Installation of the signature bay windows is nearing 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 straddle the High Line and yield 181 residential units. Sales and marketing are led by Related Sales LLC and Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group.
Recent photos show the state of progress at the site and the remaining external segments left to be filled in. The shorter ten-story edifice appears completely enclosed, while the taller 21-story sibling has work in progress on the southern corner. Most of the tall bay windows span two floors and disguise the actual number of levels behind the large-scale assembly of glass and brick masonry.
The sidewalks along Tenth Avenue are mostly complete with some extra work of tree planting and landscaping to be done.
The glass railings have been installed on the setbacks, which yield private outdoor terraces and will soon feature additional landscaping. The rounded brick corners are a nice touch to the design of Lantern House and complement the voluminous two-story bay windows.
Below are close-up photographs that show workers preparing for the installation of the corner enclosures for the taller structure to the west of the High Line.
The morning is the best time of the day to see the majority of Lantern House illuminated in the light.
Both buildings will feature homes with one- to four-bedroom layouts and 10-foot-high ceilings. A number of units are planned to provide landscaped terraces that offer views of the High Line, Chelsea, and the Midtown skyline. Prices start at $1.7 million, with residential 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.
It looks like work on Lantern House should fully wrap up by the end of the year.