Architecture, Green Design

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 9, 2014

It’s raining, it’s pouring, and all we can think of are sunnier days. Before people knew the health risks of tanning beds, they were a welcome cure for the winter blues, and a new, first-of-its-kind, all-glass modular structure could be just the safe replacement we’ve been looking for.

The Photon Space was recently launched on Crowdcube, a British crowdfunding platform, by the Photon Project, a group of innovators in the fields of architecture, technology, engineering and design, along with scientists at Oxford University. It is a 147-foot compact living space that takes into account the health benefits of exposure to natural light. The distinguishing element of the Photon Space is its intelligent glass architecture, which can change in an instant from transparent to opaque.

More on the structure ahead

Architecture, Green Design, Major Developments

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 9, 2014

Since the opening of One World Trade Center just a few weeks ago, the world has been in an uproar over the design and the incredible cost of making New York’s tallest tower a reality. But one feature that we all seemed to have forgotten was the promise that the tower would be the greenest building in America. A recent City Lab article looks at what went wrong, and why, in a race to meet contractual obligations to its anchor tenant, Condé Nast, the development dumped a major part of its plans to go green, currently leaving the building in a state of noncompliance.

Find out more here

Daily Link Fix

  • Looking for the ultimate NYC-themed holiday gift? The CityStore sells quirky urban treasures like manhole cover floor mats and FDNY dog coats. [Daily News]
  • Check out this Greek Revival Sag Harbor home, filled with whimsical touches and seaside décor. [Domaine]
  • Here’s a fun map of all the remaining gas stations in Manhattan. [Untapped]
  • A City Councilman is proposing a bill that would limit the number of lights kept on in commercial buildings at night. [Capital]
  • How can cities like New York become even more bike friendly? Take a look at the ten points of bicycling architecture. [Arch Daily]
  • Avenue A is getting “the world’s smallest screening room.” [EV Grieve]

Images: Gas station via Théo La Photo via photopin cc (L); NYC at night via via photopin cc (R)

Celebrities, Greenwich Village, Interiors, Recent Sales

  • By Annie Doge
  • , December 9, 2014

After initially listing her Greenwich Village penthouse for $11 million in July 2013, Rosie O’Donnell has finally sold the chic four-bedroom home for the substantially lesser amount of $9 million, according to the Daily News.

O’Donnell bought the duplex apartment at 130 West 12th Street, part of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital complex, for $8.09 million in the summer of 2012. She then redecorated it with a combination of artsy, modern, and elegant furnishings. In addition to benefitting from Rosie’s design sense, the new owner will also get to take advantage of a 435-square-foot private terrace and views of both the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center.

Take a look around the penthouse here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , December 9, 2014

About two years ago, this impeccable pad on Central Park West sold for $4.3 million. Today, after an extensive gut renovation, the apartment is back on the market asking $8.495 million—nearly twice its initial price. But that 50% increase includes a Workshop/APD redesign, complete with “museum quality finishes” and only the finest craftsmanship. The finished product evokes a sense of calm sophistication in a supreme duplex with partial views of the city and Central Park.

More pics right this way

Policy, Soho

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 9, 2014

Soho via CityRealty

By definition, a Business Improvement District (BID) “is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development, and promotion of their commercial district.” Typically, they’re implemented in neighborhoods that need an economic boost, so Soho would seem like an unlikely candidate.

Ever since the neighborhood’s artist lofts were replaced with designer boutiques, residents have struggled to deal with the “mall-ification” of their home. And when the Soho Broadway BID was presented, local activists opposed it, citing that commercial activity was already bursting at the seams, and it was the residents who needed assistance. Now, after nearly four years of debate, the BID is moving forward, but with a decreased budget and an equal commitment to both residents and businesses.

More details ahead

New Developments, Park Slope

Park Slope’s Iconic Pavilion Theater May Go Residential

By Ondel Hylton, Mon, December 8, 2014

  • By Ondel Hylton
  • , December 8, 2014

Images on the website of architecture firm Architecture Outfit reveal that Park Slope‘s historic Pavilion Theater at 188 Prospect Park South may go residential. The theater is currently owned by a consortium led by Ben Kafash who purchased the theater from Morristown, NJ-based Cinedigm in 2011.

One scheme shows a six-story residential building rising behind the theater’s sublime Moorish façade and from a neighboring lot just south of the theater. It conceptualizes a mix of apartments along the circle dubbed Bartel-Pritchard Square and contextually scaled townhouses along narrow 14th Street. The second scheme preserves the theater in its entirety and limits new construction to the neighboring lot at 190 Prospect Park West where a nondescript one-story building currently stands.

More information here

Architecture, Brooklyn Heights, Interiors

  • By Diane Pham
  • , December 8, 2014

Architect Ben Hansen’s State Street townhouse is a contemporary masterpiece located in one of Brooklyn’s most charming neighborhoods. Originally a dated townhome with a dysfunctional floor plan, Hansen used this project as a chance to reinterpret the classic brownstone typology as a modern home suited for a young couple and their three small children. Hansen gutted the interior and joined the parlor floor rooms to create a space that both allows the home’s inhabitants to move easily between spaces and enjoy their verdant surroundings from within.

Take the tour here

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors

  • By Aisha Carter
  • , December 8, 2014

Every New Yorker wants two things: a great apartment and a convenient location. Well, there’s a new $3.95 million listing available at 9 West 20th Street, right off the Ladies’ Mile, which means you can shop and eat to your heart’s content, then head home to the comfort and luxury of this mint-condition loft.

Take a look inside, here

Real Estate Wire

  • The Barclays Center has racked up a slew of federal and city building violations. [NYP]
  • New renderings of the Virgin Hotel coming to NoMad have been unveiled. [CO]
  • Two Trees drums up $168M in financing for its BAM South tower. [TRD]
  • NYCHA will sell its public housing stake to developers. [WSJ]
  • Supply and Demand: The building boom has pushed the value of construction to $32.9 billion this year, up from $28.2 billion a year earlier. [Crain’s]
  • Why not leave home? A 14-screen movie theater with electronic recliners is coming to the LES. [DNA Info]

Images: Barclays (left); NoMad’s upcoming Virgin Hotel (right)


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