TEN23 is a 12-storey residential tower comprising 111 luxury rental apartments. Located on the south-west corner of 23rd Street and 10th Avenue, the building complements the landscape of Chelsea, a diverse neighbourhood filled with galleries, restaurants, fashion retailers and sport facilities lining the Hudson River. TEN23 offers units ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, with each home showcasing impressive interior design components, including fully-equipped, modern kitchens and bathrooms. The façade is a stunning composition of translucent glass, set within an ornamental cast-in-place concrete frame. Based on the number ten, the playful pattern is formed by layering decagons next to each other. The straightforward aesthetic juxtaposes smooth glass and aluminium window units alongside the textured surface of structural concrete, highlighting the strengths of both elements.
To create a connection between the adjacent High Line and TEN23, the architects incorporated multiple terraces and roof gardens. TEN23’s outdoor components feature a roof lawn, outdoor furniture and cabanas for al fresco gatherings, a grill for easy entertaining, as well as state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment for outdoor films. The set-back terrace facing the High Line also features “Urban Rattle,” a sculpture by the internationally renowned artist Charlie Hewitt that was created especially for TEN23. The building with its sculpture engages with the High Line by serving as public art and establishing itself as a destination for High Line visitors.
The decorative relief on the façade was created by means of poured concrete, incorporating a patterned synthetic form liner placed inside the formwork. The concrete was poured into the hollow form with the liner inside and set until hardened. The formwork, used over and over again as the construction rose floor-by-floor, was instrumental in implementing a green building process.
Environmentally conscious construction methods, along with a variety of eco-friendly materials, finishes and appliances, have earned TEN23 a Silver Award from the National Green Building Standard. As part of the façade, the building showcases white translucent glass Solera panels that provide the apartments with an abundance of diffused natural light, while insulating them with space-age “nanogel” insulation. The mass of the concrete structure has a heat tempering effect that limits heat gain during the summer months. The decorative nature of cast-in-place concrete is appealing to the eye and saves time and material, since no additional cladding is necessary.
Enriching its surroundings with architecture, art and landscape, TEN23 has successfully established itself as a signature building along the High Line Park.