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.
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.
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.
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.