The Cortland’s Red Brick Façade Continues Progress at 555 West 22nd Street in West Chelsea, Manhattan

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

Exterior work is continuing to shape up on The Cortland, a 26-story condominium building at 555 West 22nd Street in West Chelsea. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects and developed by Related Companies with SLCE Architects as the architect of record, the nearly 300-foot-tall, 250,000-square-foot project will yield 141 units, averaging around 2,245 square feet apiece. The building is located along West Street and the Hudson River waterfront between West 22nd and West 23rd Streets.

Recent photos show the degree of progress that has occurred on the façade since our last update in June, when the red brick only enclosed three levels of the podium. Now the masonry assembly has reached the final floors and glows warm in the golden-hour sunlight. The main western profile facing the Hudson River has a symmetrical elevation, and a growing number of floor-to-ceilings windows have been installed on it between the varying red brick walls, which are laid in an English bond pattern.

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

Some of the bricks are diagonally rotated and laid in such a way that the corners of the header and stretcher point outward, creating the appearance of fluted columns from afar. This is best seen early or late in the day when the shadows are at their longest. Another textural pattern in the façade involves singular bricks that slightly protrude from the flat surface in a staggered array that resembles Polka dots.

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The first few floors are finished with large white stone blocks that contrast nicely with the red brick above.

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

Bay windows are scattered across various parts of the envelope, with the widest and largest located on the northern profile facing West 23rd Street.

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

Multiple setbacks are found throughout the building’s uppermost section, with some to become private outdoor terraces for a select number of residences.

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

The Cortland. Photo by Michael Young

Few details have been revealed regarding the interiors, though YIMBY last reported the proposed amenities include a residential lounge, an event room, a game center, a business center, a fitness center, a basement pool with lockers, bicycle storage, and a dog spa.

The Cortland looks like it could be finished toward the very end of 2021, or early 2022 at the latest.

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17 Comments on "The Cortland’s Red Brick Façade Continues Progress at 555 West 22nd Street in West Chelsea, Manhattan"

  1. There are red brick buildings, and then there is a Robert Stern red brick building..”the genius is in the details”

  2. That’s some lovely brickwork

  3. I am oit of state and I would like to return to New York…How can I apply for some of these properties. I am also interested in properties that you have in Yonkers New York..

  4. This is a lovely building with what I’m sure will prove to be extremely nice apartments for very wealthy people.

  5. Absolutely stunning, as typical of RAMSA.

  6. Nice building but looks out of place in west chelsea where its surrounded by more modern and experimental newer builds. Love RAMSAs work but its becoming a bit cliche and formulaic for developers to buy land and hire him for a generic building regardless of context

  7. David : Sent From Heaven. | January 20, 2021 at 9:43 pm | Reply

    All of your details on development I wanted, and at least that was how I felt; it attracted to me: Thanks to New York YIMBY.

  8. Efflorescence is the bane of modern brickwork and there’s plenty evident on this project. The contractor has a good deal of remedial work to do before those temporary cradles are removed.

    • Learned a new word, thank you..have to hope that if Related cared enough to hire Stern, they’ll do the right thing with their efflorescence problem.

  9. Wonderful detail and a big plus for that neighborhood

  10. True, there are many interesting and more daring examples of modern architecture along the High Line, but a couple of blocks from the Cortland we also find remarkable large red brick complexes like London Terraces and the General Theological Seminary campus, which make this refined RAMSA building perfectly at home in Chelsea. What an instant classic!

  11. Love the red brick! So refreshing NOT to see all glass.

  12. Wow…redbrick…beautiful

  13. Imelda Pebenito | January 22, 2021 at 2:23 am | Reply

    I want to return to NYC. I want an application please mail it to me at 23817 Cahuilla Court Corona Ca 92883

  14. Howard Glenn Maurer | January 22, 2021 at 4:46 pm | Reply

    A quality BRICK building. Thank you Robert A.M. Stern and Related Companies!

  15. Please send me an application for a two-bedroom affordable apartment by email
    Thanks

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