Architecture

Major Developments, Starchitecture, Upper East Side

249 East 62nd Street, Upper East Side, Rafael Vinoly

Rendering of 249 East 62nd Street via Rafael Viñoly Architects

First announced over a year ago and later approved by the city’s Department of Buildings in September, Rafael Viñoly’s residential project planned for 249 East 62nd Street moved forward this week after the architect released a new rendering. As YIMBY reported, the 510-foot building will feature retail and a townhouse at its base, with apartments above it through the 12th floor. The uniqueness of this project’s design lies with its 150-foot-tall octagonally-shaped core, aimed at raising the height of upper-level apartments without counting it toward usable square footage.

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hudson yards, Major Developments, Midtown West, More Top Stories, New Developments, Starchitecture

Rendering of Hudson Yards. Image: Danny Forster Design Studio

Though starchitect Frank Gehry threatened to flee to France after the 2016 election, he’ll likely be sticking around to design new towers at the Hudson Yards mega-development on Manhattan’s west side; Gehry and fellow controversial architect Santiago Calatrava are among those chosen to work on the residential western section of Related Cos. and Oxford Properties’ 28-acre complex, according to a source close to the project who spoke with the Wall Street Journal.

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Architecture, Design, Top Stories, Urban Design, West Village 

pier 40, DFA, rising sea levels, future new york

Local multidisciplinary creative firm DFA has come up with a concept for the rehabilitation of Manhattan’s rapidly disintegrating Pier 40 that would provide housing and other services, but would also adapt to the predicted rising sea levels of future New York City. Dezeen reports on the firm’s fascinating idea for a future-proof housing, commercial and recreation complex that rises from the Hudson River in the West Village and would be able to remain above water in the event of rising sea levels, while addressing the city’s dire need for affordable housing and the ability to resist flooding as a result of climate change.

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Chelsea, condos, New Developments, Starchitecture

scda, 515 west 29th street, high line

Rendering via Neoscape

A swath of new renderings of SCDA Architects’ condo tower was released this week, more than three years after the project was first announced in 2014. As Curbed NY learned, the new renderings of the building, located, at 515 West 29th Street, show a glass fin facade and the interiors of the 15 planned apartments, including five penthouses. Forum Absolute Capital Partners is developing the tower, dubbed Five One Five, which will contain two- and three-bedroom units ranging from $4.3 million to $8.5 million. CORE is handling sales and marketing.

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Architecture, New Developments, Rentals, Williamsburg

325 Kent, Domino, Two Trees, SHOP Architects, Williamsburg

Photo: Adrian Gaut

Now that the doughnut-shaped 16-story waterfront rental building at 325 Kent Avenue is nearly complete, you can take a look at some seductive new snaps of interiors and amenity spaces to see if it lives up to the hype. The first structure at the 11-acre Domino Sugar Factory site to open, the 522-unit riverfront tower brings something new to ogle to the famously rezoned Williamsburg neighborhood’s veritable city of glassy condo towers that surround the landmarked Refinery building.

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Architecture, Features, History, Long Island City, Urban Design

NYC 2012 Olympic VIllage Morphosis, NYC 2012 Olympics, Morphosis, Long Island CIty, Hunters Point

Renderings of the winning design by Morphosis

With the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea kicking off in just two days, we can’t help but think what an incredible 17 days it would have been if they were here in New York City (logistical concerns aside). The city came closest in 2004 when it was chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as one of the five finalists to host the 2012 Olympics. London, Paris, Moscow and Madrid were the other four. Splashy renderings planted 27 venues across all five boroughs, New Jersey and Long Island, but the winning, and perhaps most eye-catching, proposal was the Olympic Village in Long Island City’s Hunter’s Point South by Thom Mayne’s Morphosis.

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Architecture, Art, Design, hudson yards

the shed, hudson yard, shed opening

Rendering by NLÉ Works

About one year before opening in the spring of 2019, The Shed, the art center rising near Hudson Yards, will present a free event on an undeveloped lot at 10th Avenue and 30th Street. The multi-arts exhibit will happen between May 1st to May 13th, just one block away from the center’s future home. “We are temporarily transforming an empty lot into a flexible public space for new work, collaboration, and dialogue,” Alex Poots, CEO of The Shed said in a press release. That means a cool temporary space, designed by the architect Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ Works and artist Tino Sehgal, to host a variety of music, dance and performance.

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Architecture, Midtown

Tourists visiting the Empire State Building will soon be able to lighten their load and leave the selfie stick at home. As part of the refurbishment of the famous landmark’s 102nd-floor observation deck, Beyer Blinder Belle plans to install external mounted “selfie” cameras on select windows. As YIMBY first reported, the camera will have a fisheye lens, providing sight-seers a picture-perfect image with themselves wrapped in the Manhattan skyline.

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Architecture, Green Design, Major Developments, New Jersey

michael green architecture, timber building, newark

Lotus Equity Group announced on Monday plans to bring the largest mass timber office building in the United States to the Newark waterfront. Michael Green Architecture has been tapped to design the 500,000-square-foot office building made with a wooden structure for Riverfront Square, a massive mixed-use development proposed for the Broad Street corridor of the Jersey neighborhood, according to the Wall Street Journal. The building will rise in three separate sections to six, eight and 11 stories tall and have a concrete foundation. Its columns, exterior panels,  elevators, stairwells and floor systems will be made of mass timber. Interiors will boast exposed wood with a facade covered in metal panels, brick or wood.

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Architecture, Downtown Brooklyn, New Developments

138 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn Point, City Point, NYC highest rooftop pool, Extell

Brooklyn Point renderings via Williams New York

It’s no surprise that the supertall savants at Extell–who are currently constructing the 1,550-foot Central Park Tower as the world’s tallest residential building–used their first foray into Brooklyn to smash yet another sky-high record. The Post reports that the developer’s City Point tower, dubbed Brooklyn Point, will boast the highest rooftop pool in the entire city. Sitting at the top of the 720-foot luxury condo at 138 Willoughby Street, it will be a 27-foot-long saltwater infinity pool, complete with a full lounge area, a stargazing observatory, and space for outdoor movie screenings.

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