Living above New York's High Line
New York’s High Line, the elevated abandoned rail line along the West Side of Manhattan currently being transformed into a park, will be framed at 23rd street by a fourteen story condominium tower appropriately named HL23 and designed by Neil Denari Architects of Los Angeles.
HL23 will be located directly adjacent to the elevated park High Line, at 23rd street in New York’s West Chelsea Arts district. It is a glass and steel building that cantilevers above the park lane and therefore permits breathtaking views, while concealing privacy for its occupants at the same time. The sculptural tower includes eleven homes, of which nine are full floor residences, the others being a duplex penthouse at the top and a maisonette with a private garden at ground floor. Developed by Alf Naman, the building has three distinct yet coherent facades, a rarity in Manhattan's block structure. First, there is a custom non-spandrel curtain wall on the south and north facades, following a 3D stainless steel panel facade on the east facing the High Line. It is the first major freestanding structure rise in New York City by architect Neil Denari, who is best known for his theoretical writings and teachings at LA based Sci-Arc. The interior of the residential tower has been designed by New York based and Danish-born architect Thomas Juul-Hansen. HL23 is currently under construction and planned to be completed in Spring 2009.