Like its neighbor to the east, construction has made quick progress at the Norman Foster-designed 551 West 21st Street, and the 19-story building is just about to reach its pinnacle. Beyer Blinder Belle is the executive architect, and Scott Resnick is the developer, under the firm SR Capital.
The building is slightly removed from the heart of the High Line boom, and Foster’s latest creation is situated directly on the West Side Highway, guaranteeing perpetual water views; the penthouse is currently selling for $50 million, and includes a private, 61-foot long lap pool, which is probably the best indication of the project’s ultra-luxe appeal.
Besides unconventional amenities, the building has also been redesigned to deal with storm surge events, as the surrounds were especially prone to flooding during Hurricane Sandy. 551 West 21st Street has retractable gates that prevent water from entering the structure, guaranteeing safety and river views.
While superstructure work is about to come to a close, windows are missing in action. The building’s exterior will apparently be cast concrete, so at least facade work should be relatively minimal.
With 44 units in total, construction at 551 West 21st Street is expected to wrap up next year.
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