Bjarke Ingels. If that name doesn’t mean anything to you, it should. If you do know why he’s such a big deal in the world of architecture, then you probably know what it means to live inside a building he’s designed. New Yorkers are about to get that chance – again.
The Danish architect and founder of Bjarke Ingels Group has taken the world by storm with his innovative designs, convention-defying structures, and sustainable practices. Some of his designs are considered among the most impressive and impactful in the world and include the 8 House housing complex in Copenhagen, the Google North Bayshore headquarters (which he co-designed with Thomas Heatherwick), and the Amager Resource Center waste-to-energy plant, which somehow also includes a ski slope and climbing wall. It’s no wonder the Wall Street Journal has named him Innovator of the Year for architecture while Time Magazine once named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world.
He moved to New York City in 2012 and immediately set about putting his mark on Manhattan. The tetrahedron design of VIA 57 West is his, as are the plans for the upcoming Two World Trade Center building. He also won a design contest based around improving Manhattan’s flood resistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
His newest Manhattan project is known simply as The XI (The Eleventh). Situated right in between the Chelsea neighborhood and Meatpacking District, this complex consists of two high-rise towers next to the High Line that draws their unique shape out of a desire for “mutual courtesy,” as Ingels puts it, when it comes to maintaining clear views. He sees their winding rise as a dance between them, ensuring that people inside will always be able to appreciate their unique position inside the tallest buildings in West Chelsea.
The 26-story tower, dubbed X, will contain 87 residences above the North American’s first Six Senses hotel and spa. The 36-story tower, known as I, will contain 149 condos. The two towers will share amenity spaces on the third floor as part of their shared base, which includes a glass skybridge to connect them.
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Adding to the overall importance of combining creativity and livability here, residences inside the I tower have been designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates, an award-winning architecture and interior design practice. They brought the inspiration of the natural world indoors and appointed each residence with a mixture of materials like wood, marble, glass, and metals in order to heighten the living experience while also providing a sense of comfort. Every floor plan is unique and all offer views that touch on either the Hudson River or Manhattan skyline.
Meanwhile, residences inside the X Tower will be designed by interior design dynamic duo Gilles and Boissier. These luxury residences exude organic and timeless materials as well as handcrafted details that will offer those who live here a feeling of escape as well as tranquility. The natural sunlight that pours in off the Hudson River only heightens the overall experience.
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Underneath the residences in the X Tower will be a ten-floor hotel and spa courtesy of Bangkok-based operator Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. This renowned brand is opening their flagship North American property here. It calls for 137 luxury rooms, also designed by Gilles & Boissier. Part of the brand’s luxury experience also includes a full spa service and two restaurants that showcase their approach to seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.
Six Senses is also working with The XI to create a private members club, known as The XI Club, which gives hotel guests and building residents full access to a host of wellness, fitness, lifestyle, and spa services. As part of The XI Club, residents will be able to use the hotel’s swimming pool, steam rooms, saunas, cold plunges, treatment rooms, and more.
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The amenities of living in The XI go beyond what the Six Senses hotel offers. In fact, they begin with you arrive at the porte-cochere (carriage gate) where a 24-hour staff and on-site valet welcome you home and provide whatever you might need.
Given it’s close proximity to the High Line, The XI has partnered with Friends of the High Line in order to create a public open-air pedestrian promenade directly next to it.
An art space is also available in the building and future plans call for a pavilion full of restaurants, retail, and park space, all designed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
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Luxury residences across both towers come in all shapes and sizes, from one-bedrooms all the up to four-bedroom units. One-bedrooms start at $2.8 million, two-bedrooms at $3.9 million, three-bedrooms at $6.5 million, and four-bedrooms at $9 million. There are also half-floor penthouses that start at $25 million.
A quick look at availability shows that there are residences currently for sale in just about every category. An 888-square-foot one-bedroom with northern exposure from the 11th floor of X Tower is currently asking $2.95 million. Meanwhile, a 3,373-square-foot four-bedroom on the 22nd floor on X Tower is asking $12,000,000. And as for one of those penthouse units, you can get a 5,663-square-foot five-bedroom on the 32nd floor of X Tower for $28,000,000. That comes with exposure to the south, east, and west, which means you’ll be able to see just about everything from up there.