Located in the northern section of Chelsea, in between Zaha Hadid’s first residential building and the High Line stretching over West 27th Street, a series of new art galleries designed by Studio MDA founder Markus Dochantschi are nearing completion. The project will yield nearly 15,000 square feet of interior gallery space split between two single-story buildings. Dubbed “The High Line Nine,” the structures are currently under construction, and are being developed by Related.
The main entrances for both buildings will be located on West 27th Street, easily accessed from the High Line via staircases on West 28th Street. The first gallery building, now owned by Paul Kasmin and featured in the photos above and directly below, will be around 5,000 square feet and feature 22-foot high ceilings, reminiscent of a waffle slab ceiling. The structure will feature a column-free floor plan under a green roof, with twenty individual skylights for natural daylight. Zaha Hadid’s outdoor courtyard is on the other side of the back wall of Paul Kasmin gallery, acting as a decorative green wall for the private residents.
The second building, measuring about 9,900 square feet, will have a large skylight stretching the length of the European-style galleria from West 27th Street to West 28th Street. It will be angled west to catch the afternoon sunlight, and built slightly below the pedestrian walkway level of the High Line.
Completion of 505-511 West 27th Street was initially set for the end of 2017, but work is ongoing. No revised date has been announced yet, but a 2019 estimate would seem reasonable.