The sky’s the limit: Bjarke Ingels lands a pair of slanting towers on the High Line

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(Courtesy BIG)

76 Eleventh Avenue (Courtesy BIG)

Clearly, higher ups at the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) are channeling beloved New York rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s approach to urban space. The firm’s recent high-profile commissions (hello, Pittsburgh!) reflect Biggie’s mantra: “the sky is the limit, and [you] know that you can have what you want, be what you want, have what you want, be what you want,” ad infinitum.

Now, Ingels is again looking skyward with a new project along New York’s High Line.

76 Eleventh Avenue (Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

Today, YIMBY reported that BIG has released preliminary renderings for its project on the High Line, at Eleventh Avenue and 17th Street. The eastern tower will rise 28 floors (302 feet) adjacent to its 38 story (402 feet) western sibling. The buildings will feature 300 apartments (most with two and three bedrooms), retail space, and a hotel.

Apartments will sit above a three-level, 150,000-square-foot hotel, and 50,00 square feet of ground floor retail. HFZ Capital paid an astonishing $870 million for the site last summer.

The tower’s aggressive diagonal cut will allow views of the High Line from the southern side of the western tower.

The project’s expected completion date is 2018. Just keep pressin’ on, BIG.

Just as newsworthy, perhaps: Why has it taken BIG so long to land a High Line commission alongside fellow starchitects Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, and countless others?

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

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