Drawing inspiration from the High Line, Building XVIII incorporates a ribbon of planted greenery that enhances an empty urban site and defines the building’s form and image. The two-story commercial wing which contains a green-grocer and a greenhouse, is topped by an urban farm at the High Line levee. The greenery of this farm-scape extends up the south-facing facade of an 11-story residential tower, and together with the greenhouse, provides year-round produce for local distribution. The weaving together of the two building forms unites the residences, farm, greenhouse, grocery store, and public amenities into a singular building composition. The commercial base has a direct physical and formal relationship to the High Line while the residential tower provides a visual vertical focus to the cityscape. The glass-enclosed residential form floats above the High Line, creating an urban plaza that serves as an entry court to the building and provides a street-level green space. This mixed-use project extends SPG architects’ exploration of sustainable design into new realms of building type and scale.

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view from 10th Avenue

view from High Line

condominium tower

balcony detail

greenhouse & interior framing

ground plan

roof plan with residential tower


site plan