Isay Weinfeld’s Jardim Condominium Rises to Street Level Along the High Line

Posted On Thu, December 31, 2015 By

Posted On Thu, December 31, 2015 By In Architecture, Chelsea, condos, New Developments, Starchitecture

Foundation work for Isay Weinfeld‘s Jardim condominium is finally wrapping up and portions of the Chelsea development are now climbing to street level. Rising from the swampy banks of a bygone stream, the mid-block site at 525 West 27th Street is giving way to a set of two 11-story condo buildings encasing an elevated garden oasis. A partnership between Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group is responsible for the 95,000 square-foot complex; they purchased the site formerly occupied by the Pink Elephant nightclub in 2014 for $45 million.

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Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th Street rises adjacent to Jardim’s construction site.

Zaha Hadid’s sinuous 520 West 28th Street is under construction next door, AVA High Line is across the street, and GF55’s similarly twinned +Art complex lies just to the west.

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The $62 million development is the Brazilian architect’s first foray into New York’s ever-globalizing design world. Here, Weinfeld utilizes his rational modern sensibilities that typically yield clean, light, and airy forms, and manages to squeeze them into this spatially tight and regulatory demanding through-block site. The resulting design of two quiet and monolithic fraternal towers is enlivened by their tactile surfaces and greenery. The complex gives passersby a bit of a cold shoulder, however, by hiding away its gardens from the public and placing a largely blank wall and private driveway at street level, likening the development to an urban-unfriendly gated community. The striking private driveway is separated from the minimalist reception lobby and ground-level garden by the means of a latticed wooden screen. The procession through the space could be likened to a decompression chamber for building residents, venturing between the concrete jungle and the more leafy one.

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Renderings courtesy of VUW Studio

The interior accents — a mix of smoked oak, marble, brass and limestone — have all been selected by Weinfeld. Elongated panoramic windows provide views of the cityscape and glimpses of the High Line. Kitchens are equipped with Gaggeneau appliances and master bathrooms feature lava stone counter tops, grooved wood vanities, and lacquered brass fixtures.

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Building amenities include a private driveway, on-site parking, landscaped gardens, an indoor skylit swimming pool, fitness center, massage room, children’s playroom, tenants’ storage, and a bicycle storage room. Completion is pegged for sometime in 2017.

Jardim, 525 West 27th Street, Centaur Properties, Greyscale Development, Isay Weinfeld, High Line architecture

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