High Line Townhouse
New York City
Located directly adjacent to New York City’s unique park built on abandoned elevated train tracks, The High Line, this townhouse offers a unique location unlike any other in the city.
The zoning code restricts any new building adjacent to The High Line to be no higher than the old railroad bed. The client therefore decided to "grandfather" in the existing townhouse structure to maintain the height and embark on a complete gut renovation.
This tired Greek Revival townhouse served different uses over time: a boarding house, a multiple dwelling, and a series of art galleries on different levels. The new layout created a single family triplex residence above a two story retail space. The façade highlights the duplex retail space with a framed opening allowing views into both floors. A roof terrace and lotline windows offer the resident unique views facing the The High Line. The commercial and residential components are perfectly fitting for the changes happening to this area of Chelsea.