Hauser & Wirth Gallery Tops Out at 542 West 22nd Street in Chelsea

542 West 22nd Street, Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY last reported on 542 West 22nd Street back in 2015, when permits were filed for a new five-story, 31,158-square-foot art gallery. Now, the reinforced concrete superstructure is topped-out, and will soon be home to Zurich-based Hauser & Wirth, which is also the developer of the project. The building, designed by Annabelle Selldorf, is located between Tenth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue in West Chelsea, and stands 95 feet tall.

New photos of the northern elevation facing West 22nd Street highlight the ongoing construction work. The site is a very short walk to the High Line, Chelsea Piers, and Hudson River Park. A rendering of the project has not been released.

The preliminary rendering on the construction fence. Photo by Michael Young

The northern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

There appears to be a shallow outdoor space on the second floor, outlined by the punctured void in the northern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The second floor is the only part of the main façade that has a rectangular-shaped indentation in the flat surface. Photo by Michael Young

The top of 542 West 22nd Street. Photo by Michael Young

The first floor will house an office, bicycle parking, and art galleries; followed by a bookstore and a gallery on the second floor; a library, office, and meeting room on the third floor; a workshop and multiple offices on the fourth floor; and galleries on the fifth floor.

Hauser & Wirth previously signed a 42-year-long lease on the 7,400-square-foot property for an undisclosed amount. The company currently has two other locations in Manhattan, on East 69th Street on the Upper East Side and at 548 West 22nd Street, which is adjacent to the new gallery and will soon house its offices. Hauser & Wirth also has the ability to sublet the upper floors of its upcoming building to various artists, galleries, or companies.

A completion date for 542 West 22nd Street is stated on the construction fence for 2019, but 2020 seems more likely.

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