Where park and paradise converge

Nick Myall
Tuesday 07 Feb 2017

New York’s High Line continues to be a magnet for signature architecture

The latest high profile architectural project to saunter up to High Line park’s elevated edge is a new luxury residential project by Soo K. Chan, one of Asia’s top architects who with his Singapore based firm SCDA Architects, is making their U.S debut.   

Called the Soori High Line, the 11 storey building features 31 private residences, ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms, with scores of luxury touches, including rare indoor pools in 16 of the units, that channel the spirt of a five star resort. Roughly based on his Soori Bali resort, in which Chan designed the landscape, the architecture and the interiors, his challenge was to replicate that project’s look and feel in New York.  This would not easy as at Bali he had an expansive canvas to work with. In New York the site was tight and hemmed in by buildings. And yet he managed to carve out spacious residences that are 30 ft wide, a rare find in New York, by manipulating the building’s structural grid at every level.   

Located on West 29th Street in the West Chelsea Arts District, the Soori High Line enjoys an enviable location that is hard to beat. Situated mid-block between 10th and 11th Avenues it is close to the Hudson River, within minutes of Penn Station and the new 7th Avenue Subway Station at Hudson Yards, and a short stroll to the Whitney Museum and the forthcoming Culture Shed. It counts as its neighbours scores of galleries, top eateries, and boutique shops. And whilst it is indeed in the “thick of it” the residences are designed more along the lines of a quiet retreat; a place where its inhabitants can kick back and take refuge from the city and relax in the sumptuous surroundings of their stylish digs, which put scores of indulgences at their fingertips, like an in-building spa, a branded eatery and a wine cellar for the exclusive use of residents.  

In addition to framing iconic views of the Hudson River and the Empire State Building, the residences feature double volume living spaces, exquisitely proportioned rooms, open plans that promote effortless flow and transparency, and generous amounts of outdoor living space. All of this is provided in a handsome wrapper - a bespoke glass curtain wall with full height vertical fins that give the building a distinctive street presence and lends further refinement. This refinement is carried over to the residences which have a decor that is modern and spare yet warmed by natural materials of stone and wood in neutral hues drawn from nature. Punctuating the homes are select furnishings drawn from Chan’s Soori Poliform collection and contemporary art works sourced from galleries nearby. The Soori High Line is not so much a building as it is an experience. One that Chan intends to take global. When you buy into a unit you buy into a Soori lifestyle”, said Chan 

Slated to open this year, the Soori High Line is a remarkable first performance by a newcomer.  The project has completely sold out prior to completion.  Chan is working on two other projects in New York, one nearby for which he is both architect and developer and a project Downtown for another developer client.  And SCDA Architects has opened a New York outpost.

Sharon McHugh

US Correspondent

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