West Chelsea’s first luxury residence on the High Line
Gary Handel of Handel Architects sits on the board of directors of Friends of the High Line which was set up to preserve the disused elevated railway following threats to crumble it for development. The line in the West Side of Manhattan is now saved and will become a green space linking buildings throughout the area from on high. Now Handel Architects have completed the first luxury residential condominium development on the line offering a flush way of living and views over the Hudson. Apartments were sold out in record time and many are now available to rent. WAN have taken these exclusive pictures.
Handel Architects describe the exterior:
“The building’s exterior is designed in response to the unique site with a base of predominately warm- colored, iron-spotted brick and lobbies and storefronts accented in a flamed jet mist granite. A 24-story tower of glass, metal, and brick rises out of the base along 17th Street to a height and scale of the towers directly to the east. The High Line crosses the corner of the site at Tenth Avenue and 16th Street. The building’s mass is eroded away by the High Line to reveal a glass wall that abuts the park.”
The 24 storey building, capacity 503,000 sq ft, provides the area with both residential and retail space. The lower floors include a residential lobby, residents’ space with reading library, retail space, a landscaped courtyard, a 30,000 sq ft sports club, and parking. Interiors of the building have been designed by Clodagh and the landscaping by HM White.
Niki May Young