Architecture, condos, Major Developments, New Developments, Rentals, Starchitecture, Upper West Side 

Three Waterline Square. Photos: Noe Associates with The Boundary (left), CityRealty (right)

Rafael Viñoly’s tapering, pinstriped Three Waterline Square has topped out construction, CityRealty reports, and Richard Meier’s neighboring One Waterline Square is rapidly approaching its final 36-story height. Construction crews pitched an American flag atop the nearly-400-foot-tall Viñoly-designed building signifying that vertical construction is complete. 6sqft has previously reported on the trio of glassy residential towers known as Waterline Square, highlighting the starchitect designs and amazing amenities of the under-construction West Side additions.

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Design, Starchitecture

new museum, OMA, new museum expansion

231 Bowery sits next to the New Museum, image via New Museum

The New Museum Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that OMA’s Rem Koolhaas and Shoehei Shigematsu will design the museum’s new building at 231 Bowery as part of the institution’s expansion. The new structure, purchased by the contemporary art museum in 2008, will link the museum’s Sanaa-designed building and double their footprint on the Bowery, adding 50,000-square-feet of space. OMA’s first public project in New York City, 231 Bowery is expected to break ground in 2019.

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Major Developments, New Developments, Starchitecture, Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Domino Sugar Factory, Domino Refinery, PAU, Walentas, Vishaan Chakrabarti

PAU design for the Domino Refinery. Image courtesy of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism.

The past few years have seen as much change as progress in the rise of the three million-square-foot Domino Sugar Factory mega-development in Williamsburg; Two Trees broke ground on the first tower in the Domino Sugar Refinery Master Plan last spring, and the lottery opened for 104 affordable units at the SHoP Architects-designed building, the 16-story 325 Kent Avenue. Last October we saw the first set of renderings by architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle for the refinery building that will house Two Trees’ new 380,000-square-foot office space at the massive new complex; the corresponding plans had been approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2014. Now, Justin Davidson writes in New York Magazine that a new round of designs by Vishaan Chakrabarti‘s Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) have been revealed.

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Cool Listings, Financial District, Starchitecture

8 Spruce Street, New York by Gehry, highest rental in NYC, NYC starchitecture

“I designed a building I would want to live in as a New Yorker… you could say this is my love letter to New York City,” said starchitect Frank Gehry upon completing his rippling stainless steel rental building at 8 Spruce Street. Officially dubbed New York by Gehry, the 76-story tower is the city’s tallest rental building, making its top-floor penthouses the highest rental units in New York. The largest and most expensive, a 3,771-square-foot, five-bedroom spread that occupies its own wing, has just hit the market for $45,000 a month ($40,154 net effective based on the offering of one month free), a unique opportunity to live in the epitome of this romantic notion.

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Architecture, New Developments, Starchitecture, Upper East Side

249 East 62nd Street, Rafael Vinoly, New Developments, upper East Side

Google Earth aerial rendering of 249 East 62nd Street’s proposed massing, via CityRealty

Real Estate Inverlad’s in-the-works residential project at 249 East 62nd Street is now one less ZD1 diagram away from being a reality. CityRealty reports that the customary diagram is now on file, giving us a look at the tower’s proposed bulk–and the Department of Buildings has found the project, even with a few clever tricks up its sleeve, compliant with the city’s zoning laws. The diagram shows that the skyscraper will elevate a number of the units within by using  an octagonally-shaped core, periscope style, to peer out over their Upper East Side neighbors towards Central Park and the East River.

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Architecture, Art, Harlem, Starchitecture

Studio Museum Harlem, David Adjaye, Harlem, starchitecture

Exterior view from 125th Street Plaza. Courtesy Adjaye Associates

The Studio Museum in Harlem is scheduled to break ground on a new 82,000-square-foot home, designed by internationally renowned British architect David Adjaye, in late fall of 2018. Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Raymond J. Mc Guire unveiled designs for the new building Tuesday along with the announcement of a $175 million capital campaign to fund and maintain the new museum space. The groundbreaking coincides with the celebrated cultural institution’s 50th anniversary year. In 2015, the museum announced that it would be working with Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson on the new building, having outgrown its current home, a century-old building on West 125th Street that it has occupied since 1982.

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Architecture, condos, Hell's Kitchen, New Developments, Starchitecture

Alvaro Siza, 611 West 56th Street, Sumaida + Kurana, LENY

Renderings of 611 West 56th Street, via Noe & Associates with The Boundary, courtesy of Sumaida + Khurana.

Back in 2015 architects and design buffs were excited to hear that Portuguese Pritzker Prize-winner Álvaro Siza would be designing his highly-anticipated first U.S. building on Manhattan’s west side in a neighborhood being called Hudson West. Now, CityRealty reports that developers Sumaida + Khurana and LENY have released renderings of the building at 611 West 56th Street on the former site of the Gristedes corporate headquarters. The development team has secured an acquisition loan, and demolition and foundation work have begun on the 35-story, 80-unit condo.

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Construction Update, Starchitecture, Turtle Bay

685 First Avenue, Richer Meier, Turtle Bay

Rendering courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners / Solow / BloomImages

Along the East River just south of the United Nations, Pritzker Prize-winner Richard Meier’s 42-story, 460-foot-tall tower has officially topped out, CityRealty learned. Developed by Sheldon Solow’s East River Realty Development, the skyscraper at 685 First Avenue has an all-black, glassy facade to offer residents privacy and create a uniform appearance on the outside. Upon completion in 2018, the Turtle Bay residential tower will feature 556 rental and condominium apartments, with incredible panoramic waterfront views.

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condos, Construction Update, Midtown West, New Developments, Starchitecture

53W53, 53 West 53rd Street, MoMA Tower, Jean Nouvel, Thierry Despont, new developments, midtown west

Central Park View; Rendering by Hayes Davidson

6sqft checked in almost a year ago on starchitect Jean Nouvel‘s MoMA-adjacent tower, 53W53 at 53 West 53rd Street, when photos from the Billionaires’ Row construction site showed the building getting the first of its intricate diagrid skin. Construction on the 82-story building recently reached the 58th floor, and newly-released renderings and construction photos show the full design of the 1,050-foot-tall tapered tower, which will have interiors by celebrated designer Thierry Despont, from crown to ground level. The new images also show how the Museum of Modern Art will have three new gallery levels within the tower’s base on floors 2, 4 and 5.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Starchitecture

Marcel Breuer, connecticut, estately, Donald N. Clark House

Acclaimed modernist architect Marcel Breuer is perhaps best known in New York for designing the original Whitney Museum of Art, now home to the Met Breuer. But his work wasn’t limited to iconic museums–he also designed homes, like this one in Orange, Connecticut. The 4,000-square-foot abode known as the Donald N. Clark House was built in the 1950s with stone, ceilings of wood, and open, airy patios. The owner has also filled the house, as well as the 5.5-acre property, with unique artwork and sculptures. And it could be yours for $1.6 million.

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