Bjarke Ingels’ twin towers along the High Line get a rethink with new twisty renderings

Architecture East News
(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

2015 was a big year for for the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), but 2016 may be even BIG-ger. New renderings were revealed this week for 76 Eleventh Avenue, Bjarke Ingels‘ towers on the High Line in New York City. These new views are quite a lot different than images of the diamond-shaped towers that surfaced last November.

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Renderings of 76 Eleventh Avenue from November 2015. (Courtesy BIG)

At 28 and 38 stories, the towers are the same heights as before. It seems the developers, HFZ Capital, haven’t finalized the program.

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

The base will still include 85,000 square feet of retail, but office space may replace the hotel portion included in the project when it was first reported. Whatever arrangement HFZ decides on, it needs to be lucrative enough to recoup the (astonishing) $870 million that the site was purchased for in April 2014.

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

Nevertheless, EB-5 materials received by real estate blog YIMBY indicate that the base will hold 85,000 square feet of retail space, 130 hotel rooms, 100 parking spaces, and 260 apartments on the upper floors.

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

These are not the architect’s only twisted towers. Construction on the Grove at Grand Bay, in Coconut Grove, Florida, is well underway. The two, 20-story towers swoop into scoliotic, 38-degree curves to optimize ocean views. Ingels posted a photo of the development’s outdoor canopy on Instagram yesterday, pictured below.

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

2016 will be the year to see how the firm’s bumper crop of projects from the past five years come to fruition. AN is on the lookout for updates to the Pittsburgh master plan, the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, the “courtscraper,” the Redskins’ new stadium (maybe), and Two World Trade Center, among other projects.

Grove at Grand Bay (Courtesy BIG)

Grove at Grand Bay (Courtesy BIG)

"The Grove canopy coming soon" (bjarkeingels / Instagram)

“The Grove canopy coming soon” (bjarkeingels / Instagram)

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