Related Rentals announces the launch of Abington House on the High Line, its newest and most architecturally significant residential rental building designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects with interiors by Clodagh Design. Offering 312 thoughtfully crafted residences, the 33-story brick and steel building is perfectly positioned in West Chelsea, offering residents breathtaking views of the High Line, the Hudson River, and the Manhattan skyline. Inspired by the industrial past of the area, Abington House proudly juxtaposes the energetic modernity and industrial strength of the surrounding neighborhood. Abington House was co-developed by Related Companies and Abington Properties.
“Abington House on the High Line provides a perfectly curated luxury offering to meet the demands of today’s sophisticated rental market in what has become New York’s most exciting and energetic neighborhood,” said Daria Salusbury, senior vice president and head of luxury leasing for Related Companies. “Abington House represents where modern living meets industrial design at the High Line. In addition to the building’s stand-out architecture and design, residents can expect the superior service Related is known for, and a full suite of interior and exterior amenity spaces unlike any residential offering in the area.”
Located in the thriving neighborhood of West Chelsea, Abington House sits directly adjacent to the High Line Park, is blocks away from the lively Chelsea arts scene and storied galleries and is central to noted restaurants, hotels and shopping destinations and the soon-to-open Whitney Museum.
"Abington Properties’ vision of the exterior facade of Abington House was to pay homage to the industrial integrity of the Meatpacking and Chelsea neighborhoods, while the interiors provide the highest standard of modern technology and luxury amenities for discerning New Yorkers," said Linda Berley, partner of Abington Properties.
The building's highly identifiable massing and facades were designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The facades innovatively adapt an industrial vocabulary of metal casement windows and black metal-framed panels of variegated red brick with black glazed brick accents to the tall building type. The massing of rectangular volumes is punctuated by four-story bays of stacked French balconies. South- and west-facing apartments offer magnificent views to the High Line. The tower culminates in a bold crown that carries the simple form of the building to the sky. Ismael Leyva Architects PC served as the Architect of Record and was responsible for the design of the residential layouts.
"In an evolving cityscape in which many new buildings seem to compete for self-importance, our building responds to the industrial character that attracted people to the High Line neighborhood in the first place," said Robert A.M. Stern. "It was our intention to design the building to look like it belongs, perhaps to look like it has always been there."
The warm, modern and zen-like feel of the interiors is the hallmark of Clodagh Design, the visionary behind some of the world’s most lavish spas and luxurious hotels, including Miraval Resort & Spa in Arizona and W Fort Lauderdale, and residential properties for Related such as The Caledonia and 225 Rector Place.
Clodagh said, “My vision and mission for Abington House was to create a building with a sense of place dedicated to the wellness and joy of the residents, staff and visitors, capturing the muscular intrigue of the High Line and referencing it in the interior finishes. One of my mantras is to always ‘bring the outside in and the inside out’ seamlessly connecting buildings to their environment. I believe that all good residential buildings should contain not only interesting and well appointed apartments, but also a necklace of hospitable experiences within the building so that a person living in an 800 square foot one bedroom apartment can enjoy thousands of square feet of amenity space, with a variety of different moods and experiences being made available to them within the micro-community.”
Clodagh also curated a compelling art program for the building. Residents and visitors are welcomed to Abington House at both the 29th Street entrance and the 30th Street entrance by two garnet concrete Urban Dogs with perky tails and friendly faces created specifically for the building by renowned artist Terence Main. A glass clad vestibule twenty feet high flanked by soaring end grain mesquite clad walls under a ceiling canopy luminous with tubular lights banded with copper and steel highlights a concrete berber “rug”.
Reclaimed wood surrounds a vast double height fireplace soaring from the club floor below. The lobby, with lavish seating areas, also features Yangtze limestone with fascinating fossils of water creatures and steel beams that reference the High Line. A cascade of enormous circular lights in the lobby distribute energy down the corridor and lights placed behind repurposed teak slatted ceiling, cast brilliant rays and shadow making the corridor to the elevators, entertainment lounges, and office like walking under a pergola.
Two additional light-filled entertainment lounges are also located on the ground floor offering long communal tables, luxurious seating and catering kitchens that offer ample space for entertaining and gathering. The club floor below features a nearly 4,000 square foot private residents-only fitness facility by Equinox®, beautifully designed lounge spaces with roaring fireplace and ample seating along with five iMac computers. An adjacent lounge, The Sanctuary, offers a respite for residents with acoustically treated walnut wall, a linen wrapped ceiling and enveloping seating to relax in solitude or with friends.
Throughout the building, carefully curated artwork by Daniel Aubry, Espen Eiborg, Tomas Nittner, Peter O’Kennedy, Tim Prentice, Freddy Reitz, and Mandy Stobo enhance circulation and energy. Alberto Amura served as Feng Shui consultant on the building ensuring a felling of harmony and balance. Residents will also enjoy three spacious landscaped terraces including a BBQ terrace and split level garden terrace directly overlooking the High Line and an upper level lush sun terrace. Dog City, a new concept in urban dog care launched at MiMA, will offer on-site professionally staffed training, grooming, walking services, scheduled play dates and more. A landscaped courtyard off 29th Street is framed by the High Line.
Designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, it provides a dramatic entrance to the building’s light-filled lobby. The courtyard features a large scale Katsura tree, Dawn Redwoods, Larch, Redbud, Dogwood, fragrant Sumac and Willow Oak trees, wild grasses and Mountain Pine shrubs. The courtyard offers convenient drop off for residents and easy access to the building’s garage. A canopied entrance on 30th Street likewise opens into the through-block lobby.
Adhering to Related’s nationwide commitment to green development and wellness initiatives, Abington House is designed to meet LEED Gold standards, will offer green cleaning services and is a smoke-free living environment. The building offers a mix of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom residences with open living and dining spaces. All homes feature oak floors, custom walnut cabinetry, a suite of stainless steel appliances, in-residence washers and dryers, spacious custom closets and limestone-accented bathrooms. Related’s acclaimed commitment to service is fully demonstrated throughout Abington House.
A Service Specialist, a 24-hour concierge, doorman and on-site valet, parking and bike storage are just the beginning. Residents will have a personal assistant to handle every detail of their move from choosing the best moving service to handling utility and technology set-up for their home and to provide ongoing assistance with restaurant reservations, theater tickets, personal appointment bookings and other requests. Residents can also utilize electronic payment or pay their rent via credit card and earn valuable rewards. Abington House residents will also have the very latest in technology offerings including WiFi in all of the common areas and access to the latest in high speed internet service. A distribution antenna system (DAS) enhances cell phone service throughout the building and ensures residents regardless of carrier will have seamless cellular coverage. Model residences have been created by Clodagh Design and Jonathan Adler. Studio residences start at $3,000 a month, one bedrooms start at $3,900 a month and two bedrooms residences start at $5,400 a month.
For more information, please visit AbingtonHouseNYC.com, call 212-500-0800 or visit the on-site leasing center at 29th Street and 10th Avenue.
About Related Companies: Related Companies is the most prominent privately-owned real estate firm in the United States. Formed over 40 years ago, Related is a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance, marketing and sales. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo and Shanghai and boasts a team of over 2,000 professionals. The Company’s existing portfolio of real estate assets, valued at over $15 billion, is made up of best-in-class developments in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets across all asset classes. The company has dramatically redefined the concept of metropolitan luxury by introducing extraordinary residential rental properties in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and New York City. With each new building, Related has been hailed for setting new standards of excellence in the luxury rental marketplace. To ensure that every resident in every Related building enjoys the very finest services, unsurpassed amenities, and a luxury lifestyle without compromise, Related Companies takes great pride in managing every building it owns. Related owns and manages The Caledonia, MiMA, One MiMA Tower, The Lyric, One Carnegie Hill, One Union Square South, Riverwalk Crossing, The Sierra, The Strathmore, The Tate, Tribeca Green, Tribeca Park, Tribeca Tower, The Westminster and The Westport in New York City (and manages 1214 Fifth Avenue, The Ventura and 89 Murray also in New York City), One Back Bay and The Arlington in Boston, 500 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and The Paramount in San Francisco. Related also owns an extensive portfolio of workforce and affordable housing across 17 states and has several new rental developments underway across the country. For more information about Related Companies please visit www.related.com
About Abington Properties: Abington Properties is a family owned and operated Real Estate Management and Development Company that has been doing business in New York City for three generations. The Pride we take in our buildings is a key component to our company’s success. We built and manage all of the properties in our Manhattan portfolio, which are located in prime neighborhoods including TriBeCa, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park, Flatiron and the Upper East Side. Everyone doing business with Abington will experience unmatched personal and professional service. All of our properties and building systems are impeccably maintained and kept in perfect working order. For more information on Abington Properties, please visit http://www.abingtonproperties.com/