The vibrant neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City, known for its flourishing art scene with over 200 art galleries, has becoming an epicenter for creative expression and architectural innovation. Adding to this is the new 19-story luxury residential tower located at 551 West 21st Street. Situated at the comer of 11th Avenue and 21st Street, the building offers stunning panoramic views of the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan as well as convenient access to Highline Park, Hudson River Park, Chelsea Piers, and Chelsea Market.
The architecture company behind 551 W 21st Street is Foster + Partners, which was founded by Norman Foster. Foster graduated from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 and then went to win a Henry Fellowship to Yale University. After earning a Master’s Degree in Architecture, he went to establish Foster Associates, now known as Foster + Partners, in London in 1967. Now a worldwide practice with project offices in more than twenty countries, the company has been responsible for a wide range of work, from urban master plans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices, and workplaces to private houses and product design.
Over the past forty years, Foster + Partners has received 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 international and national competitions. Norman Foster was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1983, the Gold Medal from the French Academy of Architecture in 1991, and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1994. He became the twenty-first Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was also honored with life peerage in the Queens’ Birthday Honors List, taking the title of Lord Foster of Thames, that same year.
At 551 West 21st street, Foster + Partners have designed a tower with robust, cast-concrete exterior framed expansive windows with arm metal surrounds that enhance the locations abundant western light. Residents enter through a gated drive court surrounded by 20’ high ivy clad green wall. The main lobby features a 37’ tall double height space, which is flooded with daylight through a prismatic glass wall, and is staffed with 24-hour doorman, porter, concierge, and valet parking. Other building amenities include state-of-the-art fitness center, spa, children’s play area, residents lounge, and dedicated car and bicycle parking in the cellar car park.
The tower at 551 W 21st Street consists of 44 spacious residences, most with 3 to 4 bedrooms and 11 foot ceilings. Each apartment has been completely designed from the inside out, tailoring to the specific lifestyle needs of the residents. Foster + Partners’ interior design features grand galleries, many with corner great rooms, widowed eat-in kitchens, and separate dinning rooms. The highest levels of craftsmanship and finishing are reflected in the French-inspired herringbone floors and custom millwork and kitchens designed by Foster + Partner for Molteni. The three full-floor 6,200 plus square foot penthouses offer unobstructed 360 degree views, 12 foot ceils, wood burning double-side fireplaces, adjacent club rooms and libraries, and large private terraces or loggias. The upper most penthouse includes a private rooftop terrace with a swimming pool.
The residences evoke a sense of luxury and comfort and are adapted to contemporary urban lifestyles of the highest standards. With an ever-expanding number of quality amenities and new high-technology businesses, Chelsea has become a rich multi-cultural neighborhood. With 551 W 21st Street, Foster + Partners have once again demonstrated what makes them one of the most innovative architecture and integrated design firms in the world today.
written by JORDAN MARTIN