There’s always a new luxury tower being built in New York City boasting stunning views and exclusivity. The latest luxury residency to pop up is the XI Hotel and Residencies in west Chelsea. But beyond the glass façade and glossy branding, a look inside reveals more than your typical sleek condo.
The building, which spells out the number 11 in roman numerals, is being called “The Eleventh.” It’s a full-block, mixed-use building featuring over 55,000 square feet of hotel, spa and wellness facilities. The Eleventh will contain 236 condominium residences and over 30,000 square feet of retail space that will be leased out by the HFZ Capital Group.
Ziel Feldman, Chairman and Founder of HFZ Capital Group, said the building is defining what he calls “the new luxury.”
With foot traffic from the nearby High Line, the twisting towers will attract not only architecture and design fans, but lifestyle and wellness brands to occupy the high-traffic ground level and second floor retail spaces that are up for lease.
While the building isn’t slated to open until 2022, it’s well underway. These twin twisting towers will bring a hotel from Thai wellness brand Six Senses, which will also have a healthy restaurant facing 10th Avenue, serving locally-sourced ingredients. Above, the hotel will be residences that occupy the top 10 floors of the XI building’s two towers in Hudson Yards.
The Six Senses guestrooms are designed resort-style by Parisian design firm Gilles & Boissier, who each room a contemporary twist. The Six Senses Spa introduces high-end wellness treatments with contactless tech in a wooden surrounding that is curated to cater to everyone.
“We are setting a new precedent for architecture, design and lifestyle in downtown Manhattan, in a world-class location squarely between the High Line and Hudson River,” said Feldman, who calls their approach “a forward-thinking, environmentally-conscious mentality that makes no compromise on quality and service.”
On the hotel front, Pegasus Capital Advisors, a New York-based private equity fund, has partnered with HFZ to develop the hotel. Sustainability is a main priority, as they’re looking to certify the building as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
They’re not alone. This Manhattan condo is among the latest wave of luxury residencies that brings the five star hotel experience to luxury condos — far beyond Billionaire’s Row. There are the five-star hotels that are selling and renting residences (Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, Ritz-Carlton’s top floors of its NoMad location and even new residences from Aman Resorts and the Four Seasons Private Residences).
With more and more condos in New York that are offering hotel living, some industry experts are calling these ultra-luxe, branded condos a new trend that is taking over in Manhattan.
Another hotel-like condo opening soon in New York is called the Leyton, which is slated to open this fall in the Upper East Side.
“The Leyton was inspired by the intimacy and ambiance of a boutique hotel; from its design to its amenities and services that residents will enjoy,” said Caroline McDonald, the marketing director at Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing, which is working on the Leyton. “No resident request will be unattainable.”
The Six Senses team at the XI share the same sensibility.
“Six Senses New York will make no compromises on our commitment to community, wellness, sustainability and design,” said Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas CEO Neil Jacobs.
The design of the building is meant to mix the old and the new, looking back to the past while remaining hopeful for the future. Design of the building was a collaboration between the Bjarke Ingels Group, Gabellini Sheppard, Gilles & Boissier and Enea, a landscape architecture firm based in Brooklyn.
According to Ingels, it’s a unique project rooted in the art of transformation.
“What makes architecture interesting to me, is that architecture always deals with existing conditions, I’ve never drawn on an empty canvas,” Ingels said in a promotional video released by XI properties. “In the case of XI Chelsea, our site is blessed in many ways because we have the High Line on one side and the Hudson River on the other side; we’re also finding ourselves at the heart of this radical transformation of New York.”
The property is also influenced by local buildings in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District,
which Ingels and his team then “reinterpreted.” It’s modern meets classic New York, in a way.
“We’ve taken a timeless sensibility and applied it to a building that has a rational rigor around it,” he said.
According to Ingels, the bare bones of the building is made of travertine, a kind of beige-hued limestone rock, while the frames of the windows are made of bronze. The windows, he said, are as large as possible to create the best views in the city. “To maximize the windows, we’ve optimized the orientation, so they turn and twist among one another.”
It’s certainly a building that goes out of the ordinary. “What’s left is the simplest possible
canvas for future residents,” he said. “It’s up to every resident to pick up where we left off.”