The High Line, like much of the rest of New York, has seen an incredible pace of real estate development after the city's rebound from the Great Recession. One of the many projects that have sprung up along the High Line during 2014, HFZ Capital's 505 W 19, has progressed from excavation to near completion of exterior wall in a little over a year. Last week I was given an exclusive tour of the site to see the construction progress first hand.
The project, located at the corner of West 19th Street and Tenth Avenue, consists of 35 units spread across two ten-story towers that straddle the High Line and are connected by a ground floor lobby and retail space. Designer Thomas Juul-Hansen, working on his first ground-up residential project, has overseen the design of the entire building from shell to interiors. He has previously designed the interiors of many luxury developments in the city, including Neil Denari's HL23, Portzamparc's One57, and the penthouse at One York.
Both towers feature walls of elongated limestone masonry that frame the glass and metal windows. The unique design of the windows, rotated along the vertical axis, allows for increased privacy and focuses the resident's view.
The two towers will sit on a podium of glass and dark metal, occupying the space underneath the High Line. Resident's will enter the lobby off of West 19th Street directly underneath the High Line, passing through a stone-clad entrance portal with brass-trimmed glass doors. Skylights in the lobby ceiling will give residents and their guests a view of the High Line's underside structure, with dramatic night time lighting.
On the second floor, the space in between the two towers will host private terraces featuring the park's structure cutting through.
The project's 35 units are split among the two ten-story towers. Eight units are located in the west tower, including six full-floor homes, one duplex townhouse, and one duplex penthouse. The remaining 27 units are located in the east tower, with most floors accommodating four units and penthouses on the top two floors.
Architects: Thomas Juul-Hansen with Goldstein Hill & West Architects; Developers: HFZ Capital Group; Marketing: Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group; PR: M18; Program: Residential, Retail; Location: Chelsea, New York, NY; Completion: 2015.