9. Palazzo Chuppi
The Palazzo Chupi in West Village distinguishes itself from its neighbors not by sumptuous facade ornamentations, but by a vibrant pink facade that is hard to miss. Owner Julian Schnabel is a prolific artist, designer and filmmaker, who also designed the Northern Italian style Palazzo Chupi, constructed in 2005-08. The kooky building is named after the popular Spanish brand “Chupa Chups” lollipops, and also Schabel’s byname for his wife “Chupi”.
The Palazzo Chuppi has received much criticism from the public, in particular Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, who described it as “woefully out of context and a monument to this guy’s ego” and “an exploded Malibu Barbie house.” Since then, the color of the structure has changed from a bright fuchsia to one that resembles the “Pepto Bismol” coral color. Although the color was “toned down,” the 170 feet tall structure still dwarfs most of its neighbors in the West Village historic district, which are restricted to 75 feet in the new buildings ordinance in Greenwich Village.