Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on August 18, 2008
One of the problems in making cities more responsive to 21st century demands is that most areas are built out already – and usually with old, inefficient buildings. The spaces that are left can be undesirable due to location and zoning demands, turning away would-be developers.
That’s where the High Line 23 building in New York’s West Chelsea arts neighborhood is making its mark. Designers had to overcome numerous problems like a small footprint and encroachment from the High Line, New York’s decrepit rail system turned park space.
The new tower, developed by Alf Naman, features 14 floors of living space surrounded by windows. Each floor is a separate apartment all of which overlook the High Line park system, and the building has three distinct facades, a rarity in New York’s built-out city blocks.
The building looks great from the outside, but let’s talk about sustainability. There is no mention of how this building is heated/cooled or where it gets its electricity. Neither is there any inkling that these apartments will be affordable to anyone but the wealthy; affordability is an oft-overlooked facet of keeping things local. But it was built to LEED Gold Certification environmental standards, which is good.
Beyond that, unless there’s more info out there that I’ve missed, the HL 23 looks cool, but is all form and no function.