Façade Work on Bjarke Ingels’ The XI Temporarily On Hold in Chelsea

The XI. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group.

YIMBY’s Turkey Week update of stalled projects continues with The XI, a twisting pair of 26- and 36-story residential structures at 76 Eleventh Avenue in Chelsea. Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group and developed by HFZ Capital Group, façade installation work appears to be on hold for the moment at the site, which is located on the western side of the High Line. Among the tallest buildings to rise along the Hudson River, the 908,250-square-foot two-tower design will yield 236 condominiums and a 137-room Six Senses Hotel Resort Spa, the brand’s first location in the United States. YIMBY last reported that Omnibuild is in charge of the construction and Douglas Elliman is handling sales and marketing.

The XI’s leaning, twisting profiles make a profound impact on the waterfront skyline. Though not nearly as tall as the structures in Related Companies’ multi-acre Hudson Yards complex, the development still carves out a distinctive presence among a neighborhood full of projects from high-profile architects including Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel. The following photograph best illustrates this comparison.

The XI rising in the foreground and against the backdrop of Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

Work on the exterior of the taller of the two superstructures has progressed the furthest, with most of the envelope facing the Hudson River and toward Lower Manhattan complete.

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The development will yield 236 homes, with 87 units designed by Gilles & Boissier and 149 residences fitted with interiors by Gabellini Sheppard. Prices range between $2,575,000 to $14,500,000.

No revised construction timetable or completion date has been announced.

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11 Comments on "Façade Work on Bjarke Ingels’ The XI Temporarily On Hold in Chelsea"

  1. On hold? Really? Well, that is kind of unfortunate. I quite like The XI…

  2. David in Bushwick | November 26, 2020 at 10:09 am | Reply

    “façade installation work appears to be on hold”
    Could it be because it leaks?
    I really want to like this project, but it seems the Highline corridor fancies itself as the new London cluster of goofball design.

  3. I knew I saw these buildings before. It was during a bad dream that I had.

  4. Have a great Thanksgiving everybody!

  5. Fortune builder | November 27, 2020 at 9:21 am | Reply

    Stone panels delaminating

  6. Mr. Galikanokus | November 27, 2020 at 5:33 pm | Reply

    Well, I am just shocked that this HFZ project is on hold…..said no one ever. You gotta love HFZ – their incompetence (see: The Bryant) and corruption (see: John Simonlacaj) know no boundaries. There’s a decent chance they don’t finish this job at all and it gets foreclosed on.

  7. I didn’t know Disney was building in the Hudson Yards.

  8. I live Part time on W 23 St. I’ve watched all these new buildings going up along the Highline. This one, while dramatic with its twisting turning just so overwhelms the others at 36 Stories. I never understood why they could build so much bulk there?
    As for the Highline, who’d have thought it would have been reduced to a walkway overshadowed by buildings so close you know what their residents are having for dinner! The only natural light left for the masses of visitors is at corners when the street breaks up real estate tour.

  9. It always felt that there was a problem with those. It’s been almost 2 years and they are not finished. At first I thought there was a measurement problem . That never improved.
    It seems now that it’s something far more serious.
    They missed their window (pun) of opportunity to sell.
    Market completely changed in the meantime.
    Overpriced now, and unfinished.

  10. You never posted my comments….

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