Thomas Heatherwick designs two bubbled condo towers for Related’s High Line-straddling site

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/96/96rfj5g5o12i3c5h.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/96/96rfj5g5o12i3c5h.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/96/96rfj5g5o12i3c5h.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/96/96rfj5g5o12i3c5h.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/354290/thomas-heatherwick" rel="nofollow" >Thomas Heatherwick</a>&nbsp;plans to bring more eccentricity to Manhattan&rsquo;s west side with two condo towers covered in a bubbled facade and&nbsp;bisected by the High Line, as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/market-insight/features/future-nyc/thomas-heatherwick-designs-bubble-wrapped-condos-saddle-up-next-high-line/15223" rel="nofollow" >CityRealty</a>&nbsp;reported on Wednesday. The straddling pair at 515 West 18th Street, currently known as the Hudson Residences in conjunction with another tower planned on West 22nd Street, will contain 181 condos split between a 10-floor east tower and a 22-floor west tower. The development spans 425,000 square feet and will include 17,000 square feet of retail and gallery space, as well as 175 parking spots.
The project’s developer, Related Companies, first purchased the site in 2014 for a then-record of $205 million. Executive architects SLCE filed construction permits in late 2016, which are now approved. The buildings anchor the western side of Tenth Avenue between 18th and 20th Street in Chelsea.
Related plans to build to the maximum allowable floor area, nearly bursting its exterior. The bulging, rounded-out windows ...

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