Lantern House, a new development along New York’s High Line, is part condominium residences, part sculptural work of art—which makes sense: it was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, who also designed the Vessel at Hudson Yards. The distinguishing architectural element here is a series of glass panels that form lantern-like bay windows. It’s a dramatic statement that distinguishes Lantern House from a spate of other developments in the vibrant and culturally rich West Chelsea neighborhood. The bay windows also help define the interiors by internationally renowned design firm March & White. Residences and common spaces, like the 75-foot saline pool and Equinox-curated fitness center, have an airy, loft-like vibe that’s tempered by warm materials like bronze, oak wood, and onyx.
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Thomas Heatherwick of London-based Heatherwick Studio is known for his dramatic, forward-thinking aesthetic. And Lantern House is no exception. The condominium development is actually two towers, rising on either side of the High Line, connected below the elevated greenway by a metal-roofed glass-encased lobby and surrounded by lush gardens by Hollander Design Landscape Architects. It’s undoubtedly an architectural statement, but it was built with residents in mind: “The design for Lantern House came from looking at the city’s existing buildings and thinking about which ones you might want to live in, not just look at,” says Heatherwick. The bay windows, inspired by those you’d see on Victorian homes in the United Kingdom, invite city and water views, and the brickwork punctuating the facade reflects New York’s industrial beginnings. As the studio’s first residential project in New York, the silhouette looks every bit as sculptural and unique as the rest of Heatherwick’s repertoire.
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This formerly industrial area, once known for its nightlife, has become an innovative and fashion-forward hub of art and culture. This transformation is largely due to the High Line, an elevated park that extends along Manhattan’s West Side and is bookended by the Whitney Museum of Art and Hudson Yards, a massive residential and commercial complex that’s part office park, part condo towers, and part tourist attraction. Also nearby: Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District, and the Hudson River Greenway.
Related Companies tapped another London-based studio for the interior design: March & White, founded by Elliot March and James White, got its start designing interiors for luxury yachts and some of London’s most exclusive private clubs. At Lantern House, they’ve gone after a classic, tailored look that speaks to their background. “The holistic design connects a distinctive facade with a heritage interior,” says March. The 181 loft-like residences, which range in size from one bedroom to four bedrooms, have bronze fixtures, fluted-walnut cabinetry, marble and onyx surfaces, and oak wood flooring, plus Gaggenau kitchens and radiant-heat flooring in the master bathrooms.
Lantern House’s location on (or rather around) the High Line provides inspiration for its amenities. The 75-foot saline swimming pool runs parallel to the High Line, while gardens below and on the rooftop echo the greenery of the elevated park. Cozier enclaves within the building include the library, game room, and coworking lounge.
- 24hr Doorman
- Children's Playroom
- Coworking Space
- Fitness Center
- Game Room
- On-Site Parking
- Outdoor Grills
- Outdoor Space
- Private Dining
- Screening Room
- Swimming Pool
- Yoga Studio
“The design for Lantern House came from looking at the city’s existing buildings and thinking about which ones you might want to live in, not just look at.”Thomas Heatherwick
“Working as practical inventors with no signature style, our motivation is to design soulful and interesting places which embrace and celebrate the complexities of the real world,”
— Thomas Heatherwick
“The approach driving everything is to lead from human experience rather than any fixed design dogma.”
— Thomas Heatherwick
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