Thomas Heatherwick’s First Residential Building in Manhattan Tops Out Above the High Line at 511-525 West 18th Street, in Chelsea

Thomas Heatherwick's 515 West 18th Street. Photo by Related Companies

Thomas Heatherwick’s first residential project located at 511-525 West 18th Street is starting to take shape above Chelsea. When walking north on the High Line from Chelsea Market directly past Bjarke Ingels twisting residential towers dubbed “The XI,” Heatherwick’s pair of buildings will soon show off their sculptural windows on both sides of the High Line, which splits the project site down the middle. The site is being developed by Related Companies, the same firm behind Hudson Yards at the tip of the High Line’s third phase.

The first residential tower has reached the tenth and final floor on the eastern side of the High Line.

511-525 West 18th Street from the High Line. The short 10-story building has topped out. Photo by Michael Young

511-525 West 18th Street’s upper floors with the backdrop of Related’s Hudson Yards development. Photo by Michael Young

Heatherwick’s towers, rising 10 and 22 stories, are positioned by the start of the longest linear stretch of the High Line. Connecting Phase I and Phase II, visitors would pass between the light brick facade and and bubble-shaped windows and begin walking up the avenue of eye-catching buildings designed by some of the biggest names in architecture like the late Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, and more.

The northern side of the 10-story tower at 511-525 West 18th Street. Photo by Michael Young.

Close up of the floors that have been formed to fit Heatherwick’s signature windows for 511-525 West 18th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Foundation pours for the eastern and shortest residential tower began back in late July. Since then, it has ascended above ground with vigor. The concrete floors seen today are beginning to show the curved corners that will soon hold in place the signature windows on all sides of each building.

Foundation work on the opposite and tallest tower is underway as well. Retail and gallery space will connect the pair underneath the High Line and span 17,000 square feet. That component will only be accessible from street level.

Foundation work for the 22-story residential tower on the western side of the high line. Photo by Michael Young

Amenities for the 181 residential units will include a fitness center and spa, an entertainment room, residential lounges, and parking for 175 vehicles.

511-525 West 18th Street is expected to be completed around mid-2020.

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5 Comments on "Thomas Heatherwick’s First Residential Building in Manhattan Tops Out Above the High Line at 511-525 West 18th Street, in Chelsea"

  1. The bubble windows are silly.

  2. Pardon me for using your space: The rum barrel design should compliment the winos the neighborhood.

  3. havent we seen this before? I mean it is The Butterfield House on roids really (37 W 12th). Regardless, handsome building. Too bad nobody is buying on the highline anymore. Best of luck.

  4. Please pardon me for using your space: Thanks to Michael Young – thank you – thank you very much. I allied to you on progress and I agree with above on copy my style.

  5. Nice windows for your houseplants.

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