Filling up the ole’ gas tank is not a glamorous job, and usually not a task that leaves one marveling at the surrounding architecture. But in 1927, Prairie-style extraordinaire Frank Lloyd Wright put together plans for a fuel filling station in Buffalo, New York that would leave even the most seasoned driver awe struck.
Now, almost 90 years later, the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum has realized Wright’s vision and constructed the station as a one-of-a-kind installation housed in a 40,000-square-foot glass and steel atrium, made possible by a $6.3 million state grant. The arts-and-crafts gas station, the third Wright recreation in Buffalo, makes a nod to Native American design and thoughtfully mixes practicality with visual appeal.
Take a virtual tour of the architectural masterpiece
- One57 Gets its First Residents: If you haven’t heard of One57 you’ve probably been living under a rock. Well, the NY Times is here to lift that rock with an update of the “Billionaire’s Row” building, along with some residents who have already moved in.
- Extell’s $65 Million Townhouse: The NY Daily News spotlights Extell’s 10,000-square-foot, unfinished town home that plans to shatter the record for the city’s most expensive “white box” sale ever.
- Google Wants Apps for Cardboard: FastCo. covers Google’s most head-scratching I/O moment, an advanced virtual reality headset designed with the state-of-the-art material… cardboard.
- A 3D Desk Made of 2D Graph Paper: PSFK spotlights Yin Chang who takes a 2D grid system and turns it into a 3D structure. Impressed yet?
Images: Modular desk (left), Cardboard headset (right)
Since it was founded in 1994, Resolution: 4 Architecture (RE4A) has been a game-changing force in the world of building and design. Founders Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz were some of the first architects to embrace the idea of modular prefabricated homes, a concept that continues to grow in popularity for its cost0-efficiency, eco-friendly nature and versatility in design.
The RE4A team has worked on numerous projects, ranging from envy-inducing vacation retreats to space-efficient lofts to the headquarters for Equinox gym. While they have helped design and build spaces across the nation, the firm calls New York City — specifically, Chelsea — home and plenty of Big Apple sensibilities show up in their work, which is bold, yet functional. We recently spoke with Tanney about RE4A’s mission and upcoming work, plus his tips for creating a storage-friendly apartment.
Check out our full interview here
An adorable, historic, turn-of-the-century home modeled after a Swiss chalet has just sold for a record-breaking $2.1 million in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park South. Up until this point, the most expensive sale in the neighborhood was a $2 million sale from last year; however, records confirm that the 7BR/3.5BA home at 100 Rugby Road has edged out the competition by $100K.
Find out more about this historic record-breaker here
We welcome this second week of summer with open arms as the warm weather we’ve been oh so patiently waiting for brings with it plenty of amazing art and design events happening outdoors (and in). This week, Jeff Koons descends upon New York, first hitting up Rockefeller Center with his giant living floral sculpture, Split Rocker, then rounding out this verdant new work with a full on retrospective at the Whitney’s Upper East Side Breuer Building.
But if you just want to relax and recline (literally), Air France will be kicking off the weekend by bringing a little bit of Paris to New York. Three days of French flavor are planned for anyone who wants to partake, and guests will get to indulge in delicious food and drink and even take French lessons while lounging in one of Air France’s first class chairs. C’est bon!
All the best events here
Billboard signs along Times Square, and now Herald Square, are growing ever bigger and brighter as LED displays become the top choice for developers of new supersigns. Projects such as the upcoming Mariott Edition, Vornado‘s Marriott Marquis renovation, and the revamping of the Herald Center all include LED displays that will be among the largest in the world.
Though more expensive to install than the standard illuminated billboard, the light-emitting diode canvasses have the primary advantage of being eco-friendly by using less electricity and lasting 25 times longer than their incandescent alternatives. Their cost depends on size, complexity, and resolution; and may run upward of $1000 a square foot. But new technology in the past decade has cut the average price in half allowing for a brighter and more prolific future in the city.
See videos and images these eye-popping supersigns
Coming on the heels of a rezoning last spring that will yield much more residential and retail development in the area just north of Canal Street, the Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District embarked on an ambitious $27 million campaign to create more open space and beautify the neighborhood’s streets.
First up was a $200,000 investment at Freeman Plaza West a few months after the City Council approved the rezoning. The vacant property near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel was magically transformed into an unexpected but charming garden respite with the addition of umbrellas, tables, chairs and trees.
What are the plans for Soho Square?
As New Yorkers we love to think of ourselves as original and cutting edge, but there’s no denying that many of us have a soft spot for things that harken back to gentler times. In a sea of towers and shiny new boutiques, Williamsburg‘s newest hotel addition bucks the steel and glass trend for a beautiful Adirondack design that will appeal to even the most unwavering modernist.
If you’re looking for an oasis in this concrete jungle of ours, look no further than the Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast, a ranch-style escape sure to turn any city dweller into a cowboy complete with a twang.
Check out the incredible interiors of this quirky B&B
Today’s residential real estate news in one digestible bite:
- Park Slopers would rather have a parking garage than a new luxury condo in their ‘hood. The typically crunchy locals are saying the 800 Union Street garage is “essential to the neighborhood”. [NYDN]
- Stern’s 82-story downtown hotel and residential condo tower is one-third constructed; while the installation of prefab units has resumed at the Atlantic Yards B2 tower. [Field Condition]
- Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions has mapped all the buildings and residential development sites going up in the neighborhood. [Curbed]
- NYU’s Brooklyn building at 370 Jay Street is getting a makeover. The new design will boast an eco-friendly update with window replacements, solar shades, a one-megawatt wind turbine, and a green roof. [Curbed]
- Lindsey Lohan was spotted looking at a dazzling townhouse at 9 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village. [NYP]
- Century 21 owners are selling a trio of buildings for $42M. The sale is likely to result in the construction of a 100,000-square-foot residential tower. [Crain’s]
- A boring building at 31 Bond Street could be converted into luxury residential units. The renovation is estimated to cost just $4.1M, despite architect Matthew Baird’s plan to add a seventh floor to the structure. [Buzz Buzz Home]
The Park Slope garage at hand (left); Downtown Brooklyn apartments map (right)
It’s a dilemma that every owner and renter of a cramped New York City studio has encountered — how do we configure the room to fit a bed and some privacy? If you’re on the hunt for a room divider that’ll do just that, look no further than architect Dan Hisel’s ingenious Z-Box.
See how Z-Box instantly changes a room