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Chelsea Park Tree of Life


260 West 26th Street
New York, NY

Project Scope



Shay Alster AIA



Photo Credits

Elliot Kaufman


  • 2015 Big Apple Brownfield Award for Green Building
  • Silver Brick in Architecture Award

Architecture Inspired by Chelsea's Creative Culture

Chelsea Park was inspired by the art galleries and the vibrant Chelsea community in New York City. The 12-story mixed-use multifamily residential building was completed in July 2013. The project goals were to construct a high livability, amenity rich, and sustainable building that sets a new standard of residential multifamily buildings in Chelsea. The building totals 215,000 SF (181,850 SF of residential space and 31,065 SF of commercial space). There are 204 units of which 41 are affordable housing which meets the program goals of a mixed-use building in which 20% of the units are affordable.

The building was designed to be compositional; the 8th story is set back creating a blocky massing for the 215 foot-long facade. Light color brick was used on the upper setback floors to make the building appear lighter. Precast stone frames the floor to ceiling windows. Smaller brick volumes were designed to break down the massing and reveal a metal vocabulary between them, resulting in a varied composition of mass and materiality that adds to the contemporary feel. The building interior’s grey scheme references the galleries by using grey concrete floors in the lobby, thin brick veneer on the walls in the lounge, and scored walls as background surfaces for presenting art work.

Tree of Life Chelsea Park is a LEED Silver Building.

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