Nestled in the quaint town of Coxsackie, New York is a residential garden oasis with crystal clear views of the Hudson River and magical green landscaping that could very well serve as the backdrop for a children’s fairytale book. The enchanting grounds of the River House were designed by Susan Wisniewski Landscape, who created a natural-looking setting to frame the environmentally friendly Hudson Valley home.
Waterfront views and innovative architecture: San Francisco? Manhattan? Miami? How about the Bronx?
Residents of many Throgs Neck neighborhoods have happily traded off expansive living spaces and large backyards for the spectacular views of the Eastchester Bay and the bridge whose name the community bears. Though spaces can be a bit compact along the water, a challenging lot size didn’t stop Resolution: 4 Architecture from creating a home whose beauty rivals that of its view.
Among the modest homes tucked neatly into small parcels along the waterfront, the Bronx Box stands out as a proud example of how infill housing is an innovative way to make the most of narrow lots in urban areas.
East Quogue, a town located on the far end of Long Island, is littered with beach houses thanks to its picturesque oceanfront location. It’s the perfect escape for New York City families to leave behind the hustle and bustle of Big Apple living and swap their tiny apartments for sprawling vacation homes. Because of its location on a barrier island, that doesn’t hold true for this dune retreat, which meant the team at Resolution: 4 Architecture has to be as efficient with space as possible.
A brand new building has popped up in Park Slope and it’s got quite an interesting facade. Located at 443 Bergen Street just off of Flatbush Ave, this sleek new addition to the neighborhood boasts 5 stories of living space, a 7KW solar array, reclaimed IPE wood from boardwalks, and triple glazed Passive House windows and doors. According to the building permits, work started in the Fall of last year, and by the looks of things, construction has just about wrapped up.
There’s a new tower in town, and for once it’s not made of steel and glass… After a month of construction, David Benjamin and his firm, The Living, have completed the world’s first large-scale structure made of mushroom bricks. Better known as ‘Hy-Fi‘, the tower is the winning design of this year’s MoMA Young Architects Program, and like the works that preceded it, it’s an idea that asks us to rethink what we know about materials, fabrication and architecture in an urban context.
Modular Post-Disaster Housing Prototype by Garrison Architects Features Flexibility and Quick Assembly, Wed, June 25, 2014
We all remember where we were when we first saw the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. We all remember the residents who were forced from their homes and separated from their families and their support system. In a better world, we would never have to see such heartbreaking images again. That’s where Garrison Architects come in. Hired by American Manufactured Structures and Services (AMSS), Garrison Architects has provided a post-disaster urban housing prototype for residents displaced during a crisis.
Even looking at this wood-clad retreat designed by workshop/apd brings us into a more peaceful state of mind. Everything about the freestanding studio — from the neat wood frame to cozy interiors — is a reminder of how modern-day architecture and Mother Nature can get along after all.
Every year MoMA PS1 holds a competition that gives emerging architects the opportunity to build a full-scale pavilion for their courtyard space in Long Island City, Queens. Past winners of the Young Architects Program (YAP) have gone on to do some great things, becoming hotly sought after for their skills and world-renowned for their incredible works (Do HWKN, SHoP and Work Architecture Company, ring a bell?). As no surprise, this year’s winner is no shrinking violet, and he together with his team are bringing something unprecedented to the PS1 courtyard space. Architect David Benjamin and his studio, The Living, have devised a plan to construct a spectacular “Hy-Fi” tower made from a self-assembling, mushroom-based material that can be completely composted once the summer is over.
This past weekend we got a sneak peek of the towers rising at the LIC site. Check out our photos of the mushroom wonder ahead.
Photo © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Tom Powel Imaging.
Is it a giant rat? A horse? A dinosaur? Those passing by 30 Rock over the past week and a half have probably been wondering what’s going up in the famed plaza (at least we have). Word has it that Jeff Koons is back in the ‘hood, this time with a massive sculpture of a pony, or “Split-Rocker”, grafted in living flowers and complete with an internal irrigation system.
Editor’s note 8/27: This article has been updated to show the completed work, seen above.