Architects: COOKFOX Architects
- Area: 172000 ft²
- Year: 2019
- Photographs: Bruce Damonte
Manufacturers: Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Cosentino, MetalTech-USA, American Standard, Assa Abloy, Daltile, Guardian Glass, Kebony, Siplast, Terramai, elZinc, -, Architectural Stone, Crown Doors, Dlubak Specialty Glass Corporation, G.A. Fleet Associates, Kyoto Collection, Modulex Partition Corp./LD Flecken, Nemo, Presray Corporation, +1
- Design Team:COOKFOX Architects, DPC; Rick Cook, Partner; Arno Adkins, Senior Associate; Spencer Lapp, Associate; Adam Beaulieu, Associate; Erin McLaughlin; Dan Cohen
- Client:The Albanese Organization/Vornado Realty Trust
- Owner:The Albanese Organization/Vornado Realty Trust
- Structural Engineering:DeSimone Consulting Engineers
- Exterior Wall Engineering:Buro Happold Engineering
- Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, And Security Engineering:WSP
- Geotech Engineering:Geodesign Incorporated PC/URS/AECOM
- Expeditor/Code Consultants:JAM Consultants
- Landscape Consultants:MKM Landscape Architecture PC
- Leed/Sustainability Consultants:Vidaris, Inc.
- Envioronmental Managment Consultants:Fleming-Lee Shue, Inc.
- Elevators Consultants:Van Deusen Associates
- Lighting Consultants:Brett Malak Lighting Design Inc.
- Commissioning Consultants:Grumman/Butkus Associates
- Acoustical Consultants:Shen Milson Wilke
- Water Feature Consultants:Aqua Design Group
- Exterior Maintenance Consultants:Entek Engineering PLLC
- Dot Consultants:Delargent Design Architecture PC
- General Contractor:Omnibuild, Inc.
Text description provided by the architects. 512 West 22nd Street, a Chelsea office building bordering the High Line, is inspired by both its proximity to the planted public space and principles of biophilic design. Its location provides immediate visual and physical connections to nature on the High Line and views of the Hudson River beyond. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and foster an office environment connected with the natural world, 512 West 22nd Street sets new standards of health and productivity in the modern workplace. The structure of the building recalls the historical infrastructure and warehouse buildings of the neighborhood, and the crisp contemporary design that defines west Chelsea. Its materiality and form echo the High Line’s aesthetic, with industrial sash-inspired windows, and anthracite terracotta, zinc and granite façade.
The custom terracotta profile rotates and opens at the curved edges of the building, and the glass arcs around the corners, featuring operable windows which offer occupants more direct control of their environment and access to outdoor air. The 22nd Street lobby includes a curated event space for tenant use and features a landscaped viewing garden visible on approach to the elevator banks. The office spaces above have been designed to create professional environments that support the well-being of employees. Large, light-filled floors with a state-of-the-art overhead air distribution system are adaptable to a wide range of users, engineered for comfort and high-performance, with highly filtered outdoor air and high-performance building controls.
Taking cues from the High Line’s artfully woven, dynamic green corridor that connects the surrounding urban infrastructure, 512 West 22nd Street features over 15,000 square feet of outdoor space for occupant use. Located adjacent to the “Chelsea Thicket” portion of the High Line, landscaped terraces are cut into the building's profile on every floor, integrating nature into the workplace and offering intimate views of the adjacent trees and planted spaces. Outside areas are populated solely with native species, connecting tenants to the natural history of the land. Along the High Line, continuously stepped terraces from levels two to four are designed for outdoor circulation, events, and other uses by tenants. At the second and third floors, the branches of the thicket meet the overhang above, merging into a canopy. Ascending to the fourth-floor terrace and rising above the tree line opens sightlines to the city and Hudson River beyond.