Plans have officially been unveiled for a pair of ‘rotating’ towers in New York, conceived by Bjarke Ingels Group. Named ‘The Eleventh’, the development is situated between the High Line and Hudson River, with a design that seeks to ‘skew traditional skyscraper geometry’. The architecture pays homage to the city’s classic modernist structures and cultural institutions, yet features rotating forms that maximise external views from both structures.
BIG’s design includes stone and metal façades with punched window openings, a reference to the surrounding historic industrial buildings and the nearby meatpacking district. Climbing to a total height of 300 and 400 feet respectively (91 and 122 meters), the towers afford 360-degree views of the High Line, the Hudson River, and Downtown and Midtown Manhattan skylines.
Real estate development and investment company HFZ Capital Group, has also announced that Six Senses hotels resorts spas will open its flagship North American urban hotel as part of the scheme — which is currently under construction. As well as the five-star hotel and spa, located in the east tower, ‘The Eleventh’ will also offer private luxury homes above. Meanwhile, the west tower, the taller of the two, is entirely dedicated to condominium residences. Friends of the High Line is collaborating with HFZ on a public open-air pedestrian promenade that will run adjacent to the elevated park.
When we acquired the last major downtown development site in 2015 we had a blank slate to create a new neighborhood on one of the world’s most valuable and desired pieces of land,’ says HFZ Capital Group Chairman and Founder Ziel Feldman. ‘We immediately began seeking collaborators that would meet our vision and enhance it. It’s an urban location, yet our site is flanked by the greenery of the High Line and the calm of the Hudson River. Six Senses operates some of the most beautiful eco-conscious resorts in the world and we knew they were the right partner to explore that connection to nature and create something unique to New York city.’