Topping-out this past April, Studio Gang‘s Solar Carve Tower along Chelsea’s High Line is now nearing full completion as its dazzling glass facade rises above Tenth Avenue, between West 13th and 14th Streets. Located at 40 Tenth Avenue, and sitting to the immediate north of the Standard Hotel, the 10-story building will be entirely encased in glass, and constructed with reinforced concrete. The Jeanne Gang-designed structure will span 139,000 square feet in all, and is being co-developed by Aurora Capital and William Gottlieb Real Estate.
The latest progress photos from Tectonic show the curtain wall already makes a good first impression when walking north on the High Line, as the sun easily breaks through and shines upon the walkways and landscape. The intention of the designers was to ensure that enough light could penetrate and illuminate the High Line no matter the time of the day, or the building’s size.
Thanks to careful solar orientation studies carried out by the designers, the bottom half of the building pulls inward, allowing light to shine on the office’s outdoor terrace and the street below. It then tapers back again at the top, to form a striking chiseled profile, giving the building its signature look. Diamond-shaped glass is seen along the chamfered cut-outs, adding an eye-catching detail that separates those components from the regular glass panels on the east and west facades.
There will be a 10,000 square foot rooftop terrace that overlooks the Hudson River and the rest of the High Line to the north, towards Midtown. In all, there will be about 20,000 square feet of outdoor space, and eight floors will have their own private exterior spaces. 40,000 square feet of retail space will be located on street level along West 13th street, with 17-foot ceiling heights in some parts.
40 Tenth Avenue is surrounded by a number of active projects, including Pier 55, which is well underway and already making huge progress in the Hudson River. Other sites include The XI just up the High Line at 76 11th Avenue by Bjarke Ingels Group, and 515 West 18th Street, by Thomas Heatherwick Studios.
Completion of Studio Gang’s project is expected next year, sometime between early and mid 2019.