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Palazzo Chupi

360 W. 11th St. (between Washington and West)

While lacking the historical significance of other buildings featured in this column (Ansonia, Flatiron, etc), the Palazzo Chupi and its pepto-bismol pink facade is one of the most unique buildings among the brownstones of the West Village.

The condominium building was designed by artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel in the style of a Northern Italian palazzo. Built between 2005 and 2008, the building is 170 feet tall, nearly 100 feet taller than the now 75 foot height ordinance for new buildings in Greenwich Village.

Schnabel uses the lower four floors, formerly horse stables, as a studio. In addition to the studio, Palazzo Chupi houses five condos, an exhibition space, a garage, a pool and a sauna. The condos come with $10 million-plus price tags, and include flourishes like 18-foot ceilings, baronial bathrooms with rough-hewn fireplaces, and handmade hinges and door handles designed by Schnabel.

Whether you love it or hate it (and there are legions on both sides of the issue), Palazzo Chupi certainly stands out and has become an indelible part of the West Village.

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