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Architecture, Features, Interiors, Manhattan

  • By Diane Pham
  • , April 5, 2014

Manhattan is known for hosting more than a handful of the world’s most luxurious homes — many of which are perched hundreds if not thousands of feet above ground. Though few folks will ever get to see the interior of anything higher than their 5-story walk-up, we’re offering up a look into how New York’s loftiest live.

From the “smallest” to the tallest, take a peek into the penthouses of 10 of Manhattan’s supertall condos ahead. And just to give you a little more context, the Empire State Building soars 1,250 feet high.

It’s a tall, tall world

Architecture, Events, Green Design, Urban Design

How can we create sustainable and livable cities in the face of climate change? On April 8, 2014, the AIA New York Chapter is joining forces with the Consulate General of Denmark in New York to host a panel discussion on the water-related challenges faced by New York City and Copenhagen, and the wide array of approaches and solutions that have already been deployed or will be implemented.

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Market Snapshot: The Week of April 2, 2014

By Diane Pham, Wed, April 2, 2014

What are the tallest condo buildings under construction right now? Is Taylor Swift buying of a pair of penthouses in Tribeca? And why are buyers flocking to Sutton Place and Beekman Place?

For the coolest listings that have hit the market to neighborhoods sales to celebrity moves, we turn to CityRealty‘s Weekly Market Snapshot for the scoop.

Check out their report for the latest

hudson yards, Manhattan

Downtown perfumery Bond No. 9 has just released their latest fragrance — a perfume created to embody the spirit of one of the biggest development projects currently underway: the Hudson Yards.

Though the name will most likely make you think of a sweaty construction site, apparently Hudson Yards the fragrance isn’t as stomach-churning as it sounds. See some video reactions after the break.

more on Bond No. 9’s Hudson yards

Brooklyn, Major Developments, Williamsburg

Two Trees Management’s sweet deal with the city for the former Dominos Sugar factory site could cause a toothache for the City Council and local residents. The historic complex, with its charming yellow sign, has been part of Brooklyn’s landscape since 1882, when it opened as the largest sugary refinery in the world. Now plans for the 2.2 million-square-foot multi-use project, designed by SHoP Architects, are causing concern that it could house more people than the Brooklyn neighborhood can handle.

Home Sweet Home?

Design, Interiors, Video

  • By Diane Pham
  • , March 29, 2014

Doors are pretty innocuous, but this incredible design by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler turns the humble fixture into a mind-blowing kinetic sculpture. Hit jump to find out more about the design, and to see a full video of the door in action!

it’s downright hypnotizing!

Architecture, Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

Back in 2009, Graham Hill purchased two apartments at 150 Sullivan Street with the express purpose of showing that people could have everything they need using less stuff and space. Rather than hiring an architect, the eco-entrepreneur, TED-Talk alum, and founder of Treehugger.com, decided to kickstart a competition to find his unique one-size-fits-all design. What turned up was an innovative transforming apartment filled with brilliant space-efficient features like sliding walls, hidden storage, and multi-tasking furniture. Though Hill’s ‘Life Edited‘ apartment measures an ultra tiny 420-square-feet, the elegant, high-tech space still manages to pack in all the amenities of a home of more than twice its size.

How many people can you pack into 420 sq ft?

Architecture, Financial District, Starchitecture, Transportation

  • By Diane Pham
  • , March 24, 2014

It’s unfortunate that Santiago Calatrava‘s original design for the WTC Transportation Hub got scrapped for a shrunken, more watered-down version. But the cost saving measures that transformed his beautiful “bird” into what some critics have dubbed as a “rack of lamb” didn’t completely destroy the majestic spirit of the original design.

Construction images recently released by the Port Authority of NY & NJ reveal that the Oculus is finally taking shape, emerging from its WTC site as something that could very well be quite iconic.

More incredible photos ahead

Architecture

  • By Jon Dioffa
  • , March 24, 2014

Just moments ago, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was announced at the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate. The 56-year old architect, who has offices in Tokyo, Paris, and NYC, is known for his elegant and innovative applications of unconventional materials such as paper and corrugated plastic in his structures, for both private international clients and in disaster relief efforts. Jump ahead to see some of his best works, including the Metal Shutter Houses, located right here in NYC.

More Shigeru here

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