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Twisting Tower Tops Out in NYC

Monday, August 13, 2018

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The first of two towers that will “dance together” on Manhattan’s skyline, collectively known as The Eleventh, recently topped out, with construction work continuing to progress.

The topped-out tower, standing 35 stories tall, will be joined by a second 300-foot-tall tower, with bronze and travertine cladding both the towers and the podium.

The Eleventh

Working in conjunction with HFZ Capital Group, BIG designed each tower to look as if its twisting away from the other. BIG founder Bjarke Ingels noted that the structures “almost care for each other and enhance each other's situations."

The 26-story “X” tower will house 87 luxury residences above a hotel, with the 36-story “I” tower containing 149 condominiums. Residents of both buildings share amenities on the third floor.

The external walls are clad in travertine, framing floor-to-ceiling portions of glazing. In higher floors, windows “migrate” to the adjacent facades as the building shape warps. Ingels added that “the best way to inhabit a site might be completely different on the ground than it is on the 10th floor; than it is on the 20th floor.”

As the day progresses, “kinks” in the stone cladding create shifting shadows across the buildings. Stone and metal are the key materials used throughout both structures. Glass bridges connect both halves of the podium.

According to Architect Magazine, the geometry of the two towers is a dynamic response to the surrounding neighborhood—the structures twist around to provide the best views from the upper floors. The corners of the buildings, with dynamic geometry, reduce overall structural bulk and creates more space between each.

A through-block street will allow tenants and visitors to access residential lobbies. There is also low-grade parking, a five-story commercial building and retail space.  

The towers are slated for completion in 2019. The design has undergone a number of changes since it was revealed in November 2015. The final approved design started to be built in 2017.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Maintenance + Renovation; North America; Project Management; Residential Construction

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