Events, Starchitecture, Urban Design

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There are skyscrapers going up left and right all over Manhattan, and in the race to build the loftiest and the glassiest, big name developers are seeking out even bigger name architects to brand their supertalls with iconic designs. As part of their ongoing Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile seriesthe Museum of the City of New York will be hosting what’s sure to be a riveting panel in which several of the world’s leading architects and engineers will be discussing how they approach the design and construction challenges that come with building 100 stories and up.

Details on how to attend here


Weekly Market Snapshot: The Week of June 18, 2014

By Diane Pham, Wed, June 18, 2014

Weekly Market Snapshot: The Week of June 18, 2014
  • For the week of May 19, 2014, 81 condos sold for an average price of $3.1 million, while 123 coops sold for an average of $1.3 million. The Walker Tower, One57, and the newly opened Marquand stole the top three spots for most expensive sales that week.
  • NYC’s soon-to-be-tallest residential tower at 432 Park Avenue surpassed its 1,000-ft mark this week and is now taller than any rooftop north of the Empire State Building. The Vinoly-designed building will top out at 1,397 feet – taller even than One World Trade Center.
  • Beauty or beast? We take a closer look at the Herzog & de Meuron-designed 40 Bond — form, function, sales prices and all.

For market trends, top residential sales, and the latest starchitecture news, we turn to CityRealty‘s Weekly Market Snapshot for the scoop.

get the report here

Architecture, Flatiron

Observations: Sherpas Not Needed

By Carter B. Horsley, Mon, May 19, 2014

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Some people have great hair that never goes astray.

That made me think about buildings with their new-fangled window-washer rigs. They’re not new but the recent “gold rush” of high-end residential condominiums have led some developers to design curious new building forms that would appear to be major obstacle courses for those marvelous skywalkers who brave the elements and have never experienced a tinge of acrophobia.

The faint-hearted, of course, prefer sheer city cliffs, but only the bravest descend from the heights over the new often bumpy terrain.

Sherpas not needed

Downtown Brooklyn, New Developments, Rentals

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Downtown Brooklyn is booming across the board, and buyers are keen to get in on the changes afoot. Five months after hitting the market, Brooklyn’s tallest tower is filling out fast, with half of the units now leased. The SLCE Architects-designed residential skyscraper at 388 Bridge Street rises 590 feet, with 234 rentals and 144 are condominiums spread across 53 stories. The Stahl Organization, who developed the building, says that units are going at a rate of about one per day. 90 apartments remain, and prices range from $2,700 per month for a studio to $6,290 for a two-bedroom apartment.

[Via The Real Deal]

Image via Brooklyn Eagle

Architecture, Flatiron, Starchitecture

43 East 22nd Manhattan Condo KPF Continuum Tower Skyscraper luxury ()

A new 80-unit condominium tower at 45 East 22nd street will bring the distance between New York’s two preeminent skylines a bit closer. Ian Bruce Eichner’s, Continuum Company has plans to build the loftiest skyscraper between the Empire State Building (1,250 feet) in Midtown and the Woolworth Building (792 feet) in the Financial District. The project designed by the high-rise pros of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, stretches skyward 60 floors — a whopping 778 feet from an unassuming 50-foot wide lot currently occupied by two row-homes.

We recently stopped by the site to see how things are coming along, and it looks like demolition has just started. Check out our survey and snaps of the project ahead.

More photos and renderings here

New Developments, opinion, Starchitecture

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One of the city’s noblest professions is “sidewalk superintendent.” These intrepid pedestrians love to peer through holes in the wall to watch large equipment playing the construction game. The more sophisticated of these curiosity-seekers also look for holes in the city’s facades to glimpse the progress of larger-than-normal, future skyline stars.

You can imagine the astonishment, therefore, when I noticed, a couple of days ago, that 432 Park Avenue had adopted a “patriotic” stance, and that its fenestration grid now is highlighted, from top down, in red, blue and white, the colors of the American flag, and also the French flag — a stark divergence from the pristine, streamlined design set out by the building’s architect, Rafael Vinoly.

For sidewalk superintendents, the former Drake is startlingly colorful

Architecture, New Developments

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New York YIMBY has given us our first look of developer Bruce Eichner‘s tower planned for 41 East 22nd Street.

The 777-foot skyscraper, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox and Goldstein Hill & West, will boast 60 stories hosting 81 residential units. Though the easiest way to characterize the new development is crazy tall (it’s set to trump neighboring One Madison by 150 feet) the architectural team gave the structure a bit of flair by way of a massive cantilever, and a very angular, dynamic crown.

[Via New York YIMBY]


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