The site occupies one of the last plots to be redeveloped in New York’s Chelsea district, adjacent the Chelsea Piers on the one side, and the intersection of the Highline and Tenth Avenue on the other, with West 18th to the north and West 17th to the south. With such a prime location in the heart of New York’s art district, the client, a developer, wants a unique building which creates a unique destination in terms of amenities and urban form.
First we begin with the building plot, and extrude it up to the maximum height allowed by the city for a building on that plot. The city also expects two towers to be built, with exact spatial requirements being decided by the developer, including a tower for rent and a tower for sale. By carving out a void from the maximum volume, and by sculpting it, it creates create a volume which is open to light and views, connecting the highline to the river both physically and more metaphorically.