Exterior work is continuing to shape up on The Cortland, a 26-story condominium building at 555 West 22nd Street in West Chelsea. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects and developed by Related Companies with SLCE Architects as the architect of record, the nearly 300-foot-tall, 250,000-square-foot project will yield 141 units, averaging around 2,245 square feet apiece. The building is located along West Street and the Hudson River waterfront between West 22nd and West 23rd Streets.
Recent photos show the degree of progress that has occurred on the façade since our last update in June, when the red brick only enclosed three levels of the podium. Now the masonry assembly has reached the final floors and glows warm in the golden-hour sunlight. The main western profile facing the Hudson River has a symmetrical elevation, and a growing number of floor-to-ceilings windows have been installed on it between the varying red brick walls, which are laid in an English bond pattern.
Some of the bricks are diagonally rotated and laid in such a way that the corners of the header and stretcher point outward, creating the appearance of fluted columns from afar. This is best seen early or late in the day when the shadows are at their longest. Another textural pattern in the façade involves singular bricks that slightly protrude from the flat surface in a staggered array that resembles Polka dots.
The first few floors are finished with large white stone blocks that contrast nicely with the red brick above.
Bay windows are scattered across various parts of the envelope, with the widest and largest located on the northern profile facing West 23rd Street.
Multiple setbacks are found throughout the building’s uppermost section, with some to become private outdoor terraces for a select number of residences.
Few details have been revealed regarding the interiors, though YIMBY last reported the proposed amenities include a residential lounge, an event room, a game center, a business center, a fitness center, a basement pool with lockers, bicycle storage, and a dog spa.
The Cortland looks like it could be finished toward the very end of 2021, or early 2022 at the latest.