A twisting pair of towers slated for Manhattan's Meatpacking District were met with significant interest when they were revealed, not only because of their proximity to the High Line, but because of the dynamic team involved in the project. HFZ Capital Group has tapped Bjarke Ingels Group as the architect for the addition at 76 11th Avenue and new renderings unveiled by YIMBY show the finer details of the anticipated project.
After the original design was revealed in November 2015, several renderings released in January showed changes, particularly the building's structural expression, which is now more uniform in its geometry. Additional space is allocated between the pair of towers, which lean towards the Hudson River.
The latest batch of renderings shows the nitty-gritty aspects of the exterior, including two skybridges that will serve as amenity spaces for residents. The tower crowns appear to be clad in large expanses of glass, separating themselves architecturally from the punched-window design of the highrise floors. About 85,000 square feet of retail — appearing to spill under the High Line and onto a public plaza — is expected to animate the ground-level component of the project. The bulk of the interior will be composed of 260 condominiums and 130 hotel rooms.
At 38 and 28 storeys, the development will easily tower above every building in the immediate area. Given its imposing presence from the High Line, it will likely attract a number of snap-happy, camera-wielding tourists as well. HFZ Capital purchased the site for a cool $870 million in 2014 and hopes to deliver the project by 2018.
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