Façade work is nearing completion on The Cortland, a 26-story condominium building designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects at 555 West 22nd Street in West Chelsea. Developed by Related Companies with SLCE Architects as the architect of record, the nearly 300-foot-tall reinforced concrete structure will yield 141 residential units spread over 250,000 square feet, for an average of 2,245 square feet. The building rises along West Street and the Hudson River waterfront between West 22nd and West 23rd Streets.
Since our last update in May, the majority of the remaining windows have been installed and scaffolding is being dismantled from the upper floors of the structure.
With the scaffolding and netting removed from the multifaceted crown, we can see the nearly finished look of the pinnacle. There is some orange netting remaining around several of the setbacks and open-air voids, but this should be removed shortly.
The façade employs a mix of bricks with varying running bond patterns and angled arrangements that catch the sunlight in long vertical lines, and some sections with protruding bricks that dot the surface. The brickwork is broken up with thin light-colored stone stripes and dark steel spandrels lined with rivets, adding depth to the overall appearance.
On the back side of the crown facing east are some tall blank walls. Given Robert A.M. Stern’s keen sense of detail and pre-war inspired design on his other New York projects, we could possibly see some ornamental elements covering these sections.
The mechanical hoist remains attached to the northern elevation of the main building while the overall envelope is getting closer to completion.
One section seeing progress is the private residential entrance along West 22nd Street that will lead vehicles down a corridor of white stone walls, granite blocks, and red bricks to the entrance tucked away from the sidewalks.
The annex portion of the superstructure along West 23rd Street is also quickly taking shape. There were numerous scaffolding rigs hanging off the southern elevation around the metal grilles that hide the mechanical equipment and systems.
Sidewalk scaffolding still wraps around all three sides of The Cortland, but we can see the ground floor lined with windows fitted with black mullions that contrast with the white stone blocks.
YIMBY last reported the proposed residential amenities will include a private lounge, an event room, a game center, a business center, a fitness center, a basement pool with lockers, bicycle storage, and a dog spa.
No official completion date for The Cortland has been announced, though sometime in early 2022 is a good estimate.