Rafael Vinoly

Starchitecture, Tribeca

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Pier 26 image via Curbed

When he’s not designing the city’s tallest towers, starchitect Rafael Viñoly has a philanthropic side. The New York Times reported that he’ll be donating his services to the Hudson River Park Trust to design the long-planned science education and research center on Pier 26 in Tribeca (famous for serving as the location of the Village People’s 1978 “Y.M.C.A” video). Known as an estuarium, the project is part of a larger redevelopment of the pier, which will include a new park by landscape architects OLIN, the current free kayaking program and dog runs, and a City Vineyard restaurant, according to Curbed.

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condos, Financial District, New Developments, Starchitecture

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Rendering by ArX Solutions

On the 14th anniversary of the day that caused the city to question our skyward building ambitions, we give you a new look at lower Manhattan’s future tallest apartment tower, 125 Greenwich Street. Not only has the city regained its confidence in building high again, but it has now been feverishly erecting 1,000-plus-foot supertall towers at a faster rate than nearly any other global metropolis. This particular residential spire will soar 77 stories and roughly 1,100 feet high, some 200 feet taller than downtown’s next tallest ground-up residential buildings, 30 Park Place (937 feet) and New York by Gehry (870 feet).

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condos, Financial District, New Developments, Starchitecture

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Rendering via NY Yimby via Shvo

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything on Rafael Viñoly’s tower slated to rise in the Financial District, but it looks like the starchitect’s next supertall is inching closer to a full reveal. Ground was broken at the building’s 125 Greenwich Street site about four months ago, and now this newly uncovered rendering via NY Yimby gives us a much better idea of its height, its look, and how it fits in with the downtown skyline. Previous renderings had shown a stark, tall and slim rectangle—very much a glass version of Viñoly’s 432 Park—while this new and sweeping depiction highlights a structure that will taper slightly as it rises, and feature a stacked crown of what appear to be residences and sky-high terraces.

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condos, New Developments, Nomad, Starchitecture

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Image via New York YIMBY

Is there any architect more in demand than Rafael Viñoly these days? NY YIMBY has uncovered the first renderings of the starchitect’s latest residential project, a tower slated to pierce the sky from a Nomad site at 281 Fifth Avenue. Though notably smaller than 432 Park Avenue at just 705 feet, the skyscraper does share the 432’s stark and very geometrical shape. It will also be one of the tallest in the neighborhood once constructed.

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Midtown, Starchitecture

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Most ideas usually end up in the trash but few ideas are inspired by the basket that holds them. A recent discovery by The Real Deal has revealed that the city’s residential tower-of the-moment, 432 Park Avenue, was actually inspired by a Josef Hoffmann-designed wastebasket released in 1905. The revelation came via a talk held last December at the Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance where Harry Macklowe, the co-developer of the supertall, told the crowd that the repository was an “important touchstone” for the 1,396-foot-high design.

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Midtown East, Recent Sales

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The Real Deal reports that Saudi billionaire and retail magnate Fawaz Al Hokair is the buyer of the $95 million penthouse at 432 Park, the city’s current tallest residential building. The unit went into contract in 2013 for roughly $11,500 per square foot, but sources are just now coming out with his identity. Al Hokair is the founder and chairman of Fawaz Alhokair Group, the most valuable retail and real estate company in Saudi Arabia. Forbes estimates the company is worth $22 billion, and that Al Hokair’s net worth is $1.37 billion.

When the deal closes it will be the second most expensive condo sale ever in the city, stealing the title from Bill Ackman’s $91.5 million buy at One57 and following only behind the $100 million penthouse sale, also at One57.

More details, interior renderings, and a floorplan ahead

Meatpacking District, New Developments, Starchitecture

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Look out—not up—because there’s a new low-rise Rafael Vinoly-designed building coming our way. The architect mastermind behind the city’s tallest residential tower, 432 Park Avenue, has just been chosen to design a comparatively demure ten-story office-and-retail building in the Meatpacking District, reports The Real Deal. The new addition is being developed by Vornado Realty Trust and Aurora Capital Associates and is located on the former site of Prince Lumber at 61 Ninth Avenue. No design details have emerged thus far, but the building will come with 123,000 square feet of space with retail at its first two floors and office space above. And given its position just a block from the High Line, something starchitecturally audacious wouldn’t be totally out of order.

[Via TRD]


Architecture, Events

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Image © dbox

We’ve all seen more than our fair share of 432 Park Avenue‘s facade around town, but finally here comes an opportunity to get inside the building. The Storefront for Art and Architecture has just announced that the Viñoly supertall will be the site of their 2015 spring benefit, TRANS. The gala, being held Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, will be the first public event hosted at the unopened building, and by the looks of the program, it also promises to be as starchitect-studded and “transcendent” as these things get.

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condos, Midtown East, New Developments, Starchitecture

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NYC supertalls all over town are weeping: 432 Park Avenue is officially the tallest residential building in the city as of today, topping out at 1,396 feet, and the second-tallest tower after One World Trade Center. Concrete on the highest floor of the Rafael Viñoly-designed building is being poured, probably as we speak, cementing (no pun intended) the residential tower’s place as not only the tallest in NYC, but in the entire western hemisphere. And though One WTC reaches 1,776 feet, 408 feet is accounted by its spire. So, when you only count its roof height, it’s actually 28 feet lower than 432 Park. The tower will open next year, and it’s already seeing groundbreaking sales, including that of the $95 million penthouse.

Photo via DBOX

Real Estate Wire

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  • Brazil’s top hotelier is looking to make his mark on 57th Street. Billionaire Rogerio Fasano is in talks to have starchitect Rafael Vinoly design the building. [NYDN]
  • It ain’t easy being green: Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo, and her Colombian billionaire beer heir husband, have neighbors up in arms over the noise they’re making trying to dig a geothermal well beneath their Gramercy townhouse. [DNA Info]
  • The plan to green a downtrodden triangle flanked by Chambers, West Broadway and Reade Street was revealed last night.  [Tribeca Citizen]
  • As previously predicted, with new units on the market, Brooklyn’s 14-month streak of rising rental prices ended in August. [TRD]
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is ready to take new for proposals from developers, hotel investors or others interested in converting the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal at JFK into an airport hotel. [WSJ]

TWA Terminal (left); Bogardus Park in Tribeca (right)


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