A new plug-in home station for small-space living has just made its global debut. Called Cubitat, this giant “Rubik’s Cube” by Italian designer Luca Nichetto and developer Urban Capital, packs every modern convenience you need into a compact construction. The minimal storage container is divided by function, sheltering a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom and a living room inside its sleek silver shell.
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As anyone who lives in a studio apartment can tell you, it’s often the best–if not the only–way to live without a roommate in New York. But with developers finding it much more profitable to build large apartments, studio apartments may be heading to extinction. And those existing one-room units are seeing steep price increases as demand is outpacing supply.
As the Daily News reports, “Listings for new studios compose just 4% of the units in Manhattan — down from 15% in 2013… As of January, just 30 such apartments were on the market, compared with 161 in January 2012.” The median price for a new Manhattan studio rose over the past year to $930,000, a whopping 60 percent increase. Comparatively, the median price for a new one-bedroom unit rose 30 percent and for a two-bedroom home it dropped by 11 percent.
All around the city new structures of glass and steel are rising up as bastions of modernity, often dwarfing neighboring turn-of-the-century buildings that experienced a different kind of rise–that of New York City as an economic and cultural center of the world. Standing the test of time, homes like this 1893 Romanesque Revival style brownstone call to mind the saying “they don’t make them like they used to.”
While it’s true there’s nothing quite like Manhattan’s gleaming skyline, the original details in this classic Victorian residence at 585 11th Street in Park Slope are every bit as breathtaking.
- Here’s ten alternative, off-the-beaten-path Valentine’s Day activities you can use to woo your crush. [Untapped]
- Leave your selfie stick at home when visiting NYC museums. [Gothamist]
- Get your pinball game on in Kips Bay. [Brooklyn Based]
- Taking a look at the history of Castle Clinton in the Battery. [Daytonian in Manhattan]
- Check out designer Kate Spade’s home. [Airows]
- Did you know there’s a replica of a historic Irish castle in upstate New York? [Atlas Obscura]
Interiors winner WORKac’s Wieden+Kennedy NY © Bruce Damonte
The votes are in, and the people of the architecture and design community have spoken. ArchDaily has announced the winners of its Building of the Year 2015 contest. The winners of the 14 categories included NYC-based firm WORKac’s Wieden+Kennedy NY headquarters for Interiors (which have been featured on 6sqft before), Herzog & de Meuron’s Arena do Morro for Sports Architecture, and OTO’s Fogo Natural Park Venue for Cultural Architecture. Congratulations!
Old Westbury Gardens, a Gold Coast mansion also known as “the Gatsby House”, © Old Westbury Gardens
In recent years, the Manhattan real estate scene has had a major upswing in the amount of wealthy buyers from China, who feel that New York City condos and other properties are a safe place for their money. In fact, high-profile real estate firms are even tapping Chinese brokers to cater to this growing clientele. But now the trend is moving east, with Chinese buyers eyeing the stately mansions that make up the Gold Coast suburbs of Long Island. According to the Times, “Some Chinese buyers are parking money in what they see as a low-risk investment. Others are seeking a trophy home. Still others are intent on living in these places full time while their children attend the area’s high-performing schools.”
It’s being considered one of the greatest returns on investment in New York City real estate history, reports the Daily News. Photographer Jay Maisel bought the now-famous graffiti-covered home at 190 Bowery back in 1966 when it was abandoned for only $102,000, and he’s now officially sold the Gilded Age bank building to developer Aby Rosen of RFR Realty for $55 million.
Developers have been urging Maisel to sell ever since the Bowery changed from a seedy row of drugs and flop houses to a trendy destination for foodie-favorite restaurants and high-end boutiques. Rosen finally convinced the artist, who lived in the six-story, 72-room mansion with his wife and daughter, to sell on the basis that it had no heat and was in disrepair.
Brace yourself, because we’re about to take you on a tour of an MTV Cribs-worthy pad. This 3,600-square-foot duplex penthouse was purchased by a philanthropic millionaire named Drew Katz back in 2007. He and his wife paid $6.125 million for the fairly raw space, then brought in Cooper, Robertson & Partners architect Edward Siegel and designer Ernest de la Torre to create an East Asian-inspired abode so brilliant you almost can’t stare directly at it without burning your corneas. But what good is a life without risks? So let’s stare away at all of its glory.
MoMA PS1 has just announced the winning design for this year’s Young Architects Program (YAP), which will be featured this summer in the Long Island City museum’s outdoor courtyard, setting the stage for the Warm Up summer music series. The top spot goes to Andrés Jaque of the Office for Political Innovation for COSMO: Give me a pipe and I will move/celebrate the Earth, a moveable environmental artifact made out of customized irrigation components that will make visible and enjoyable the typically hidden urbanism of pipes.
According to MoMA PS1, COSMO “is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, eliminating suspended particles and nitrates, balancing the PH, and increasing the level of dissolved oxygen. It takes four days for the 3,000 gallons of water to become purified, then the cycle continues with the same body of water, becoming more purified with every cycle.”
Grand Central Owner Enlists Harvard Professor to Stop 1 Vanderbilt and ‘Unconstitutional’ Seizing of His Rights, Thu, February 5, 2015
Discord around the construction of One Vanderbilt continues to grow, and the latest contender to enter the ring is Harvard Law professor, “liberal constitutional scholar” and President Barack Obama’s former educator, Laurence H. Tribe. Grand Central owner Andrew Penson has tapped the big-time lawyer to battle the city in his fight against the 1,514-foot supertall, according to The New York Times. Yesterday, with Tribe in tow, Penson went head-to-head—yet again—with the tower’s developer SL Green at the City Planning Commission hearing. The meeting got as heated as one would expect, and “unconstitutional” and “ridiculous” were just a couple of the words thrown around.