Inside Thomas Heatherwick’s Lantern House in New York
We offer the first view inside the luxury residential development of Thomas Heatherwick Lantern House in New York, with interiors designed by MAWD
Construction of one of New York’s most anticipated residential achievements, Thomas Heatherwick’s Lantern House, is gaining momentum. The project, commissioned by Related Companies in 2015, is located in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, close to the prestigious green and open spaces of the High Line. Now the developers have released the lush amenity interiors designed by interior specialists MAWD – adding options to the city’s luxury residential landscape.
It was crucial that eye-catching architecture and clever interiors worked together in harmony, says MAWD co-founder James White. “The High Line crosses – literally – space,” he said, “cutting the two towers, [while its] steel beams descend into the hall. Anything other than an authentic, layered integration with the surrounding neighborhood would have been misguided, so we maintained a warm, neutral color palette through various textures, focusing on quality and character.
“For example, in all of the equipment, we incorporated BenchMark mixed bricks to match the exterior façade, paired with a gray herringbone polished Eramosa stone floor and custom bronze patinated metals. The result is a layered richness that feels harmonious and cohesive. ‘
MAWD’s other co-founder, Elliot March, adds, “Great design isn’t about spaces; it’s about people. The team drew inspiration from the local community – and the residents themselves – rather than specific architectural styles or periods. It was important for designers to create spaces where people will live, move, work and play – and eventually make them their own.
Combining an urban and cosmopolitan attitude with a local approach, as well as the lifestyle and liveliness of the West Chelsea neighborhood was the key to the solution. Flexibility was just as important – as a result, coworking spaces turn into entertainment spaces at night.
“Lantern House has always been meant to be one of New York’s most eye-catching buildings,” says March. “Our challenge was to translate the iconic exterior into a comfortable and aesthetically aligned interior. We wanted to design timeless, luxurious and comfortable interiors that complement the architect’s vision and the residents’ lifestyles, as well as the High Line setting. It’s always a privilege to design someone’s home, especially when it comes to a project as unique as this. ‘ §