It’s been a hot winter for The Cammeyer, the beautiful loft building at 650 Sixth Avenue in Chelsea’s historic Ladies’ Mile District that is one of CORE’s top new developments. Built in 1892 and once home to the world’s largest shoe store, the 67-condominium project is now 80% sold, the CORE Blog can reveal. While sales continue at a brisk pace in the building, The Cammeyer is also getting attention for making a grand entrance–literally. Interior Design magazine has an interesting story about the evolution of lobby design in Manhattan real estate. “The boutique lobby, a new subspecies, has invaded,” ID writes, and The Cammeyer, with a lobby designed by architect Eran Chen of ODA, is spotlighted. Check out Chen’s explanation for the lobby’s look:
Around the concierge desk, he built a box from huge panels of white Corian cut out by water jet to produce “tree branches,” their shadows projected onto the plain white walls by a simulated skylight. The branch motif repeats as carvings in the elevators.”Converting old buildings, I’m intrigued by showing the layering over the years,” Chen says. “The idea was to create an extreme expression of the new inside the old, a contemporary white box inside a box of beautifully articulated 1906 masonry. The lobby is not an art piece per se, but it’s definitely conceptual.”
It’s that combination of new and old that has attracted buyers to The Cammeyer, an attraction that has paid off with strong sales to date. For a list of current availability in the building, click here.