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Building With Art Gallery, Indoor Farming Terraces Envisioned for Chelsea

By Maya Rajamani | August 12, 2016 3:28pm | Updated on August 15, 2016 8:50am
 Weston Baker Creative's hypothetical revolving glass building would rise next to the High Line.
Building With Art Gallery, Indoor Farming Terraces Envisioned for Chelsea
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CHELSEA — A revolving glass building with indoor farming terraces, apartments and an art gallery could rise next to the High Line — if a design firm’s plans materialize.

Architectural firm Weston Baker Creative designed the 12-story conceptual project “for an architecture competition that called for a farm and apartment building” for a site near West 18th Street and 10th Avenue along the High Line, the firm wrote in an email.

Pedestrians could access the second-floor art gallery, as well as an observation garden on the building’s top floor, from the High Line, the firm’s website says.

Ten levels of farming terraces would be visible from the park, according to CityRealty, which first reported on the project.


The building would be able to twist “to evenly distribute daylight throughout the day,” the firm’s site says.

All of this would be propped up on a concrete base, CityRealty reported.

“Judging by the fantastical form of the building within West Chelsea's strict zoning guidelines, the amount of space devoted to public use (usually a no-no for New York residential developers), and that the High Line prohibits direct access to private properties alongside it, it's safe to say this scheme is conceptual,” the outlet wrote.

Related Companies bought the two properties where the project would hypothetically rise back in 2014, the outlet reported, citing Crain’s New York.

The company has yet to file permits at either of the sites, the outlet said.