Dazzling New Buildings Are Coming to the High Line
Experiencing a second wave of development, the High Line is proving to be once again a magnet for avant-garde architecture. When the elevated park debuted in 2009, it transformed Manhattan’s Far West Side with dazzling structures by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, and Shigeru Ban, but this latest generation promises to push the envelope even further.
“A lot of people are calling this ‘architectural row,’ ” says Alicia Goldstein of HFZ Capital Group, which is nearing completion on its Bjarke Ingels–designed complex at West 18th Street and 11th Avenue. Composed of a pair of twisting towers sheathed in travertine and bronze, the XI will contain 236 residences as well as the first U.S. location for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, which will also devote 18,000 square feet to owner-exclusive amenities. In addition, there will be a commercial art space and a number of yet-to-be-announced installations—spearheaded by HFZ’s chairman and founder, Ziel Feldman, a noted collector of artists like Ugo Rondinone and Anselm Kiefer.
Other spectacular sites along the mile-long stretch include two Thomas Heatherwick–designed towers at 515 West 18th Street, identifiable by their modern, bulging bay windows. A few blocks up at the Getty, nestled above the Lehmann Maupin gallery and the Hill Art Foundation, Peter Marino crafted six custom residences, each with a unique material palette. Zaha Hadid, Roman and Williams, and Isay Weinfeld have also contributed structures to this provocative new mix.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Spring Issue under the headline Refined Line. Subscribe to the magazine.