The High Line Goes High Concept With Solar Carve Tower

Harnessing the “angles of the sun”, Studio Gang’s innovative design is the latest jewel in a cluster of new High Line buildings.

By Jeff Vasishta March 2, 2017
Solar Carve Tower. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang

The High Line is getting high concept when it comes to surrounding buildings. It already boasts projects by Zaha Hadid Architects and Renzo Piano and the massive Hudson Yards development. The latest eyebrow raising architectural spectacle set to grace the area is the futuristic Solar Carve Tower, which is “sculpted by the angles of the sun’s ray to form the gem-like shape.”

Upon completion, the building will be 12 stories and 190 feet adjacent to the High Line on Tenth Avenue at 14th Street. As filed permits indicate, it will have 116,205 square feet of commercial space, including retail space on the lower two levels. All else will be offices with a terrace on the second floor.

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The ever-busy Studio Gang architectural team headed by Jeanne Gang are the innovators responsible for the design. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the unique building. Initially, it hit a road bump when it was deemed too large by locals and Board of Standards and Appeals. Developer William Gottlieb Real Estate applied four times before permission was granted for the striking building.

It’s more than a pretty face(es), however. It’s seeking LEED Gold certification due to its unique shape which offsets solar gain—it also maximizes views of the High Line and Hudson River—and how its green roof will help keep the building cool.

Its location will be one a block away from what will be the entrance to the equally unique Pier 55 offshore park and a couple blocks from Google’s under-construction SuperPier at Pier 57.

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The High Line has completely transformed the previously gritty Chelsea neighborhood, turning it into one of the most coveted areas in New York real estate. Running across 30th Street from 10th Avenue and curving at the West Side Highway to run up to 34th Street, the High Line offers a green sanctuary and stunning views of the Hudson River and neighboring Hudson Yards.

Studio Gang’s 2012 opening of their first New York office in Lower Manhattan has seen them secure new design projects in Manhattan including a remodeling of a section of the American Museum of Natural History and Rescue Company 2’s firehouse training facility in Brownsville, which, based on the renderings, will transform the way New York firehouses are perceived.

Of the Solar Carve, the Studio Gang website says, “In addition to producing a faceted, gem-like facade, this integrated response allows the building to benefit the important public green space of the High Line—privileging light, fresh air, and river views to the public park—while also becoming a new iconic silhouette on the New York skyline.”

Jeff Vasishta



Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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