BIG’s Second Twisting Tower for “The XI” Begins Rapid Ascent Above The High Line in Chelsea, at 76 Eleventh Avenue

The XI, rendering from TheXI.comThe XI, rendering from

Since its first tower topped-out, The XI has been making steady progress, and now the project’s second residential building is starting to rise adjacent to The High Line. Designed using the same architectural language, the second tower’s twisting profile will compliment its larger sibling directly to the west. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, developed by HFZ Capital, and built by Omnibuild, the XI is located at 76 11th Avenue and is one of the newest additions to come to Chelsea’s High Line corridor.

Recent photos show the progress on the second tower, which should reach its halfway point in the coming weeks.

The second tower looking south with both towers under construction. Photo by Michael Young

The twisting profile is already noticeable, and defined by the sloped columns. The site sits directly across from Thomas Heatherwick’s first New York City residential project at 515 West 18th Street, which is also under construction, and composed of two architecturally identical exteriors.

The XI seen from the High Line. Photo by Michael Young

The view looks more dramatic looking north.

Looking up from the High Line. The second tower looking south. Both towers under construction. Photo by Michael Young

The 402-foot and 300-foot tall towers of the XI will yield 908,250 square feet. There will be 181,890 square feet of commercial space on the bottom four floors, topped by 576,550 square feet of residential space divided amongst 236 condominiums, averaging 2,300 square feet apiece. A 137-room Six Senses Hotels will also occupy the entire 26-story eastern tower, currently rising.


Both towers under construction. Photo by Michael Young

The XI is one of the largest projects to rise along the High Line in recent years, and is certainly the tallest new building in or adjacent to The Meatpacking District. The twisting towers will make a big impact on the skyline for spectators walking along the elevated promenade, or viewed from Hoboken. The unique profile allows for expansive views of Manhattan for all residents, and also provides a new icon for the High Line. Views of Hudson Yards, Midtown and the Lower Manhattan skyline can be seen from the upper floors.

Completion currently looks likely by 2020.

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4 Comments on "BIG’s Second Twisting Tower for “The XI” Begins Rapid Ascent Above The High Line in Chelsea, at 76 Eleventh Avenue"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: To manage from design to its under construction I just viewed to get progress in time. It’s manageable. (Thanks to Michael Young)

  2. The canyonization of the High Line proceeds apace …

  3. The “Chubby Checker’

  4. A cheap trick, and an awkward presence– this expressionist stage-set, tilted-twisted building thing. An unsightly cliché. Please, no more of this sort of building in NYC. Do give this tired trope a rest! To all sensationalist hacks out there: Please retire this little number from your formal repertoire.

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