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515 West 18th Street, New York, United States

Tuesday 16 Jan 2018

Heatherwick Studio follows the curve in New York

515 West 18th Street by Thomas Heatherwick in New York, United States
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515 West 18th Street by Thomas Heatherwick in New York, United States 515 West 18th Street by Thomas Heatherwick in New York, United States
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Thomas Heatherwick will use faceted barrel-shaped glazing on a new luxury hotel that will straddle the New York High Line 

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, 515 West 18th Street in New York offers a distinctive reinvention of the Chelsea warehouse architectural style, featuring a modern interpretation of the bay window and a custom masonry façade. The 21-storey building comprises a collection of approximately 180 one, two, three and four bedroom residences, many of which bestow uninterrupted cityscape and Hudson River views, and promise to provide residents a totally integrated lifestyle destination. 515 West 18th Street is part of a two-tower development that links underneath the High Line. The development is in the heart of the art gallery district, within a short walk to sprawling parks, acclaimed restaurants, storied nightlife and several of Manhattan’s finest schools. 

Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio, said: “With a site crossing both sides of the High Line there was a unique opportunity to celebrate the urban texture of the elevated park and the distinct character of the Chelsea neighbourhood. The studio wanted to create a new kind of panoramic visual connection for the building’s residents and re-conceived the residential bay window as a three-dimensional sculpted piece of glazing that provides light-filled interiors as well as exciting internal moments. At the smallest scale the raw brick exterior, influenced by Chelsea’s heritage of industrial brick buildings, will give a handmade feel and micro texture to the facade. At the largest scale, the use of the three-dimensional windows will add another distinctive layer of textural character to the fabric of the city.”

Heatherwick used similar faceted barrel-shaped glazing on his luxury hotel inside a former grain silo in Cape Town, which sits above the Zeitz MOCAA art museum. The windows are tapered inward, in a similar way to a traditional bay window, to create the distinctive curved shape. One of the towers will be 21 storeys high with a stepped shape and the other will rise 10 storeys with both being topped with vegetation.

Heatherwick Studio, was founded by the British designer Thomas Heatherwick in 1994. Hailed for a number of significant projects in the UK, including the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the studio’s work also includes Vessel at Hudson Yards and Lincoln Center in Manhattan, a new campus for Google in Silicon Valley (with BIG) as well as Zeitz MOCAA, in Cape Town, South Africa that makes use of a disused grain silo.

Nick Myall

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