Exterior of Thomas Heatherwick’s Lantern House Nears Completion in Chelsea

Thomas Heatherwick's Lantern House. Rendering by Related Companies

Exterior work is approaching completion on Thomas Heatherwick‘s Lantern House at 515 West 18th Street in Chelsea. Developed by Related Companies with SLCE Architects as the architect of record, the ten- and 21-story reinforced concrete edifices stand on either side of the High Line and contain 181 residential units, with sales and marketing led by Related Sales LLC and Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group.

Recent photos by Tectonic from the eastern and western sides of the development show the bulbous sculpted windows and hand-laid brick masonry nearly all in place.

Lantern House. Photo by Tectonic

Lantern House. Photo by Tectonic

Lantern House. Photo by Tectonic

The only sections awaiting completion are around the ground floor and sidewalk, as well as a strip on the shorter structure where the mechanical hoist is standing. This is currently wrapped in white-colored tarp, for unclear reasons. The sidewalk scaffolding and green construction fence still surround the entire property. The glass railings for the outdoor terraces are also mostly in place.

Homes will feature one- to four-bedroom layouts and come with 10-foot-high ceilings. A number of units will come with landscaped terraces that offer views of the High Line, Cheslea, and the Midtown skyline. Prices start at $1.7 million, with amenities including a doorman, concierge service, a common courtyard and outdoor garden, a meeting room, a fitness center with spa and swimming pool, an entertainment room, residential lounges, a children’s playroom, and private parking for 175 vehicles.

YIMBY last reported that work on Lantern House is expected to be wrap up this fall.

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16 Comments on "Exterior of Thomas Heatherwick’s Lantern House Nears Completion in Chelsea"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | June 5, 2020 at 8:07 am | Reply

    Don’t let anyone know, that the buildings have been constructed in America: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. David in Bushwick | June 5, 2020 at 8:20 am | Reply

    Even the awful mixed-color brick offers no respite for the eyes…

  3. Never design a building on LSD..

  4. OneNYersOpinion | June 5, 2020 at 9:28 am | Reply

    As this looks remarkably like the plastic/foil strips used in the packaging of over-the-counter pharmaceutical dosage, I declare this “The Vicodin Building”.

  5. The actual structure (in an odd way) does give off a somewhat industrial vibe that the rendering did not. I’m warming up to it now.

  6. Riding by it yesterday on my bike it reminds me of an industrial complex or a bunch of pickle bottles on a supermarket shelf. Hopefully some trees are in the plan?

  7. “Beer Barrel Chelsea” ?

  8. Joe the fat guy | June 5, 2020 at 11:46 am | Reply

    Reminds me of the Union Carbide plant my uncle used to work at. I think they made methyl tert-butyl ether and other low molecular weight hydrocarbons. Although that was in West Virginia, not Chelsea.

  9. Rendering vs. Reality *sigh*

  10. I would not want to be employed in the long-term exterior maintenance of these buildings. Window-washing alone!

  11. Frederick H Hecker | June 6, 2020 at 1:14 pm | Reply

    Extreme architectural vandalism – this monstrosity is jammed up against Bjake Engel’s handsome XI project so tightly that both become a single light-blocking blob of dense real estate greed, painful to the eye and an affront to the idea of a human-scaled City.

  12. Will Heatherwick never stop inflicting these godawful designs on us? First the Great Schwarma of Hudson Yards, now the Chelsea Blister Pack.

  13. Frederick H Hecker | June 11, 2020 at 12:16 pm | Reply

    Monstrous disregard of the actual site is attested to in the renderings which omit the neighboring BIGs XI complex completely. This is architectural vandalism, perpetrated on the city for the sake of greed.

  14. Well it will sell. Over a mil for a studio. It geta bwttwr.

    170 plus parking spots at 500 a piece. 85000 pure profit. Save the attendant and cameras. 1 million in rev from a garage.

    And the windows. Wtf. Odd shaping but as someone else mentioned alot of the walkers will be toasted like avocados. Nicw sight to chill past.

  15. I wonder what the old buildings were. A 1930s bra maker? A 1895 printer with plates?

    Destroy an old world smoke filled camel girl building for dog massagers in a weird color building.

    Ah nyc.

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