Norman Foster

Starchitecture, Video

norman foster interview

Do what you love. We’ve all heard it before, but for some reason it seems so much more poignant coming from the mouth of starchitect Norman Foster. In this latest installment of the Louisiana Channel, Marc-Christoph Wagner meets up with Foster in his Geneva home to get some career insight from the icon. Though Foster’s worlds are for those in the art and architecture professions, his passion and words can certainly be carried across the spectrum.

Watch the video here

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

Earlier this week, we reported that Bjarke Ingels was in talks to take over Norman Foster‘s design of 2 World Trade Center, noting that “if News Corporation and 21st Century Fox decide to move into 2 World Trade Center, as previously reported, developer Larry Silverstein may drop Foster’s design in favor of a new one by none other than starchitect of the moment, Bjarke Ingels of BIG.” Though Foster designed the tower ten years ago, it’s still the last at the site to rise. Ground broke in 2008, but in 2013 the Port Authority halted construction until tenants were lined up. Nothing has been decided yet, but Silverstein is said to be in talks with Mr. Ingels. How do you think this starchitect debacle is going to play out?

Images: Bjarke Ingels (L); Norman Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center among the rest of the development

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

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Norman Foster may lose out on yet another major project in Manhattan. The Journal writes that if News Corporation and 21st Century Fox decide to move into 2 World Trade Center, as previously reported, developer Larry Silverstein may drop Foster’s design in favor of a new one by none other than starchitect of the moment, Bjarke Ingels of BIG.

Find out more here

Construction Update, Financial District, Major Developments

2 world trade center

Norman Foster‘s 88-story tower, destined for the last unoccupied site of the World Trade Center complex, could finally get the legs it needs to move forward. The New York Times reports that media giants News Corporation and 21st Century Fox, both headed by Rupert Murdoch, are in talks with the Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein to make the long-stalled 1,349-foot skyscraper their next home. The move would relocate a number of News Corp. and Fox’s top brands—which include the NY Post and the Wall Street Journal—and give 2 WTC what it needs to resume construction as required by the Port Authority; namely a solid anchor tenant.

Ground was broken on the tower way back in 2008 and slated for completion in 2016, but in 2013 the Port Authority put a hold on construction until tenants could be found for occupancy.

More on the move forward here

condos, New Developments, Starchitecture, Sutton Place 

Foster and Partners East 58th Street Tower, Bauhouse Group, Skyscraper, Sutton Place

Rendering of the new tower (L); The four-building assemblage at 426-432 East 58th Street (R)

First spotted by the eagle-eyes at SkyscraperPage, a New York Press article has given us our first look at a potential 900-foot skyscraper reportedly designed by Foster + Partners and developed by the Bauhouse Group. The New York City-based real estate development and investment firm had recently closed on the three-building $32 million rental portfolio in tony Sutton Place at 428-432 East 58th Street. In March, the firm acquired a fourth property at 426 East 58th Street.

According to the New York Press story, “A sales brochure put together by Cushman and Wakefield dubs the project as the ‘Sutton Place Development’… there are indications that Bauhouse is looking to offload the site to another developer, and that whoever winds up buying the lot could build even higher than 900 feet.” Bauhouse is expected to release further details and renderings to the community this spring.

More details ahead

Real Estate Wire

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  • Have a look inside construction at BIG’s pyramid at 625 West 57th Street. [Field Condition]
  • A 269,000-square-foot tower designed by Foster + Partners will rise at 426-432 East 58th Street. The developer, Bauhouse, plans to raze four properties in Sutton Place to create the 95-unit building. [6sqft inbox]
  • Manhattan condo inventory hit an historic low in February. [NYDN]
  • The rise of passive house building in the city. [NYT]
  • Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alvaro Siza will design a NYC condo tower. [Curbed]
  • A Chinese buyer has scooped up a $30 million condo at One57. [TRD]
  • Hudson Companies plans to bring 520 apartments to Prospect Lefferts Gardens. [CO]

Images: Norman Foster via e-Architect (L); Construction on BIG’s project. © Field Condition  (R)

Starchitecture, Video

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In 2006, the doors of the Hearst Tower were swung open for business. The design of starchitect Norman Foster, the building was one of the most cutting-edge of its time, lauded for its diagrid form, its green construction, and the then-radical approach of marrying the old with the new. Apart from becoming one of New York’s most iconic structures, the building also holds a special cultural significance in city’s history: It was the first skyscraper to break ground after September 11th. Now, a decade later, Foster has returned to the Hearst Tower to mark its anniversary and reflect on his creation.

Watch the film here

Design, Transportation

Foster + Partners, Norman Foster, YachtPlus, Alen 68

Norman Foster has designed some of the most futuristic structures in the world. From the Gherkin in London to the Heart Tower in New York, his creations are unexpected and tech-focused. But did you know that Foster + Partners dabbles in boat design? They’ve just launched (no pun intended) the new Alen Yacht 68. The sleek schooner is not quite as ground-breaking as the firm’s architectural works, but it “combines the elegant social spaces of a cruising yacht with the fun of a day boat.”

See what this expertly-designed yacht has to offer

Real Estate Wire

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  • It’s cheaper to buy than rent in a number of US cities. [Business Insider]
  • Forest City is suing Skanska over the Pacific Park (formerly the Atlantic Yards) B2 modular tower. Skanska issued a Stop Work Order last week over cost overruns, and Forest City is now countering with a lawsuit saying Skanska agreed to a “fixed price” and any issues are due to the builder’s own “failures and missteps”. [Curbed]
  • The New York Times Editorial Board is in favor of cutting deals with private developers if it means bringing more affordable housing stock to NYC. [NYT]
  • The New York City Department of Transportation breaks ground on the second phase of Fordham Plaza’s reconstruction in the Bronx. Grimshaw is the architect behind the design. [Architect’s Newspaper]
  • Op-ed: Brooklyn Bridge Park can be maintained without building any of these 14 new high-rises on the park. The park is poised to come into as much as $200M when tax breaks expire starting 2018. [NYDN]
  • Developer Aby Rosen Instagramed an image of what the interiors of the Norman Foster-designed 610 Lexington Avenue will look like. [Curbed]

Images: B2 (left). Image by Field of Schemes; Manhattan aerial (right). Image Wiki Commons

Featured Story

Features, Major Developments, New Developments, real estate trends, Starchitecture

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Great neighborhood? Check. Great apartment? Check. Curb appeal?

Killer first impressions can be long lasting — and whether it’s a newly advertised flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, an ad for Tory Burch’s latest shoe collection —or finding new digs, “love at first sight” spot-on marketing moments play a sizeable role in how we make our decisions.

Industry experts note that a large percentage of a house hunter’s decision to explore a property further than the curb is based the project’s “wow” factor. Truth is, it sets the “perception” stage of what’s to come beyond a grand entrance or swanky lobby that was designed to provide a sense of arrival and belonging. Obviously, at the end of the day, a building’s outside will only persuade potential buyers to see more, and first impressions can vary from one individual to the next, but the “I was meant to live here” moment is fairly universal.

How a building’s design tugs at your desire to ‘be someone’


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