A charming duplex at 64 East 86th Street is available for a recently discounted $2.85 million. This 2,100-square-foot pad boasts all the offerings of a chic suburban home all within arms’ reach of Central Park, the Met and the Guggenheim. And to top it all off, that gorgeous staircase…
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Giving and getting holiday cards is always fun, but every so often you’ll receive one that really gets you giggling. This year, be the person handing off clever cards to your friends and family. ArchDaily has just announced their 2014 Holiday Card Contest winners, and for all of you design-minded folks and architecture nerds, they’ve got plenty of punny—and just downright cool—cards to choose from.
HS2 Architecture‘s name may not ring all that familiar, but you’ve certainly come across their projects before—and we’re not just talking on 6sqft. HS2’s power pair, Tom Hut and Jane Sachs, have been working together since 1994, enduring the ups and downs of the NYC market and putting some spectacular and very recognizable designs out there while at it. Does the Gramercy Park Hotel ring a bell? Maybe the Palazzo Chupi? Or maybe you’ve shopped at the Ralph Lauren Store on Madison and 72nd. Easily one of the most underrated architecture firms working today, HS2 is really a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the built environment.
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, we recently sat down with founders Tom and Jane to talk about their studio, their work, and the roller coaster ride that has been New York City architecture over the past two decades.
Apparently, living in a landmarked townhouse designed by the same architect responsible for the MoMA is not as appealing to buyers as you would think. The Edward Durell Stone-designed home at 130 East 64th Street has been on the market for over a year now, with its asking price steadily declining from a $9.995 million price tag to $7.5 million, and it’s still sitting. But this four-story house is no stranger to mixed reviews.
This home may be smaller than the average of those we showcase on 6sqft, but when it comes to incredible design details, it definitely doesn’t come up any shorter than the rest. Jourdan Lawlor and her fiancé Tobin Ludwig purchased this sweet West Village pied-à-terre a few years ago for just $270,000, and after a $33,000 renovation, they turned their cramped 242-square-foot studio into a comfy home with brilliant, smart space-saving techniques like built-ins and space-maximizing illusions like white walls and good lighting. But a subdued color palette doesn’t hurt this home. What it lacks in wacky wall coverings it makes up in the delightful interior touches all throughout. Curbed‘s Hana Alberts recently visited the apartment with photographer Max Touhey in tow—see some of their images ahead.
- The Dime Savings Bank has just hit the market. The building, located next door to Junior’s diner and owned by JP Morgan, could fetch more than $100M. [Crain’s]
- An ongoing struggle… Here are all the ways the New York Times has tried to describe One57’s sales. [NYO]
- Developer Ben Shaoul sells his West Chelsea townhouse for $8.5M. He purchased it just last year for $2.7M. [Curbed]
- Buzzfeed is expanding into Park Avenue South. The LOL giant just inked a lease for a 194,000 square foot space. [NYP]
- Bruce Willis’s El Dorado pad is in contract. The actor listed it less than two weeks ago. [NYP]
Images: The Dime Savings Bank (left); One57 (right)
Soho is one of NYC’s most bustling neighborhoods, and if you’re hoping to live in this action-packed hood look no further than this very cool loft that just popped up on the market. The spacious, three-bedroom apartment is located at 55 Prince Street in the Tiffany Foundry building built in 1861 and is currently listed for $3 million. The elegant, rustic unit has an open floor plan featuring original wooden beams, exposed brick, and oak flooring.
- Derby the dog was able to run for the first time thanks to 3D-printed paws. [Designboom]
- This Staten Island library recalls the neighborhood’s maritime and oystering history. [ArchDaily]
- Fashion Week needs a new home; it’s been evicted from Lincoln Center. [West Side Rag]
- NYC’s “awkwardly shaped” tax lots, like the Hess Triangle, equal over five million square feet of land. See it all mapped out. [Untapped]
- Amazon’s Prime Now will deliver packages to Manhattan within an hour. [Gothamist]
The kids today posting their selfies and cat pictures to Instagram have no idea that they owe the square-shaped insta-photos to the good old Polaroid. So give them a little history lesson this holiday season with the Polaroid Socialmatic camera. It prints your photos on the spot like the original model, but also uploads them directly to social media outlets thanks to a WiFi connection that also lets users download apps and use the internet.
The 2013 exhibition of winning proposals, via Architectural League of New York
Budding architects and designers have the chance to submit proposals that cultivate new positions of authenticity within architecture, the task of this year’s Architectural League Prize Competition, according to Arch Daily. Since 1981, this contest has been put on by the Young Architects + Designers Committee to recognize young practitioners.
Authenticity has a very different meaning in today’s digital world than it did in ancient Greece, for example, where the only two forms of copying were stamping and casting. Thus, the 2015 Authenticity competition asks participants to explore “how design, technology, and practice challenge authenticity and the ways that originality, expression, and authorship continue to be pursued.”