Thomas Heatherwick designs two bubbled condo towers for Related’s High Line-straddling site
Proposed rendering of 515 West 18th Street via Related Companies
Thomas Heatherwick plans to bring more eccentricity to Manhattan’s west side with two condo towers covered in a bubbled facade and bisected by the High Line, as CityRealty reported on Wednesday. The straddling pair at 515 West 18th Street, currently known as the Hudson Residences in conjunction with another Robert A.M. Stern-designed tower planned for West 22nd Street, will contain 181 condos split between a 10-floor east tower and a 22-floor west tower. The development spans 425,000 square feet and will include 17,000 square feet of retail and gallery space, as well as 175 parking spots.
Proposed rendering via David Chipperfield Architects/ Related Companies
The project’s developer, Related Companies, first purchased the site in 2014 for a then-record of $205 million. Executive architects SLCE filed construction permits in late 2016, which are now approved. The buildings anchor the western side of Tenth Avenue between 18th and 20th Street in Chelsea.
Related plans to build to the maximum allowable floor area, nearly bursting its bubbled exterior. The bulging, rounded-out windows will give residents a unique perspective of the popular High Line walkway below and of the nearby Hudson River. Amenities include a spa, fitness center and entertainment lounges.
In conjunction with condos at 515 West 18th, Related has plans for another condo in Chelsea at 555 West 22nd Street, both part of the Hudson Residences. Renderings published on an EB-5 funding page reveal a brick, 22-floor tower designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The proposed building will hold 141 condos and feature amenities like a spa, fitness center, lounges and on-site parking.
Heatherwick’s 515 West 18th design adds to his West Side portfolio; his 150-foot climable structure, the Vessel, topped out in Hudson Yards last month and his design for a floating public park at Pier 55 was recently resurrected.
The renderings of both condo towers remain preliminary, but Related expects the Hudson Residences to be completed by the middle of 2020. For more information on both Hudson Residences, check out the video below that Related submitted with their EB-5 filing: