High Line

Architecture, Art, Design, Events

Garrison Architects, modular prototype, post-disaster housing, displaced residents, AMSS

Most gallery owners have closed up shop for the season, likely heading to the Hamptons for some well-deserved R&R. But New Yorkers staying in town can still enjoy fine art (beyond one of our lovely air conditioned museums). Head to Brooklyn’s Metrotech campus to enjoy the Public Art Fund’s newest project—a mirage of color and shape by Sam Falls that will change over time as the sun and rain beat down on it (so check it out while it is brand-spanking-new!)—or to a nature-inspired opening at Ouchi Gallery.

If architecture is more your thing, join the AIA NY for a private tour of the OEM Disaster Housing Prototype, or gather a group of arch-nerd friends for the first ever Art Deco Society of New York Scavenger Hunt. If you can’t stand the heat, tuck into the theaters at MoMA to catch a classic silent film, or enjoy the shade of the High Line over head at the Abington House‘s weekly Wednesday parties.

All the best events here

Real Estate Wire

Ismael Leyva, 530 West 30th Street
  • First look at the Ismael Leyva-designed, Related Companies-developed condominium planned for West 30th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, a site that overlooks the High Line Park. [Curbed]
  • Jonathan Miller pinpoints two new records for NYC: The average sales price for NYC residential real estate (co-ops, condos and 1-3 family sales) reached a record $975,441 for 2Q 2014; while the average sales price for NYC residential real estate excluding Manhattan reached a record $542,216. See graphs charting the change over at Curbed. [Curbed]
  • Developers of Astoria Cove promise to create a ferry terminal to serve the new mega development. [TRD]
  • Bed-Stuy is red hot. Nine of the nabe’s top 15 residential sales in the past five years are from 2014. The highest rang in at $2.25M. [TRD]
  • Extell wants to raze one of the former Ring buildings it acquired last year. [CO]

The Ismael Leyva-designed tower at 520 West 30th Street(left); The $2.25M Bed-Stuy townhouse (right)

Architecture, Chelsea, Interiors, New Developments

Soori High Line, SCDA Architects, High Line architecture, Soo Chan, interior swimming pool

Forget public pools and health clubs, the Soori High Line will offer private, heated swimming pools in 16 of its ultra-posh residences. Soo Chan, principal of Singapore-based SCDA Architects, has already made a name for himself in Asia as the pool master, designing towers with up to 120 private swimming holes. Now Chan’s water-inspired interiors have also come to the surface in New York. The 11-story, 27-unit building at 522 West 19th Street will feature 16 pools ranging in size from 23 to 26 feet long, 7 to 9 feet wide, and 4 feet deep.

More about the Soori’s pools this way

Major Developments, Upper East Side

Upper East Side garbage dump, new park over garbage dump, High Line Upper East Side

What is it they say about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure? Well, after failed attempts to stop construction of the Upper East Side‘s inevitable new garbage dump, community groups have chosen the next best route: give the dump a makeover. That’s so Upper East Side, isn’t it? The idea, according to the NY Daily News, is to transform the garbage-transfer station into a community park. The plan, a collaboration with Sam Schwartz Engineering, would relocate a quarter-mile long garbage truck ramp to the side of the Asphalt Green complex. The ramp would be covered by a green High Line-esque walkway.

Find out more about the plan here

Daily Link Fix

Images: Starchitects in Hats (left), NASA (right)

Architecture, Green Design, Meatpacking District, Starchitecture

jeanne gang's solar carve for NYC's high line

Studio Gang‘s bold move to open an office in NYC couldn’t have come at a better time. The much admired studio led by Jeanne Gang just got the green light for their stunning angular glass structure, which will be sited right along the High Line on 10th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets.

Dubbed the ‘Solar Carve’, the new construction will be designated for office and retail use, housing 10 stories behind a glassy serrated edge and asymmetrical curves. The design, in true Studio Gang fashion, keeps sustainability in mind, and the building’s geometric form does follow function. The unique shape mitigates solar gain while taking advantage of the views between the High Line and the Hudson. A planted roof will also help cool the Solar Carve on hot days.

More renderings of Gang’s first NYC project here

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