Ever since the completion of the High Line's first phase, development has been prolific in converting the parking lots and industrial sites that flanked the once abandoned rail line into a menagerie of high design projects that attempt to push New York's vocabulary forward.
One of the most recently completed entries to this collection is 505 W 19, a two building development from HFZ Capital that is split by the High Line. Located at the corner of West 19th Street and 10th Avenue, the 10-story towers are the first ground-up residential project from designer Thomas Juul-Hansen, known for his many interiors commissions. His previous work includes Neil Denari's HL23 further north on the High Line, as well as Portzamparc's One57 and the penthouse at One York.
Both towers feature walls of elongated limestone masonry that frame the glass and dark metal windows. The windows are slightly rotated along the vertical axis, creating an interesting pattern on what might have otherwise been yet another monotonous wall of glass in the city. This rotation also serves to focus views of the High Line for the residents and add a little privacy from the park visitors.
Primary entry into the development is from the lobby nestled under the High Line structure. Entering off of West 19th Street through a stone clad entry portal, residents and guests are treated to a view of the High Line's structure from the large skylight in the center of the lobby. A regularly rotating collection of artwork will also adorn the space, in keeping with the Chelsea neighborhood's art gallery context. The ground floor also contains a retail space that will likely be filled by an art gallery tenant.
The project's two 10-story towers accommodate 35 residential units, beginning on the second floor of each. Eight units are located in the west tower, including six full-floor homes, one duplex townhouse, and one duplex penthouse. Second floor units include private terraces that feature the High Line's structure as a backdrop.
The project's remaining 27 units are located in the east tower, with most floors accommodating four units and penthouses on the top two floors. Penthouses on both towers feature stunning views north and south along the High Line, as well as panoramic views of Chelsea with Midtown and Lower Manhattan beyond.
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.