Construction has almost reached the half way mark at Norman Foster's 19-story, 44 unit residential tower near the High Line, 551 West 21st Street. The building is situated at the western edge of Manhattan, overlooking the West Side Highway and the Chelsea Piers. Up the street, to the east is the High Line and KPF's 500 W 21, also under construction.
Currently, concrete has surpassed the four floor plinth, reaching the eighth floor on the main tower portion. The exterior facade is made of white precast concrete with bronze colored insets that frame the expansive glazing. This expression will create a strong concrete grid, similar to many recent residential towers in the city, such as 432 Park Avenue.
At the plinth, arriving residents and guests will enter through a private, gated entrance leading to a drive court and on to the double height lobby. Above the lobby, most of the 44 residences will have three to four bedrooms, capped by three penthouses at the top floors.
Architects: Foster + Partners; Program: Residential; Location: Chelsea, New York, NY; Completion: 2015.