First Look: Inside the New Project by the Architect Behind the Vessel

Bebe Howorth
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Photo credit: Colin Miller
Photo credit: Colin Miller

From ELLE Decor

Architect Thomas Heatherwick is launching another splashy New York City project. His London-based Heatherwick Studio—the wizards behind the Vessel, the gigantic sculpture-cum–spiral staircase that has become a tourist mecca at the Hudson Yards complex on Manhattan’s West Side—has recently completed its first North American residential building, in the nearby West Chelsea neighborhood.

Lantern House consists of 181 residences, divided between a 22-story and a 10-story building on either side of the famed High Line elevated park; the building’s glass-domed lobby sits underneath the promenade. The building takes its name from one of its most eye-catching elements—the faceted bay windows that mimic the shape of a lantern. The facade also features antique gray brickwork and industrial metal detailing.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Related Companies
Photo credit: Courtesy of Related Companies

We took a look inside the condo’s model apartment, which was designed by RR Interiors’ Rebecca Robertson, a former editor at Martha Stewart Living magazine and the co-author of Collected: Living With the Things You Love.

“The windows are amazing,” Robertson said. “Having essentially floor-to-ceiling windows and the beautiful shape to them, we tried to embrace that, but the bones that were there were great too.”

Robertson’s decor for the apartment incorporates elements of both Heatherwick Studio’s architectural design and the rest of the building’s interior design, by March & White. The customizable kitchens feature Gaggenau appliances, cabinetry by WJ White, and marble countertops; the flooring throughout is oak, the ceilings reach up to nearly 11 feet, and each apartment features city views through those signature windows. Talk about glow!

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