Exterior work is nearing completion on Lantern House, a pair of residential buildings straddling the High Line at 515 West 18th Street in Chelsea. Developed by Related Companies and designed by Thomas Heatherwick with SLCE Architects as the architect of record, the ten- and 21-story structures yield a total of 181 residential units with sales and marketing led by Related Sales LLC and Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. Lantern House is bound by Tenth Avenue the east, West 18th Street to the south, West 19th Street to the north, and Frank Gehry’s IAC Building immediately to the west.
Recent photos reveal that all of the signature sculptural bay windows are now in place on both buildings, with the southeast corner of the taller structure filled in since our last update in October.
The building offers a number of pleasing contrasts, including the juxtaposition of the angular bronze mullions of the windows with the smooth curving brickwork. The choice of materials makes the structure stand out especially in the warm glow of golden hour lighting, as shown in the below images. Some of the window panels are still coated in protective film, which should be removed imminently.
Meanwhile, the ground floor and sidewalk around the southern elevation of the shorter sibling have opened up and its ground-floor windows are now adorned with renderings of the project. More information about the upcoming ground-floor retail space and additional renderings of Lantern House are seen across the rest of the first-floor frontage. One interesting moment in the design is how it elegantly curves around the supporting columns that hold up the High Line on the northern side of the property.
Homes in Lantern House are designed by March & White and come in one- to four-bedroom layouts with an average of ten-foot, nine-inch high ceilings. A number of residential units have outdoor landscaped terraces that offer expansive views of the High Line, Chelsea, Hudson Yards, and the rest of the Midtown skyline. Prices for the homes 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.
Lantern House should be fully completed before spring.