Exterior Work Continues on Bjarke Ingels’ The XI in Chelsea

The XI. Rendering by DBOX

The stone façade is continuing to ascend the twisting superstructures of The XI. The unique pair of reinforced concrete towers is designed by Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group and stands immediately to the west of the High Line in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea. The 36- and 26-story structures topped out in March and will contain 236 condominiums and a 137-room Six Senses Hotel Resorts Spas, the first location in the United States. HFZ Capital Group is the developer of the 908,250-square-foot project, while Omnibuild is in charge of the ongoing construction at 76 Eleventh Avenue. Douglas Elliman is handling sales and marketing for the residences.

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The assemblage of the travertine stone on the taller 402-foot-tall superstructure is easily seen from Hudson River Park. The first side of the edifice to be fully enclosed in travertine is the western elevation that’s above the podium and runs parallel with West Street. The bright white colored paint that coats the exterior perimeter of concrete columns and the edges of the floor slabs precede the metal framing that each panel hangs onto. Close-up photos from street level show this detail.

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

The XI. Photo by Michael Young

Eighty-seven of the residential units will be designed by Gilles & Boissier, while 149 will be designed by Gabellini Sheppard. Prices will range from $2,575,000 to $14,500,000. The last major part of The XI to be built up is the one-story retail component that runs along Tenth Avenue. This portion was particularly tricky due to the existing foundations for the steel columns that are holding up the High Line. Workers had to excavate around each pillar and use temporary supports and braces to hold the elevated train tracks in place without interrupting the pedestrian flow of people on the park. The foundations for the new ground-up retail space have already been completed and the structure should be built up soon.

Completion of The XI is expected in 2020. 

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4 Comments on "Exterior Work Continues on Bjarke Ingels’ The XI in Chelsea"

  1. Like Thomas Heatherwick’s barrel windowed buildings just up the Highline, these buildings take one idea and beats you over the head with it.

  2. Hervin A. R. Romney AIA | November 12, 2019 at 9:35 am | Reply

    Why ? One wonders about Owner and Architect.

  3. What’s the point here? A crooked building? OK. I’m sure it was an engineering challenge. It’s also indulgent, unnecessary and unappealing, just a whimsy that doesn’t take any of its neighbors into account. It’s the architectural equivalent of wearing an oversized hat to the theater just because you can.

  4. Yes,enough of these self indulgent,insecure stateless statement making eyesores.oh wow so impressive,what’s next an inverted pyramid? This crap belongs in Los Vegas

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