Metal Shutter Houses
The Metal Shutter Houses in the West Chelsea of New York City take a look usually seen when storefronts close down for the evening and roll down metal garage-door-like shutters and makes it high end. The nine-unit condo project designed by Japan's Shigeru Ban was inspired by the metal shutters on industrial buildings.
The mechanized shutters have horizontal perforated slats that allow the resident to see out when closed but block out the city's prying eyes. When the shutter rolls up it reveals a terrace which is separated from double-height living rooms by windows that can also be raised to create one large indoor/outdoor space.The units range from three-bedroom, 1,950-square-foot duplexes with terraces to four-bedroom, 2,700-square-foot duplexes with terraces and one four-bedroom duplex penthouse which has 3,319 square feet and 1,963 square feet of outdoor space including private roof deck. The units start at $3.6 million and the penthouse, shown above, is listed at $10.5 million.