Foodies are rampant in today’s urban metropolises, but this time, instead of talking fish tacos and foie gras, we’re talking buildings. Nicholas Blechman, art director for the New York Times Book Review, has reimagined some of the world’s most famous landmarks as food in his delightful series Gastro-Architecture. From drawing the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica as a lemon juicer to noting the striking resemblance of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Shanghai World Financial Center to a can opener, Blechman has created an entirely new type of architectural review.
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No, you are not seeing double, at least not quite. This sweet woodland shelter was created for two different functions, hence its unique double-gable design. Called the Polygon Sculpture Studio, this shelter in Hague, New York, doubles as a guesthouse and small work studio. It was designed by architect Jeffrey S. Poss and offers a comfortable, light-filled space for guests, as well as a great environment for artistic creation.
- How many jeans will Diesel need to sell to make rent at 101 Bedford? Greenpoint’s Andy Smith does a quick and dirty calculation. [Tremr]
- New York has only the 6th highest rents in the country. Apparently we lag behind behind San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Washington DC and Boston. Surprised? [Brokelyn]
- The 10 biggest real estate projects filed in July. [TRD]
- Urban Compass is serious about building an empire, and they aren’t wasting any time. The upstart just snagged the Hustis/Jovanovic team over at Corcoran Group. [Crain’s]
- Home sales in NYC’s suburbs are on the decline. Buyers have become put off the steadily increasing prices. [TRD]
Diesel jeans (left); Bedford 101 (right)
Location, location, location. Well, this large and sunny loft is located, quite literally, on a “great street” – 43 Great Jones Street, to be exact. And though the classic exterior of the building looks much as it did when first constructed in 1920, its interior has been beautifully renovated, blending many of the original industrial details with more refined modern touches.
- Where Can We Get Our Hands On This ‘Bike Of The Future’?: TEAGUE and SIZEMORE BICYCLE teamed up for the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project competition and won with their ingenious design of the ‘Denny’ bike. Huff Post reports that its sleek design, handlebar slash bike lock and automatic gears are making cyclists beg for bike to go on sale.
- A Flat Pack Robot That Assembles Itself on Arrival: Flat pack designs are cool, but having to assemble it yourself? Not so much. Harvard and MIT collaborated on an origami-inspired robot that goes from a sheet of composite paper and Shrinky Dinks (remember those?!) to a moving 3D crawling machine. See it in action on Quartz.
- Scope Out A Restricted Part In Central Park Today: For today only, Central Park’s The Hallett Nature Reserve will be open to the public. Gothamist reports that you can check out the four acres of untouched nature from 1 – 3PM on the park’s east side from 60th to 62nd street.
- The Truth About NYC in 140 Characters: We all know breaking the Metrocard swipe, especially during rush hour, is an embarrassment. WNYC features 19 truest tweets about living in the city. See if you’ve been caught thinking, or even doing, the same thing.
Images: Denny Bike courtesy of Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project (left); screenshot of Tweets from WNYC (right)
When he hasn’t been busy revamping the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson has been scoping out NYC real estate. And according to city records, the Knicks President purchased an apartment at the Osborne, 205 West 57th Street, for $4.85 million.
Considered one of the greatest NBA coaches in history, Jackson spent many years with both the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, but now he’s jumping back into the New York City scene head first, having gotten his start with the Knicks in 1967 as a player. His new home was meticulously renovated by Ferguson and Shamamian Architects to preserve the original details of the landmarked 1883 building. Hand-carved mahogany pocket doors, inlaid oak and cherry floors, and stained glass transom windows are just some of the historic accents that make this three-bedroom apartment a true masterpiece.
For those of you who adore the movie Amélie, you’re certain to fall in love with this quirky Lincoln Center studio, which we think would make the perfect pied–à–terre for the fabuleux French dreamer if she were ever to moonlight in Manhattan. Situated in a pristine townhouse located at 136 West 70th Street, this little beauty has all the grandeur of its sprawling neighbors, but offers plenty more charm with its lofty living space and beautiful rust-colored tin ceiling.
You know the drill, wear a wool sweater to work in the summer and layer with a thin t-shirt in the winter. It’s the curse of working in a tall, glassy, climate-controlled building. But a new shading prototype called Sunbreak, created by the architects at NBBJ, acts as a skyscraper skin that adjusts on a window-by-window basis depending on the angle of the sun, conserving energy and allowing workers to control office temperatures. Sounds like just what we’ve been waiting for, huh?
Starchitect Jean Nouvel’s 100 Eleventh Avenue may have received mixed reviews—which is made even more evident when you look at its rocky listing history—but that doesn’t change the fact that this pad is a clear showstopper. Not only does the stunning full-floor penthouse offer 360 degrees of stellar views through 150 linear feet of floor-to-ceiling windows; have a sprawling layout and two terraces; and reside on one of New York’s most recognizable blocks, surrounded by buildings designed by Pritzker Prize winners like Frank Gehry and Shigeru Ban; but this unit also has recently renovated interiors courtesy of Jennifer Post, one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 designers. Bottom line, if you’re a big name-dropper, this $45,000/month rental has your name written all over it.
It’s a common saying that money can’t buy good taste, but Peter Brant proves that old adage doesn’t apply to billionaires. According to city records, the American industrialist and businessman just closed on a former Con-Ed substation located at 421 East 6th Street for $27 million—$2 million above asking.
Constructed in 1920 to serve the city’s power needs, the building was altered in the 60s and again in the 80s to accommodate a live-work space for a famed sculptor Walter de Maria. Even with more than a century of history behind it, today the structure still keeps many of its original relics and the overall gritty aesthetic of its industrial past. As a lover of art himself, we’re curious to know how Brant will go about redesigning the space—if he does. Brant, who also happens to be married to supermodel Stephanie Seymour, is the publisher of both Interview and Art in America magazines and has been previously been called a “Donald Trump with taste” by the New York Times.