Rendering of 475 West 18th Street (inset from left: renderings of LEVER Architecture’s Framework, of Rüdiger Lainer and Partner’s HoHo project, C.F. Moller ‘s HSB 2023 and MGA’s Baobab)
In some ways, a wooden condominium tower planned for Chelsea has roots in an 18th-century barn.
Chris Sharples, a principal at SHoP Architects, remembers the barn as one of his first encounters with architecture, at his childhood home in Pennsylvania’s Chester County. He recalls marveling at its beautiful, exposed wooden beams, and it’s this intimate quality of bringing the “tectonic outside” inside that he hopes to replicate at 475 West 18th Street.
“It’s just amazing that we could actually think about building mid-rise, high-rise buildings out of this very traditional material,” he said. “We’ve come full circle.” [more]