Exterior work is nearly complete at Alchemy Properties‘ 35 XV is nearly complete, and cladding has wrapped up along the majority of the structure; the only side of the building that remains semi-bare is the tower’s east-facing wall. The architect is FXFOWLE.
YIMBY toured 35 XV back in January, and the views from the building are impressive; the ‘Skymark’ stands relatively alone, at 35 West 15th Street. The development’s mid-block location on the southern edge of Chelsea ensures it is removed from structures that would otherwise obstruct views, and the vistas from upper floors are comprehensive.
From the ground, 35 XV offers a refreshing take on contemporary architecture, and its sleek, jewel-like form is enhanced by the contrast with surrounding pre-war structures. While modern buildings are relatively rare in the surrounding blocks, Alchemy’s tower does an excellent job of integrating into both the street-scape and the skyline; the metal accents along the windows give the appearance of beveled edges, and the facade bears a similarity to Extell’s International Gem Tower, located thirty blocks to the north.
Clearly, the Gem Tower and 35 XV are from different worlds — and the towers are dedicated to different uses — but taken together, the buildings could herald a new trend in contemporary design. Improving technology allows much greater versatility with glass, and the progression of modern architecture towards texture-driven facades could re-humanize cutting-edge design; another example of ‘window depth’ can be found in 475 Park Avenue South.
Completion of 35 West 15th Street — which stands 24 stories in total, and has 55 residences — is slated for later this year.
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