Nouvel dreamed up 1,700 distinct pieces of glass for the 23-story tower’s façade and a seven-story protruding base, hereinafter dubbed the “loggia,” in which apartments will include nonpareil terraces, some with their very own trees. The building will oblige residents to pass through three mood zones to get to the elevator, and although the press release notes some black brick cladding to honor nearby buildings’ “industrial character,” this looks as bound to its moment as the Chelsea Piers hardbodies parking across the street. Occupancy is slated for fall 2008. Lord Rogers, your move. —Alec Appelbaum
CORRECTION, March 29: Jean Nouvel did not win the 2006 Pritzker Prize, as this item originally stated. Also, the building is going up at 19th Street and the West Side Highway, not 23rd Street, as originally stated.