tall and consists of eleven stories, featuring eight duplex houses ranging from1,950 sq. ft. to 4,644 sq. ft., an art gallery and a 24-hour doorman on at the ground floor lobby.  Although most of the units were sold prior to breaking ground, the recently finished penthouse has been brought to market for $12.95 million.

About HEEA Development LLC
The Metal Shutter Houses was developed by HEEA Development LLC, a real estate development company lead by Jeff Spiritos and Klemens Gasser.

Gasser, the former owner of the development site, selected Shigeru Ban Architects for the Metal Shutter House project. He, along with his wife, Tanja, own Gasser Grunert Gallery, located on the ground floor of the building.

Spiritos is the founder of  Spiritos Properties, LLC a commercial and residential development and development management organization founded in early 2004.  In 25 years with Hines prior to opening his firm, Spiritos has led commercial and residential development projects ranging from  250,000 sq. ft. to 1,500,000 sf. ft. in size.

About Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect
Shigeru Ban Architects (SBA) was established in 1985 in Tokyo and has 3 offices - Tokyo, Paris and New York. SBA’s design experience stems from working in a wide range of project types from private residences, collective housing, and apartments to offices, hotels, museums, libraries, retail, exhibition design and industrial design. SBA has completed a number award winning projects in the United States and abroad.

Shigeru Ban and Dean Maltz began their professional relationship together in 1999 when the Museum of Modern Art commissioned SBA to design the Paper Arch. They began their friendship in 1980 as students at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

Dean Maltz Architects works on all Shigeru Ban Architects projects in North America and Dean Maltz is a partner of Shigeru Ban Architects. Since their partnership began they have worked on numerous projects including the Nomadic Museum in New York; Brandeis University Rose Art Museum near Boston, a 37,000 sq. ft. addition and renovation to the historic building; the Forest Pavilion in St. Louis; as well as a number of residential projects, including Furniture House 5 for the Houses at Sagapoanc and Furniture House 6 in New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward for the Make it Right Foundation. Currently, they are desiging the new Aspen Art Museum in Colorado.