Construction is set to resume on The XI, with a revised completion date of “Winter 2024” posted for the stalled two-tower mixed-use project at 76 Eleventh Avenue in Chelsea. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and developed by 76 Eleventh Avenue Property Owner LLC, the twisting 26- and 36-story structures have stood topped out and unfinished since late 2019, when reports of trouble began to surface about the former developer, HFZ Capital Group. In late 2021, Steve Witkoff purchased the property in a foreclosure sale for $900 million and partnered with Access Industries and Monroe Capital, and it now appears that the project is back on track, with an updated board at the property listing Suffolk Construction Corporation as the new general contractor, replacing Omnibuild. The full-block site is located adjacent to the High Line and is bound by Tenth Avenue to the east, West Street to the west, West 17th Street to the south, and West 18th Street to the north.
The following photo is of the new construction board, with the revised info and a black-and-white aerial rendering of The XI.
The 908,250-square-foot complex will yield 235 condominiums marketed by Douglas Elliman, a 137-room Six Senses Hotel Resort Spa, 85,000 square feet of leasable commercial retail space, and a public pedestrian plaza with a new entrance to the High Line.
The walls of Travertine marble remain in place while the trapezoidal mechanical bulkhead frames wait to be clad. Scaffolding and black netting cover portions of the podium’s floor-to-ceiling glass, the reinforced concrete floors of the low-rise two-story bridges over the first floor remain exposed, and the pedestrian plaza and retail space facing Tenth Avenue sits behind sidewalk barriers and metal fencing.
Construction is reportedly set to resume in early 2022.
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Construction must be completed, most of them are seen in the shape of buildings. Don’t stop here with a unique development, so twisting and tilting is the best design: Thanks to Michael Young.
I dubb thee…
“The Leaning Towers of Chelsea”!
Fortunately all of the new signature buildings in this area aren’t very tall.
There’s no economic justification for there to be. There seems to be an anti tall building circle jerk here (not saying you specifically) but there are only a very handful of places where they are actually viable, sure some are developer greed and don’t make sense but you can’t just dismiss a building for just being tall without having a nuanced approach and looking at it at a case by case basis.
Agreed. I’m not a fan AT ALL of the leaning/twisted look. I think they look absurd, and may age, design-wise, horribly.
These weird designs triple the construction costs.
I’m glad to see this project resume. I really like these two!
Nausea inducing. Egoism isn’t a design value. Take this crap to Shanghai. What a waste of effort and energy. Doesn’t anyone care about beauty? Symmetry is sublime. What verb can we use? Vulgarization, blandinization? Poor old Manhattan. Well, I guess it’s appropriate for our debased era.
I’m on record for liking how 10 & 30 Hudson Yards appear to fall away for each other—like two ballroom dancers! And Manhattan West 1 & 2 also give this illusion! But these two seem to be leaning (or falling) towards each other—slightly disconcerting for those old enough to remember…. (Sixth picture shows Hudson Yards vs XI, out-leaning vs in-leaning.) They’re obviously nice buildings—it’s just an aesthetic thing! ↔️👍
What an unappealing eyesore, a building designed simply to show off.
Yeah they put two towers that took like if they are falling not to far off from the WTC. Great idea
This building is too tall for the area. You CAN dismiss a building for its height when it towers over neighboring buildings and blocks thousands of apartment views in the sight line. They could have stopped at 26… This building was bloated from the start and doomed to fail. It’s obnoxious and follows in the eyesores on Park Ave South. Good luck to the new owners recouping the $900 million they paid in the foreclosure