Construction is now complete on Lantern House, a pair of residential buildings straddling the High Line at 515 West 18th Street in Chelsea. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick with SLCE Architects as the architect of record and developed by Related Companies, the 10- and 22-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.
YIMBY had the pleasure of documenting and photographing the rise of Lantern House and the installation of its signature sculptural windows over the past several years. The imagery of the High Line running directly through the middle of the site and bringing its elevated stretch of greenery over the streets of Chelsea between the two edifices is now fully realized as the trees have grown out their leaves.
The main entrance is located on the southern end of the property, where hexagonal stone tiles line the floors leading to the front doors and leave space for adjacent garden beds. A sweeping roofline tops the floor-to-ceiling glass on the first floor and elegantly joins the buildings.
The first floor on the northern and southern sides of the shorter eastern portion of Lantern House is home to retail space, with the majority of the frontage along Tenth Avenue.
The homes in Lantern House have been designed by March & White and range from one- to four-bedroom layouts with an average of 10-foot, 9-inch-high ceilings. A number of the residential units come with outdoor landscaped terraces that offer expansive views of the High Line, Chelsea, Hudson Yards, and the rest of the Midtown skyline. YIMBY last reported that prices for the homes start at $1.95 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.