Chelsea has long been a center of creativity in Manhattan. Recent developments have been strongly inspired by that history. Many of the city’s most notable projects with distinctive architecture style have popped along the new High Line Park, including the Frank Gehry-design IAC Building, and Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th Street. The neighborhood’s latest impending icon is 76 Eleventh Avenue, a pair of twisting mixed-use towers under development by HFZ Capital. Construction is moving quickly for all components, and thanks to photos by Tectonic, we can see the latest progress.
76 11th Avenue
76 11th Avenue, also knows as The Eleventh, has finally started to show itself. Construction began in the Fall of 2016, and YIMBY has been following its progress closely. Running the length of 11th Avenue between 17th and 18th Street, the site is one of the largest parcels of land to be developed since the recent surge of construction started along the High Line, and the latest photos from BIG and Tectonic show that the transformative project is finally beginning its climb into the West Chelsea skyline.
Late last month, YIMBY reported that piling work was underway at the site of HFZ Capital Group’s two-towered, 35- and 25-story, mixed-use project at 76 11th Avenue in southern Chelsea. The developer had been considering whether to construct a hotel or office space within the project’s commercial component; now it has been revealed that a five-star, 137-key Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is planned. The hotel portion will be located in the 25-story eastern tower and will feature a spa. It will be the Bangkok-based hotel operator’s first location in the United States.
Piling work is now underway on the two-towered, 310-unit mixed-use complex under development at 76 Eleventh Avenue, located between West 17th and 18th streets in southern Chelsea. The site can be seen thanks to a photo posted to the YIMBY Forums. The project will consists of 25- and 35-story towers, rising 302 and 402 feet above street level, respectively. A common four-story base will feature 181,893 square feet of commercial space. It will include retail and office space, in addition to the residential amenities. The residential units, located in the towers, will be condominiums, averaging 2,258 square feet apiece. HFZ Capital Group is the developer. Bjarke Ingels Group is the design architect and Woods Bagot is the executive architect. Completion is expected in 2019.
While the far West Side has its fair share of mega-projects, the scale of development in lower West Chelsea and the Meatpacking District is generally more subdued. The one major exception to that rule is at 76 11th Avenue, where a development team led by HFZ has an assemblage with 800,000 square feet of air rights, with plans by Bjarke Ingels Group previously revealed by YIMBY last year. Now, thanks to a tipster, we have a fresh set of images showing the fine-tuning occurring across several aspects of the design, including the retail podium and crown.