Construction Update: 505 West 19th Street

505 West 19th Street -- eastern foundation

Excavation work is now complete at 505 West 19th Street, which HFZ Capital is developing. The site will soon house a pair of High Line-straddling buildings, which will be linked by a one-story connection underneath the elevated park, and the project’s architects are Thomas Juul Hansen and Goldstein Hill & West.

The site has come a significant way since last August, when excavation was just beginning. Both components will stand ten stories tall, and Curbed recently posted a series of renderings for the site, which also came with the information that the western tower will only have eight residences, compared to 27 inside its eastern counterpart. Permits indicate the entirety of the development will measure 100,480 square feet, with ground-floor commercial taking up 7,839 square feet of the total.

505 West 19th Street

505 West 19th Street, rendering via Thomas Juul Hansen

Per the official website, the project’s exterior “recalls the elegance of classic modernism while respecting the visual language and history of The High Line,” and the towers “rise up and seem to float above the refined glass and dark metal podium.”

505 West 19th Street

505 West 19th Street — western foundation

The description looks to be spot-on, though the final product will ultimately tell the tale; given the price-point of approximately $2,500 per square foot, 505 West 19th Street’s ultimate appearance should not disappoint.

Thomas Juul Hansen’s work on the project further cements the notion that buildings along The High Line are trending towards a more conservative take on contemporary architecture, as other developments like Sherwood’s 500 West 21st Street and the Tamarkin-designed 508 West 24th Street are also part of the collective ‘throwback’ movement.

505 West 19th Street

505 West 19th Street

Completion of 505 West 19th Street is expected in 2015.

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Posted in 505 West 19th Street | Architecture | Chelsea | Construction Update | HFZ Capital | New York | Residential | The High Line | Thomas Juul Hansen

Permits Filed: 55 West 17th Street

55 West 17th Street

The first permits are up for a new development at 55 West 17th Street, which Toll Brothers City Living is developing; The Real Deal reported on the site’s sale last October, when it was bought for $68.5 million. Morris Adjmi is listed as the architect of record.

Despite the lack of drawings or renderings, the filings give the first detailed look at what will likely house a host of high-end condominiums; the development’s total scope is 91,714 square feet, which includes 5,231 square feet of ground-level retail. The remaining 86,483 square feet will be split between 55 residences, averaging nearly 1,600 square feet apiece.

Toll Brothers has a penchant for high-end design, and the company’s current roster of projects includes Portzamparc’s fantastical ‘fortress of glassitude’ at 400 Park Avenue South, as well as the more traditional 1110 Park Avenue, designed by Barry Rice. Adjmi’s past designs have proven appealing to a high-end clientele, explaining the architect’s involvement at 55 West 17th Street, which will likely target the boutique luxury segment of the market.

55 West 17th Street will rise nineteen floors, and stand 200 feet in total; the Schedule A has additional specifics. The second and third levels will have six units each, with the number of residences per floor shrinking as the tower rises; duplexes begin on the 13th story, the 17th floor will be occupied by a single unit, and the penthouse will span the entirety of the top two levels.

55 West 17th Street

55 West 17th Street

No completion date has been announced, but the market in the neighborhood is increasingly lucrative; Walker Tower is located two blocks to the west, and that development has set astronomical price milestones. Given the demand for units in the vicinity — and the fact that demolition permits for the existing six-story building on-site were filed and approved in February — construction appears to be imminent.

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Vision: VIVO on The High Line

VIVO on The High Line, image via NBRS/Metropolis Mag

Metropolis Magazine’s Living Cities competition has resulted in several interesting concepts, and yesterday, Curbed reported on AMLGM’s scheme for a mass of tubular towers over Queens. Another winning entry from the competition is NBRS + Partners’ vision for a development along The High Line, situated on the site now occupied by Related’s 500 West 30th Street.

VIVO on The High Line

VIVO on The High Line, image via NBRS/Metropolis Mag

NBRS’ page on the project gives a detailed overview of the intentions and ideas behind the structure’s design. Perhaps the most important take-away is the building’s versatility, as the ”expressive steel structure solution permits agility,” which “allows for flexible internal space planning, future proofing the base building against the pressures of demography, market and demand.”

Introducing the concept of ‘future-proofing’ is especially pertinent to the renewed debate regarding landmarking in Manhattan, as the vast majority of the city’s current building stock was not built with the distant future in mind, which is resulting in a myriad of issues across the region.

VIVO on The High Line

VIVO on The High Line, image via NBRS/Metropolis Mag

Designing structures that are meant to last forever should be considered and encouraged, as the vast majority of New York’s current stock was built for profit, not permanence. VIVO hits on this idea with the versatility of the tower’s exoskeleton, as the interiors can be transformed to accommodate any number of uses.

Besides the adaptability of NBRS’ vision, the building would also integrate The High Line, presenting an idea that has been touched upon but never fully embraced by developments adjacent to the park. Related’s towers at the Hudson Yards represent a step forward — with The High Line set to become an integral aspect of 10 Hudson Yards‘ lobby — but VIVO takes the park to the next level, pushing its ”vitality vertically to reach the New York skyline some 40 stories above.”

VIVO on The High Line

VIVO on The High Line, image via NBRS/Metropolis Mag

The vision for VIVO offers a forward-thinking take on vertical living that will hopefully be emulated in other sites, adjacent to The High Line or otherwise — and while 500 West 30th Street is now home to the Robert A.M. Stern-designed ‘Abington,’ opportunities for projects that truly push the envelope along The High Line remain.

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Construction Update: 560 West 24th Street

560 West 24th Street

Construction is making headway at 560 West 24th Street — aka the NY Art Residences — which Tavros Capital is developing. The architect of record is Montroy Andersen DeMarco. While on-site signage indicates the address is 560 West 24th, permits are actually filed under a different bin — separate from the Sky Garage — at 552 West 24th Street.

560 West 24th Street

560 West 24th Street — image from the official website

Renderings were posted with the signage, and the concept is promising; 560 West 24th Street is the second structure on its block to offer a contemporary take on classic design, though the final product at the Tavros site — clad in limestone — will be a significant departure from its cast-concrete cousin at 508 West 24th Street. Despite the difference in facades, both sites will appeal to a similar ultra-high-end buyer, and Curbed posted an in-depth look inside the NY Art Residences following the sales launch.

560 West 24th Street

560 West 24th Street

560 West 24th Street will have eight units in total, with residences averaging over 3,500 square feet apiece. The ground floor will have an art gallery, with each floor above housing a single condominium; there will be two duplexes atop the structure, and its roof will stand 137 feet above the street. With eleven stories in total, ceiling heights will be generous, and floor-plans will be more than spacious.

560 West 24th Street

560 West 24th Street

The Art Residences will continue the trend towards super-luxury development in the lower West 20s, where starchitect brands have been yielding to subtle yet equally appealing creations by lesser-known architects. Completion is expected this November.

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Construction Update: 500 West 21st Street

500 West 21st Street

While the never-ending winter seemed to result in a slow-down of construction along The High Line, spring is finally here — and work is speeding up on several projects lining the elevated park, including Sherwood‘s new building at 500 West 21st Street. The architect of record is Kohn Pederson Fox.

Sherwood issued a press release last week, announcing the development’s foundation work had been completed; a site visit this weekend confirmed verticality, and the structure is now rising above ground level.

500 West 21st Street

500 West 21st Street, Image from McAuley Digital via The New York Times

Per Sherwood’s CEO Jeffrey Katz, 500 West 21st Street will aid in “creating an urban sanctuary that extends the peacefulness and natural beauty of the High Line.”

Units will average 2,500 square feet apiece, with 32 in total; given the generous square footage of residences, peacefulness will be relatively easy to come by at 500 West 21st Street. The structure will also include 11,636 square feet of ground-level commercial space, and permits on-file with the DOB have the full rundown.

500 West 21st Street

500 West 21st Street

Aesthetically, KPF’s design for the project is a decided departure from the firm’s typical aesthetic; just to the north, KPF is also the architect of Related’s first two office towers at the Hudson Yards, which will be completely unlike 500 West 21st Street. Paul Katz of KPF described the project’s appearance in the aforementioned press release, noting that the ”stone-and-metal grid surrounding enormous industrial windows [will] impart a look of distinction that is fully compatible with the building’s urban setting.”

While a 2014 completion date had previously been announced, it appears that 2015 would be a more likely target; regardless, construction is well underway.

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Permits Filed: 525 West 27th Street

The current building at 526 West 28th Street, via Google Maps

The first permits are up for a new development at 525 West 27th Street, which is a block-through lot in West Chelsea, just to the west of The High Line; The Real Deal reported on the site’s sale last August, when it was bought by Centaur Properties for $45 million. The architect of record is SBLM, though no renderings of the planned design have been released.

While The Real Deal’s report indicated the site could accommodate up to 144,000 square feet of new real estate, the permits reveal something slightly smaller at the moment, with the entirety of the project set to measure 96,162 square feet. The development will be mixed-use, and split between north and south buildings, which makes sense given the lot spans through to an additional address at 526 West 28th Street.

In terms of scope, the commercial component will measure 3,500 square feet, which will be split between ground-floor retail as well as office space on the south building’s second level; there will also be an automated parking garage in the basement. The remainder of the space — totaling 92,662 square feet — will be divided between 36 residences. 525 West 27th Street will stand ten stories tall, while its counterpart facing 28th Street will rise eleven floors and 135 feet to its roof

Residences will average over 2,500 square feet, and it seems likely that the development will be condominiums, given the large size of units; even for West Chelsea, where boutique projects are sprouting everywhere, the floor-plans at 525 West 27th Street will be impressively spacious. Additional details are revealed in the Schedule A.

The site was formerly occupied by The Pink Elephant, and demolition permits for the old building were approved on January 17th. Per The Real Deal, a gas station used to be located on the property, so actual construction will have to come after remediation; no completion date has been announced.

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Permits Filed: 520 West 30th Street

The site for 520 West 30th Street as of last summer

As work wraps up on Related‘s 500 West 30th Street, the company’s plans for another residential building on the same block have just been filed with the Department of Buildings; the latest permits indicate construction is about to begin at 520 West 30th Street. The new tower will be directly across The High Line from ‘Abington House,’ and the architect of record is Ismael Leyva.

The site of 520 West 30th Street already has another structure that was just recently completed, at 529 West 29th Street, and the lot spans the width of the entire block; the two buildings will be located across from one another, though 520 West 30th will be a marked departure from its all-affordable neighbor. Price-wise, it will likely be similar to 500 West 30th Street.

520 West 30th Street

The neighboring 529 West 29th Street

Permits for 520 West 30th Street indicate that the tower will stand 28 stories and 354 feet tall, which should translate into relatively generous ceiling heights. The building will measure 207,334 square feet, with 11,725 square feet to be set aside for commercial use; the remainder of the development’s square footage will be divided between 174 residences.

520 West 30th Street

Sneaky cameo of 520 West 30th Street, image via Related/Visualhouse

While no formal renderings of 520 West 30th Street have been unveiled, the project does make a cameo in Related’s most recent set of images for the Hudson Yards; the building is nestled between The Ohm and 500 West 30th Street in the above picture, and the glimpse of the skyscraper’s architecture reveals a standard Leyva design, which includes a small glassy crown above the bulk of the tower.

No completion date for 520 West 30th Street has been announced, but given the surge in activity across 30th Street — as work on the Hudson Yards begins to accelerate — construction is likely imminent.

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Posted in 500 West 30th | 520 West 30th Street | 529 West 29th Street | Architecture | Construction Update | Hudson Yards | Ismael Leyva | Midtown | New York | Related | Residential | The High Line

Permits Filed: 221 West 29th Street

221 West 29th Street -- image via Google Maps

Fresh permits are up for a 20-story building at 221 West 29th Street, revealing a change of plans; the latest round of filings indicate that the tower will stand 20 floors. Previously, BuzzBuzzHome reported that the project would only rise 15 stories, per a plan exam from January. The architect of record is Goldstein Hill & West, while Ironstate is developing the site.

The latest filings come with no additional information, but the previous permits indicated the site would have 67 units, spanning approximately 67,000 square feet. 221 West 29th Street will also include a commercial component of 463 square feet on the ground floor.

West 29th Street is slightly removed from the NoMAD development boom, though the project’s location — in West Chelsea, but still close to NoMAD — puts it in a prime position to take advantage of spillover from office buildings rising at the Hudson Yards. One block south, HAP is planning a double-cantilevered tower, at 215 West 28th Street. Whether Ironstate’s tower has a similar aesthetic remains to be seen, but Goldstein Hill & West tend towards conservative designs, so something contextual is likely.

As the initial filings for 221 West 29th Street were disapproved, the new permits make sense, though whether Ironstate has secured additional air rights to account for the height increase remains to be seen. No completion date has been announced.

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Construction Update: 559 West 23rd Street

559 West 23rd Street

Construction is progressing at 559 West 23rd Street, where a new 13-story and 8-unit building is rising. Work resumed at the site late last year, after plans conceived back in 2006 ended up stalling; NBO4 Architects is designing, and while the developer is officially ‘NY8 Properties LLC,’ permits indicate NBO4 is building the project, as well.

559 West 23rd Street

559 West 23rd Street

An on-site rendering reveals the tower’s design; creativity is limited  by the lot’s narrow width. As is typical with new sliver buildings, the structure’s street-wall will match those of its neighbors, patching one of the few remaining holes along West 23rd Street. West Chelsea’s main thoroughfare will soon be completely built-out; it won’t be long before all lots along ‘lesser’ streets are also developed, as price pressure on the neighborhood is increasingly extreme.

Permits from back in 2002 are another indicator of the turmoil 559 West 23rd Street has faced; back then, Kaufman was the architect of record. Certainly, 559 West 23rd Street will be on the smaller side for new construction in Chelsea, with only eight units in total.

Completion of 559 West 23rd Street is expected in the spring of 2015.

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Revived: 17 West 24th Street

17 West 24th Street -- image via Google Maps

Plans for an 18-story hotel at 17 West 24th Street are evidently making progress, after demolition permits for the site’s existing structure were filed last week. Previous filings from 2012 indicated that Kaufman would be the project’s architect, and Suzuki Capital LLC is developing the project.

While much of Chelsea’s nicer pre-war stock is getting demolished, this won’t be the case at 17 West 24th Street; the current/former building is a five-story tenement with a salmon-toned facade, and its removal will be no great loss to the neighborhood. Indeed, the latest Kaufman addition may actually be an improvement — which speaks to how quickly West 24th Street is developing, and the fact that so many derelict and under-utilized sites remain.

Permits for the new hotel were rejected after the initial filing two years ago; the small scope of 17 West 24th Street limits what any developer can build, because the lot is so narrow.

Eventual plans are likely to be similar to Kaufman’s initial design, which would have had 68 rooms spread over 18 floors, and contained 25,000 square feet in total. That would likely place the development in the ’boutique’ category, which would be a natural fit for the building’s increasingly upscale NoMAD surroundings. No completion date has been announced.

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Posted in 17 West 24th Street | Architecture | Chelsea | Construction Update | Hotel | Kaufman | Midtown | New York | Suzuki Capital LLC

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