Heatherwick Studio follows the curve in New York

Nick Myall
Tuesday 16 Jan 2018

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.

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