Privacy and Light Are Key, Says New York-Based Architect
“What surprises me is when I see something very unique and something that takes a position. That’s why we like to do private residences. We get to work individually. One of the most fun opportunities is to work for clients who are actually going to live there.”
The limestone façade climbs The XI In West Chelsea
The stone façade is continuing to ascend the twisting superstructures of The XI
. The unique pair of reinforced concrete towers is designed by Bjarke Ingels
of Bjarke Ingels Group
and stands immediately to the west of the High Line
in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea
. Eighty-seven of the residential units will be designed by Gilles & Boissier, while 149 will be designed by Gabellini Sheppard
. The 36- and 26-story structures topped out in March and will contain 236 condominiums and a 137-room Six Senses Hotel Resorts Spas, the first location in the United States. HFZ Capital Group
is the developer of the 908,250-square-foot project, while Omnibuild
is in charge of the ongoing construction at 76 Eleventh Avenue. Douglas Elliman
is handling sales and marketing for the residences.
Completion of The XI is expected in 2020.
"Think Carefully About the Space," says Michael Gabellini on creating a true conversation space in your home
“The best conversation areas work for the people sitting in them," said Gabellini. "They should make you feel at home and at ease whether you are with company or not.
“In terms of the layout, looser asymmetry works for a more casual space and creates a sense of blended eclecticism. More formal, classic layouts work best for sophisticated entertaining. This allows for comfortable sociability and character.
If your intent is to create conversation, make sure everyone can arrange and rearrange their own comfort zone and sitting position. It’s very hard to have a conversation when everyone is leaning and lost in depths of deep upholstery, so opt for sofas that lets you sit upright enough to feel comfortable without making you feel self-conscious.”
Be Original: 5 Questions with Michael Gabellini
The best advice you’ve ever gotten:
“You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you just might find you get what you need.” (Mick Jagger, 1969)
Your place to get creative:
I get the most creative inspiration in our studio in New York City. Our firm’s location is like a “cockpit” of design that allows us to develop projects all over the world with a growing team of international staff that sends creative ripples outward in new directions.
Favorite iconic original design:
The humble paperclip, invented in the 1870s, and the Post-It note, invented a century later, show how simple and universal design can make an object absolutely indispensable. Amazingly, neither product has changed much since they were designed all those years ago. Improvements have been made, but the original concept remains.
Favorite new original design:
James Turrell’s massive land art project, The Roden Crater. He is transforming a 400,000-year-old, 3-mile-wide crater in Arizona into a colossal, naked-eye observatory. It’s an unbelievable life’s work—a masterpiece of original creation.
What’s your design mantra:
Keep it simple
grow yourself small.