Fashion designer Reem Acra is selling her 3,200-square-foot spread in the Chelsea Atelier at 245 Seventh Avenue, Luxury Listings reports. The Lebanese-born designer, who made news for having created First Lady Melania Trump’s inauguration-eve dinner gown, purchased two apartments in the building nearly two decades ago. The sprawling, loft-like space, asking $5.5 million, features dramatic art on the walls and ceilings including a wall-sized photo featuring a model wearing one of the designer’s wedding dresses that was used in an ad campaign.
Another forward-looking project may be coming to the banks of the High Line, this time for a T-shaped lot near the corner of Tenth Avenue and West 17th Street. While still in its conceptual stage, the design of 455 West 17th Street is being handled by architecture and project management firm Chelsea Atelier. The two-wing project consists of a four-story Tenth Avenue wing, to contain a small hotel or offices, and a larger 11-story wing that would house residential condominiums.
Amir Shouri, senior designer at Chelsea Atelier, says the design seeks to create viewing decks to capture glimpses of the High Line and the Hudson River. The blurred boundaries between inside and out will ceaselessly showcase the “live urban activity of the High Line during the day and motivate inhabitants to go out an enjoy the area’s many amenities.”