New York’s High Line — the beloved elevated park built along abandoned train tracks on Manhattan’s west side — will soon offer visitors a walking tour of nearby buildings by some of the world’s best modern architects.
It already boasts Italian architect Renzo Piano‘s popular design for the new Whitney Museum, a luxury condo tower designed by British designer Norman Foster, and Frank Gehry’s sail-like IAC building. An undulating, futuristic condo building designed by the late Zaha Hadid in partnership with Mexican architect Ismael Leyva is slated for occupancy early next year.
In 2019, Danish favourite Bjarke Ingels will add his touch to the architectural lineup with a pair of twisted towers.
Called The Eleventh due to the building’s location between Manhattan’s 10th and 11th avenues, the US$1.9 billion development will house 240 condominiums and a 137-room luxury hotel. Take a look.
As seen in new renderings of the structures, the buildings' lines seem to rotate around a vertical axis, creating a sense of motion and stretching.
The western tower will be taller than the eastern one, at 400 and 300 feet tall, respectively.
Their spiral aesthetic also serves a practical purpose, since it gives more rooms views of the Hudson River on one side and New York skyline on the other.
An office tower being built at Hudson Yards, the biggest private real estate development in US history, will evoke a spiral aesthetic (it's appropriately called The Spiral) with a wrapping band of terraces that circles around the building.
2 World Trade Center, which features a cascading stairway of outdoor spaces on one side, is currently under construction, and a pyramid-shaped waterfront building called Via 57 West was completed this fall.
The towers will join a growing number of similarly twisted structures that have popped up around the world over the last decade (including another pair designed by Ingels in Miami).
This one, however, will have a steady stream of viewers to gawk at the architecture as they walk along the High Line.