Unveiled> Singaporean Architect Brings Wavy Design to the High Line

Unveiled> Singaporean Architect Brings Wavy Design to the High Line

515 High Line.
515 High Line. (Courtesy SCDA Architects)

Singaporean architect Soo K. Chan of SCDA Architects is the latest to join an internationally renowned group of architects building along New York’s High Line in Chelsea. Chan isn’t settling for just one building, however. Two new buildings are set to rise just blocks from towers by Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid, and feature differing aesthetics that tap into the luxury market that has skyrocketed in the area.

515 High Line. (Courtesy SCDA Architects) 515 High Line. (Courtesy SCDA Architects)

The first of the two, 515 High Line at 515 West 29th Street, will stand 11 stories tall. The tower is defined on two sides by rippling glass fins from its podium to its top.

The tower is predominantly clad in glass, but renderings show a blank segment of the building facing the High Line that could be covered with murals, adding to the already robust arts offerings along the linear park.

“Soo Chan’s stunning loft-style interiors evoke an understated appeal and modernity, and the exterior facade, with steel and glass that appears to curve—as inspired by the High Line’s bend at 29th Street—will incorporate the High Line both for onlookers and residents in a way that no other property will,” Joseph Beninati, of Bauhouse Group, the project’s developer, said in a statement.

According to the Bauhouse Group, the homes in the $125 million development will range from 2,100–4,400 square feet and will be priced between $5 million and $25 million. There are also three penthouses that have 22-foot-tall ceilings.

The property is expected to open in 2015 and is directly across the High Line from Chan’s other condo project—the Soori High Line at 522 West 29th Street. That structure is also 11 stories, but has a more restrained facade that is defined more by modern straight lines than a wavy skin. The units inside the property, though, are anything but restrained—16 of Soori’s 27 units have private, heated pools featuring glass walls on the street facade.

This is obviously only the latest set of flashy buildings set to rise on the High Line. Last week, Crain’s reported that piece of a parking lot next to the High Line could be next to get the condo treatment. “That portion can accommodate a 390-foot-tall residential tower about 440,000 square feet in size, making it one of the largest development sites in that area up for grabs in recent years,” Crain’s reported. The piece of land could sell for over $400 million.

The Soori High Line. (Courtesy SCDA Architects)