Taking a nod from the past as well as the present, the industrial sash-inspired windows and the metallic grey terra cotta facade of the new construction at 512 West 22nd Street reflects the history of the surrounding area. Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood is known as a cross-section of old and new – adjacent to the Hudson River, the area was once a convenient location for industry and transportation. Historic buildings mix together with features of contemporary structures to create the unique urban setting we know today.
This 10-story Manhattan office building draws inspiration from the High Line, a neighboring feat of urban renewal that has attracted much attention to the area. Since the two are in such close proximity, the architects at COOKFOX decided to place an emphasis on human interaction with nature and the outside world with this project. In fact, each floor features a landscaped terrace that the building’s tenants will have access to – the building’s innovative approach to corporate office spaces aims to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
The pieces of terra cotta rain screen, manufactured by Boston Valley Terra Cotta, are 95% shipped to the site. Currently, the scaffolding at 512 West 22nd is being taken down as the building draws closer to its completion.