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Chelsea Condos Get Magic Glass Walls; Behemoth Rises in Midtown

At the push of a button, the 20-foot-high wall of glass opened with an electric hum, folding itself flat against the ceiling. A breeze and muted street noise wafted in.

Shigeru Ban’s 11-story boutique condo with its duplex apartments is a world away from another luxury apartment building now nearing completion: Arquitectonica’s 63 story, blue-black glass behemoth containing 150 condos atop 500 rentals.