Here’s a closer look at Renzo Piano’s much-anticipated condominium tower planned for a full block-front in West SoHo, between Broome and Watts streets. Dubbed The SoHo Tower, the 25-story building is being developed by way of a partnership between SHVO, Halpern Real Estate Ventures, Itzhaki Acquisition and Bizzi & Partners Development. The team picked up much of the development site in 2014 for $130 million, and yesterday, the Commercial Observer reported they’ve secured the final portion of the project site at 555 Broome Street for $9 million.
Adult Ball Pit Coming to Soho; Time-Lapse Video Shows Street Art Installation of Five-Story Ballerina, Fri, August 7, 2015
- A British creative agency is bringing an 81,000-ball pit for adults to Soho. You can make a reservation for a 30-minute session. [Gothamist]
- The MTA says subway stations where trash cans were removed saw a 66 percent decline in the number of garbage bags hauled out. [NYDN]
- A new poll found that only 33 percent of New Yorkers feel their quality of life is “good” or “very good,” a record low. [WSJ]
- Famed French street artist JR has just installed a giant ballerina image on a Tribeca building. It was inspired by his work on the film Les Bosquet, a collaboration with the New York City Ballet. [6sqft inbox]
- Starchitect Renzo Piano is taking on an unusual project–redefining the suburban shopping mall. [Tech Insider]
- Check out the new NYC showroom for Danish design firm Vipp. [Wallpaper]
- Did Jane Jacobs fail understand the suburbs and see that gentrification would make cities unaffordable? [Daily Beast]
Last month it was revealed that Renzo Piano would be following up his new Whitney Museum with a 290-foot residential tower at 555 Broome Steet (previously pinned as 100 Varick Street) in Hudson Square right on the border of Soho. While at the time details on the project were scarce with just one rendering making the rounds, NY Yimby has a new image of the starchitect-designed building which reveal a far softer and curvier glass form than previously depicted.
The Whitney Bag via Max Mara (L); The new Whitney Museum via 6sqft (R)
The architecture world has been pretty “meh” on Renzo Piano‘s new $422 million Whitney Museum, neither loving nor hating the patchwork of shapes and angles. But if the starchitect is hoping for a more glowing design review, he still has a chance with the fashion world. Piano has designed the Whitney bag, “directly inspired by the pure design and sophisticated materials of the new Whitney Museum of American Art,” for Italian fashion house Max Mara.
Renzo Piano’s versatility continues to win the hearts of NYC developers, and it looks like the starchitect is finally getting his chance to flex his muscle in the residential realm. The Post reports that Piano—who just cut the ribbon to the new Whitney to rave reviews—has been chosen by Michael Shvo and Bizzi & Partners to design a brand new 290-foot tower at 100 Varick Street in up-and-coming Hudson Square bordering Soho.
May 1st will mark a new era for the Whitney when its brand new home along the High Line swings its doors open to the public for the first time. A project that has been decades in the making, the $422 million structure designed by Renzo Piano is a game changer for a museum that had long outgrown its Upper East Side space. Boasting a whopping 220,000 square feet of column-free spaces, this glass and steel behemoth is a dynamic assemblage of shapes and angles, and perfectly outfitted to host the Whitney Museum’s 22,000 works and then some. Though the museum won’t officially open for another few days, this morning 6sqft joined a trove of celebrants at the pre-opening preview of the new High Line-hugging masterpiece. Take an exclusive photo tour with us inside ahead.
As we all await the opening of the new building of the Whitney Museum for American Art in May, it might be interesting to see what’s underneath it—or was.
There’s an old saying, “To create, you must first destroy,” and so long as it doesn’t specify how much of one and how good the other, the statement generally slips by without challenge. So it was with the Whitney’s new site along the High Line in the Meatpacking District. There wasn’t a lot that needed to be destroyed. There was, however, this little building, the Gansevoort Pumping Station, a small, classically inspired edifice with arches separated by pilasters. It was designed by Michael and Mitchell Bernstein, brothers who were widely known for turn of the twentieth-century tenements. Designed in 1906 and completed in 1908, it was built as a pumphouse for high-pressure fire service by the City of New York and later served as one of the area’s quintessential meat markets.
- The Whitney Museum of American Art’s new Renzo Piano-designed building along the High Line will open in May. [NY Times]
- Historic photos of the New York garbage strike of 1911. [The Bowery Boys]
- SantaCon’s not going to Bushwick after all. The organizers said the neighborhood “does not have the capacity to be an appropriate destination for this year’s celebration.” [am NY]
- The Street Museum of Art is taking over boring billboards with unique street art. [Bowery Boogie]
- A round up of 3D-printed holiday gifts. [Mashable]
Images: New Whitney via Timothy Schenck (L); Street art billboard via Street Museum of Art (R)
Real Estate Wire: East NY Residents Weigh In On the City’s Revitalization Plans; A Father and Son’s Land-Use Legacy, Tue, August 19, 2014
- Residents of East New York react to the city’s revitalization plan for their neighborhood. [WSJ]
- A developer’s best friends: The father and son law team who have worked for decades to secure changes to properties’ permitted use or size. [WSJ]
- Renzo Piano’s design for the new Whitney Museum along the High Line is almost complete. [Curbed]
- A map of non-profit organizations that have sold off their buildings for large sums to residential developers. [Curbed]
- The Sultan of Brunei is not interested in buying a London or New York hotel, after all. [TRD]
- What the 7-story luxury residential development on Attorney Street will look like. [Bowery Boogie]
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