the eleventh aerial Rendering: Bjarke Ingels Group

New York City’s High Line, an elevated park built on Manhattan’s abandoned West Side rail line, is already home to a slew of architecturally impressive buildings, but word is another high-profile addition is coming soon. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) recently unveiled plans for The Eleventh, a pair of “rotating” towers, and has said the project will be complete in 2019.

The 950,000-square-foot development has a price tag of $1.9 billion, and will ultimately house about 240 condo units, 90,000 square feet of retail space and a 137-room Six Senses luxury hotel. Much has been made about that last point — Six Senses hotels can be found in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, but there are currently none in North America. The location in The Eleventh will be the first, and it promises to be posh — initial estimates place the average room rate at $900 per night.

the eleventh skyline 2 Rendering: Bjarke Ingels Group

the eleventh skyline 1 Rendering: Bjarke Ingels Group

The Eleventh’s unusual “rotating” design is attracting at least as much attention as its high-end tenant — in an architectural twist (pun intended), both towers will appear to spiral sinuously up from the ground rather than going straight up. And while you might think BIG gave the buildings that shape just to make them look interesting, there’s also a functional element. According to designboom, the twisted facades will help maximize water and park views.

Despite being incredibly modern, the towers will also include elements that harken back to historic New York City architecture. For example, they will have stone and metal facades, as well as “punched window openings” similar to those seen on nearby industrial buildings.

the eleventh windows 1 Rendering: Bjarke Ingels Group

the eleventh windows 2 Rendering: Bjarke Ingels Group

As mentioned, once it’s built The Eleventh will be in good company on the High Line — the park also features buildings by well-known architects Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano and more. And if you can’t wait until 2019 to get a taste of BIG architecture in New York City, you’ve got options. The firm is behind VIA 57 West, a recently completed residential tower in the city, and currently has several more impressive projects in the works as well.

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