Construction is complete on FÖRENA, a 12-story residential building at 540 Sixth Avenue in Chelsea. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects and developed by Landsea Homes and DNA Development, the 80,000-square-foot structure contains 50 condominium units in one- to three-bedroom layouts with pricing starting at $1.575 million, and ground-floor retail space. Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes of The Eklund Gomes Team and The Tuinstra-Davis Team at Douglas Elliman are leading sales and marketing for the property, which was built by Ryder Construction at the corner of West 14th Street and Sixth Avenue on the border with Greenwich Village.
All of the remaining windows, metal grilles, and dark mullions have been installed along the ground-floor retail frontage since our last update in March, when much of this work was outstanding. Barricades and fencing still surround the property as infrastructure upgrades to the adjacent subway station continue to finish up.
Work is also complete on the light gray brickwork, which was supplied by Belden Tri-State Building Materials.
The brick-clad main volume culminates in a pair of cascading setbacks lined with railings for private outdoor terraces. Above, the building employs a structurally expressive façade composed of gray aluminum paneling framing a grid of recessed windows, with a post-and-lintel opening at the southwest corner. Mechanical bulkheads clad in metal grilles cap the structure.
The project also involves upgrades to the 14th Street subway station below street level, servicing the F, M, and L trains. This station provides underground access to the 1, 2, and 3 trains along Seventh Avenue. The PATH trains to New Jersey are also accessible from the subway entrance directly at the corner of the property.
Residences at FÖRENA feature 13-foot ceiling spans, oversized windows, open kitchen layouts with a complete Miele appliance package, Calacatta Regina marble slab countertops and backsplashes, and lacquered Italian cabinetry hand finished by artisans outside of Venice. Bathrooms are lined with Calacatta Regina di Montagna D’Argento marble and a custom-designed oak vanity with brushed nickel fixtures and oil-rubbed bronze accents.
Residential amenities include a fitness center with Technogym equipment, a residential lounge and kitchen equipped with secured private aperitif lockers, a Zen garden courtyard, a bike room, extra storage space available for purchase, and a communal rooftop terrace with outdoor dining and a kitchen with a gas grill. This space will provide residents with panoramic views over Chelsea and Greenwich Village, as well as the Lower Manhattan skyline to the south.