HFZ Capital Group announced today that Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, the Bangkok-based operator of a collection of five-star hospitality properties in some of the world’s most idyllic locations, will open its flagship North American urban hotel at the developer’s full block mixed-use development project under construction at 76 11th Avenue.
The overall project, named The Eleventh and slated to open in 2019, features two towers between the High Line and Hudson River designed by award-winning architecture firm, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).
The architecture draws inspiration from New York City’s classic Modernist structures and cultural institutions, while skewing traditional skyscraper geometry with rotating forms that maximize views from both towers.
The stone and metal facades will add a dynamic yet harmonious twist to a vibrant West Chelsea neighborhood that has become known around the world for its groundbreaking contemporary architecture.
The punched window openings, meanwhile, are a nod to the past, a reference to the historic industrial buildings of the neighborhood and nearby Meatpacking District.
The towers will be the tallest buildings in West Chelsea at approximately 300 and 400 feet tall, creating 360-degree vistas of the High Line, Hudson River and downtown and midtown Manhattan skylines.
In addition to bringing a new five-star hotel to downtown Manhattan, The Eleventh will offer a ” comprehensive luxury lifestyle” that will to resonate domestically and abroad, with five-star hotel and spa services and views from each of the 240 residences.
Friends of the High Line is also collaborating with HFZ on a public open-air pedestrian promenade on the site that will run adjacent to the High Line.
“When we acquired the last major downtown development site in 2015 we had a blank slate to create a new neighborhood on one of the world’s most valuable and desired pieces of land. We immediately began seeking collaborators that would meet our vision and enhance it,” said HFZ Capital Group Chairman and Founder Ziel Feldman.
“It’s an urban location, yet our site is flanked by the greenery of the High Line and the calm of the Hudson River. Six Senses operates some of the most beautiful eco-conscious resorts in the world and we knew they were the right partner to explore that connection to nature and create something unique to New York City.”
The Six Senses U.S. hotel will be a signature addition to the collection, joining resort properties in Thailand, Maldives, Oman, Portugal and elsewhere. Six Senses currently operates 10 resorts and 28 spas.
Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P., the New York-based private equity fund that acquired Six Senses Hotels Reports Spas in 2012, is also a partner in the development project with HFZ. “We’ve long admired HFZ’s portfolio of properties and they are the perfect partner to bring the Six Senses DNA to a thriving metropolis,” said Craig Cogut, chairman and president of Pegasus.
“Partnering with HFZ also means that we are working with an organization with the same passion for design, sustainability and wellness. Over the past three years we have been developing a series of innovative wellness programs that live within our Six Senses Integrated Wellness offerings. Taking these personalized health and spa experiences to New York and combining them with our unique approach to design, building and guest experience will create an exciting footprint in this amazing city,” added Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas CEO Neil Jacobs.
Six Senses New York will be located within the East Tower of The Eleventh and feature 137 keys and a large spa, with condominium residences above. The West Tower, the taller of the two, will be entirely dedicated to condominium residences.