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 maximize external views from both structures.

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all images by BIG

 

 

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.

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the two towers appear to rotate as they ascend

 

 

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.

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the development has a slated opening date of 2019

 

 

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.’

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  • I’m over Ingels style. It’s bizarre to be bizarre without serving a practical purpose.

    Carl says:
  • Rotating – dynamic? or twisted, or leaning – passive? Whatever – why? The compromises and complications demanded by a form which can have no justification beyond being mildly amusing are considerable. Leaning facades, leaning columns, misaligned shafts and ducts, diminishing commonality in floor plans with consequent increases in cost, complexity and construction time all militate against the scheme. Get the client to buy a ‘cherished’ number plate for his car: it’s about as exciting, but an awful lot cheaper

    Will Grime says:
  • Done before….and better. Malmö, Sweden Calatrava’s Turning Torso. Reminds me of a lyric line written by Stephen Sondheim from the musical, Gypsy, “You gotta have a gimmick, if you want to get ahead.” Oddly, that was sung by a stripper in a Burlesque house.

    peter says:
  • Amid the endless glass boxes that make parts of Manhattan so dull, including the deeply disappointing World Trade Center, BIG’s designs bring welcome energy and variety, and help the skyline assert a new kind of iconoclasm. Hooray for The Eleventh.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • Ah yes… B.I.G. The Kim Kardashian of Architecture. Tasteless, cheap and attention seeking yet still trolloping circles the likes of Largerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Dior. Their acronym encapsulates them to a tee… GIMMICKY.

    Anon says:
  • Usually like very much BIG’s work. Unluckily, this project seems to lack any creativity. Not only its main idea resembles Turning Torso, but overall image is not attractive at all.
    I hope BIG find the time to give it another shot, and develop a better design for one of the most interesting places in New York….

    RicardoAB says:

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