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Heatherwick designs High Line apartment blocks

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Images have been released of Heatherwick Studio’s two-tower apartment complex overlooking New York’s celebrated High Line

The London-based practice has designed 515 West 18th Street for developer Related, which expects to fill the homes by 2020.

With their lattice frames and bulging glass windows, the towers are described by Related as a ‘distinctive reinvention of the Chelsea warehouse architectural style, featuring a modern interpretation of the bay window and a custom masonry façade’.

The 21-storey main building will house 180 homes, a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. The smaller tower looks to be 11 storeys high but little detail has been released about it.

The two towers will link beneath the High Line, a 2.4km-long urban walkway and park created from a former freight rail track.

Related said many of the apartments would enjoy views of the Hudson River as well as easy access to art galleries, parks, restaurants and ‘several of Manhattan’s finest schools’.

Heatherwick Studio’s other work in New York includes the massive Vessel structure at Hudson Yards, featuring 154 intersecting flights of stairs, which is nearing completion. However, the practice had two projects in the city scrapped last autumn. In September, the plug was effectively pulled on Heatherwick’s proposals for an island park on the Hudson River then a month later its proposed revamp of the Lincoln Centre’s David Geffen Hall was ditched.

Meanwhile, the practice has reported a 9 per cent drop in pre-tax profit in results released for the 12 months to 31 March 2017.

Heatherwick Studio made £9.5 million in that period, down from £10.5 million in the previous year. Revenue was down 1 per cent to £27.5 million.

UK revenue grew by more than 40 per cent to £6.2 million but income from the rest of the world fell.

Global staff numbers were up from a monthly average of 180 in the previous year to that of 201 in the most recent period, with overall staff costs growing by about a fifth to £10.8 million.

Thomas Heatherwick, the sole shareholder at the firm, received £3.5 million in dividends in the year to 31 March 2017, up from £2.2 million in the previous year.

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  • Bloody awful - ugly, ill-conceived and will probably burn down because the glazing will act like a magnifying glass. Could do better

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  • Colin's comment is politeness personified.

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