In architecture, research and concept come long before building and design, but more often than not architects don’t have the chance to execute their ideas to the fullest extent when managing client expectations. But New York-based architect Steven Holl didn’t have that issue with his Ex of In House, a small guest house-turned-experimental site on the property of his personal Hudson Valley residence. The 918-square-foot structure is part of the firm’s Explorations of “IN” research project, which questions “current clichés of architectural language and commercial practice.” Here, they wanted to explore “a language of space, aimed at inner spatial energy strongly bound to the ecology of the place.”
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As New York City’s population continues to grow, so does its skyline. This change isn’t only going on in NYC, but also in other major cities across the country. Rentcafe.com wanted to show the shifting skylines of these urban centers in the last decade, selecting “the most striking skyline transformations to take place recently in America’s expanding cities.” To demonstrate the change, the site used time-lapse slides of “the best real estate developments built in the U.S. in the last decade or so.” These included five in New York City, in the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
When writers and artists–particularly ones who have a keen understanding of cities–venture into the world of maps, you can bet the results will be fascinating and illuminating. “Nonstop Metropolis,” a new atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (6sqft recently discovered the “City of Women” subway map from the book) offers 26 New York City maps that “cue us into understanding who is here” according to Solnit. As Wired puts it in their review, the result is “a diverse array of deeply particular maps” that combine imaginative and fanciful imagery with the colorful cultural history beneath the city’s diverse neighborhoods and landmarks and the people who live among them.
Gowanus Canal cleanup yields sunken boats and a tree; ‘Naked Trump’ statue sells for $22K at auction, Today, October 25, 2016
- Using a 100,000-pound hydraulic excavator, crews started debris removal at the Gowanus Canal. So far they’ve uncovered two boats, a tree, and countless random objects like tires and bikes. [DNAinfo]
- What nine shoppers wore to the Williamsburg Whole Foods. [NYT]
- Remember that “Naked Trump” statue that appeared in Union Square and then near the Holland Tunnel? It just sold for $22,000 at auction. [Art Daily]
- Five sites of “dark tourism” in NYC. [Untapped]
- Columbia’s controversial Manhattanville campus in West Harlem, which will cost $6.3 billion, held a dedication yesterday at its Renzo Piano-designed science center. [Gothamist]
- Amid an attendance slump, the Yankees are renovating their seven-year-old stadium. [NY1]
Images: Gowanus Canal via 6sqft (L); Naked Trump via therealdnig/Instagram (R)
For only $825,000 you can own a home fit for a princess, or at least for a governor’s daughter. The Emma Flower Taylor Mansion is the historic Watertown home of its namesake and her husband John Byron Taylor. The 14,000-square-foot residence was built in 1896 as a wedding present from Mrs. Taylor’s father, former New York Governor and financier Roswell Pettibone Flower. He recruited acclaimed architects Lamb and Rich to create the palace-like home perfect for his only daughter. Today, the 14 bedroom, nine bathroom mansion is divided into eight separate apartments; however, it has still retained the regal Victorian look that’s made this home a cherished piece of New York history.
‘Talk Stoop’ host Cat Greenleaf selling $3M Boerum Hill townhouse with reclaimed beams from a Catskills barn, Today, October 25, 2016
If the stoop of this Greek Revival brick rowhouse at 92 Wyckoff Street in Boerum Hill looks familiar, that’s because it belongs to Cat Greenleaf, host of NBC’s “Talk Stoop” talk show where she interviews celebrities on her front steps (h/t Curbed). She and husband Michael Rey bought the home in 2006 for $850,000, and have now listed it for just a hair under $3 million. This comes after a significant renovation that outfitted the charming house with wide-plank wood floors, barn doors, exposed brick walls, and a mix of the original ceiling beams paired with those reclaimed from a Catskills barn.
These days if an architect were to ask a developer “What’s your sign?” they probably wouldn’t be taken very seriously. But in the early 1900s, it was an entirely different story.
A century ago, wealthy industrialists, bankers, businessmen and civic planners were erecting opulent buildings with the help of top architects and artists. And in addition to elaborate ornamentation, celestial ceilings with zodiac symbols were also requested in a number of iconic building designs. Ahead we point out six historic New York area buildings where you can still encounter these astral vestiges.
An estimate by the New York Building Congress has construction spending in 2016 at more than $43.1 billion, beating the $41.6 billion high of 2007 and reflecting a 26 percent increase from last year’s $34.4 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports. The surge in construction, led by mega-project Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side and public projects like the Second Avenue Subway, has led to rising construction costs and an attendant surge in the demand for skilled labor, bringing workers to the city from all over the U.S.
Each decade in the New York metropolitan area about 500,000 people are buried in cemetery plots, taking up a dwindling amount of land and outputting cremation smog into the air. With this growing issue in mind, a trans-disciplinary research and design group at Columbia University known as DeathLab has been working for the past five years to reconceive “how we live with death in the metropolis.” One of their proposals is Constellation Park, a system of hundreds of burial pods suspended under the Manhattan Bridge that together create a twinkling public park. Atlas Obscura shared the design, which, if built, could reportedly accommodate around 10 percent of city deaths a year.
There’s nothing that makes a New Yorker jealous like a sprawling, decked-out backyard. And this one at 11 Charlton Street in Soho is sure to induce plenty of envy. It’s a 1,000-square-foot “garden oasis” (as the listing dubs it) outfitted with a koi pond, Magnolia trees, two outdoor sheds and a BBQ. With two big windows between the garden and this one bedroom, now asking $1.56 million, the apartment pulls a little of the outdoors inside.
In 2010, fashion designer Alexander Wang bought his Tribeca loft at 39 Worth Street for $2 million from former New York Times Style writer Holly Brubach. He then undertook a gut renovation with decorator Ryan Korban that resulted in an “industrial chic” space that embodies his love of black and his line’s signature minimalist, urban vibes, as seen through details like a furry furniture, zebra rugs, leather pillows, and mirrored wall panels. Wang listed the 2,550-square-foot home for $3.75 million in May, and the Observer now reports that it’s gone into contract for $3.5 million.
Ashley Olsen went into contract on a luxe two-bedroom spread at 37 East 12th Street in May. The Greenwich Village apartment had been listed for $7.1 million, but the Observer confirms that the single twin has now closed on the home for $6.75 million. The 19th century cast-iron building was converted to six full-floor boutique condos, and this privacy is what reportedly enticed Olsen. The prime Village location probably didn’t hurt either considering she and sis Mary Kate named their clothing line The Row after the famous stretch of rowhouses along Washington Square Park.