The shiny glass building at 57 Irving Place topped out as long ago as 2009, and it was well on its way to being fully clad not long afterwards. But the finishing touches were only recently applied, which is why this seems like a fine moment to take its measure.
Designed by Audrey Matlock, this building was developed by Madison Equities, which pioneered the Galleria at 117 East 57th Street a generation ago and, more recently, the Chelsea Modern at 447 West 18th Street. Like 57 Irving Place, Chelsea Modern was designed by Matlock. The latter building is a far bolder structure than the one on Irving Place. It consists of four undulating strips in two tones of blue that buckle and clash across the surface of the building. This aggressive, classic style of design can also be seen in the architect’s work for the New York Aquarium. [more]