Archinect - News 2015-10-06T18:32:10-04:00 Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscrapers? Alexander Walter 2015-09-21T17:03:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T17:12:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A slew of innovative new condo towers are being proposed for Vancouver, as the city aims to take its arguably boring architecture to the next level. [...] Vancouver's move into adventurous architecture arguably began back in 2013, when Danish architect Bjarke Ingels revealed his design for twisting tower Vancouver House, which is now under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG&rsquo;s 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe Tower for Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interview with Vancouver Art Gallery's director: how will Herzog &amp; de Meuron's new museum impact Canadian architecture?</a></li></ul> This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home Alexander Walter 2015-06-17T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T13:04:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vornado's super luxury tower at 220 Central Park South isn't even out of the ground yet, but billionaire buyers seemingly can't wait to stash their stacks of cash in the 950-foot-tall tower. The Real Deal hears rumblings that a Qatari investor is eyeing a monstrous spread that would cost around $250 million, making it easily the most expensive home in New York City. It would completely obliterate the current record, the $100 million sale at One57.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert A.M. Stern's NYC condo towers have a habit of attracting record bids (previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC&rsquo;s Most Expensive Condo to Be Listed at $130 Million</a>).</p> Tadao Ando shares his design ambitions for 152 Elizabeth Street in New York Alexander Walter 2015-06-12T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T18:19:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>'s first ever NYC building&nbsp;&mdash; the brutalist condo tower project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">152 Elizabeth Street</a>&nbsp;&mdash; is kicking into high gear with the release of new renderings, photos of the completed sales gallery, floorplans for the first residences coming on the market, the launch of a new website for the building, and the unveiling of a video interview with the Japanese master and the project's interior designer, Michael Gabellini of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gabellini Sheppard Associates</a>.</p><p>Read on for more details we've received, and watch the video interview below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"For 152 Elizabeth Street, Ando harmoniously balances fundamental elements including water, metal, glass greenery and concrete. His inventive use of concrete, a material that&rsquo;s ubiquitous in a majority of his projects, has become famous around the world.</p><p>Part concrete, part jewel box, the building makes a strong yet quiet statement with a fa&ccedil;ade comprised of voluminous glass, burnished metal and flanked by poured in-place concrete and a living green wall that rise...</p> Further details on Tadao Ando's NYC luxury condo tower Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T20:50:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T09:13:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets at the edge of NoLIta, demolition work began in early March to make way for a seven-story condominium, Mr. Ando&rsquo;s first stand-alone project in the city, although he has designed a restaurant (Morimoto in Chelsea) and residential interiors in Manhattan. Sales are expected to begin in April, with prices [...] likely to rise to more than $30 million for the four-bedroom penthouse, according to Mr. Steinberg.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New details on Tadao Ando's upcoming residential project in NYC's NoLIta</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando to design first residential building in New York</a></li></ul> Snøhetta to take over SF development project near Civic Center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-29T19:53:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T20:03:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This would be the first U.S. tower for Sn&oslash;hetta, founded in Norway but on the rise in the United States since being selected in 2004 to design the pavilion for the National Sept. 11 Memorial &amp; Museum. Sn&oslash;hetta will replace an even better-known architect for the corner: Richard Meier, the Pritzker Prize-winning designer of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, whose firm has been working on a tower in the same location since 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The site in question is directly adjacent the Civic Center's metro stop on Market St., and a large part of the developer's plans revolve around shifting this existing stop one block north, to avoid (in the SFGate author's words) the "squalid even by neighborhood standards" area. The residential tower being built on the site, which includes condominiums with retail space on the ground floor, would account for its affordable housing requirements by building separate properties three blocks away.</p><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's other work in San Francisco includes&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SFMoMA's expansion</a>, which is currently under construction.</p> Isay Weinfeld to build first NYC-based project, Jardim Justine Testado 2014-09-30T21:10:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:22:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has been commissioned to design his first NYC-based building, a 36-unit luxury condominium project called Jardim. Set to be built on 527 West 27th Street in West Chelsea, Jardim will be surrounded by other recent starchitect-designed projects like the High Line and the developing Zaha Hadid-designed luxury condo building at 520 West 28th Street.</p><p>Here are some real-estate-friendly tidbits we know about Jardim so far:</p><ul><li>Commissioned by New York-based Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group, Isay Weinfeld will be responsible for the architecture and interiors of Jardim</li><li>The project will be located at 527 West 27th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, in Chelsea just west of the High Line.&nbsp;</li><li>The building features 36 condominium residences ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms. Sales for the units are scheduled to launch in early 2015.</li><li>It will be a block-through development comprised of two 11-story buildings.</li><li>Many residences will have private outdoor...</li></ul> NYC’s Most Expensive Condo to Be Listed at $130 Million Alexander Walter 2014-09-23T19:01:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:19:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A triplex penthouse at Zeckendorf Development Co.&rsquo;s tower under construction on Manhattan&rsquo;s Upper East Side will be offered for sale at $130 million, making it New York&rsquo;s most expensive apartment listing. The 12,394-square-foot (1,151-square-meter) property will span the top three floors at 520 Park Ave., where sales will begin the first quarter of next year, Arthur Zeckendorf said in an interview today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Along the High Line: Top This! Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T20:39:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The facades of his 515 Highline, a 12-unit condo at 515 West 29th Street in West Chelsea that will almost touch the elevated park, will be rippled like the surface of a sea. And Soori High Line, a 27-unit condo across the street at 522 West 29th, will have not only rooftop pools [...]. More than a dozen lower-floor apartments will also come with private pools to allow residents to float above it all while contemplating the brash buildings that increasingly populate the surrounding blocks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Herzog & de Meuron's Undulating Condo Design for the Hudson River Waterfront Revealed Diane Pham 2014-07-14T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:28:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the far west side is the city&rsquo;s new Gold Coast and Manhattan&rsquo;s last frontier, a necklace of ravishing projects have been announced along the Hudson River waterfront. The latest reveal is for a new 12-story, 88-unit condominium coming from Herzog &amp; de Meuron Architects. The Hudson Square site at 156 Leroy Street will replace a handful of low-slung buildings that include two auto-body shops, a gentleman&rsquo;s club and the former Lunchbox Diner.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New details on Tadao Ando's upcoming residential project in NYC's NoLIta Justine Testado 2014-06-19T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T16:58:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The first renderings are out for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>'s first project in New York City, 152 Elizabeth Street, a 32,000 sq.ft "ultra-luxury" condominium building to be constructed at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Street in NoLIta in Manhattan. New York-based luxury residential development firm Sumaida + Khurana commissioned the acclaimed Japanese master architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this past March</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>152 Elizabeth Street will add to the changing state of the NoLIta neighborhood, whose moniker stands for "North of Little Italy." In recent years, the neighborhood's historically industrial character has become a trendy hotspot for real estate, boutiques, restaurants, and bars.</p><p>Based on Sumaida + Khurana's renderings, the building's design will include Ando's signature elements like poured-in-place concrete, galvanized steel, and an abundant use of glass. Michael Gabellini and Kimberly Sheppard of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gabellini Sheppard Associates</a> will work on the interiors and serve as Architect of Record.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At 7 stories tall and capped...</p> In Detroit, a Groundbreaking School Comes Back as Condos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-18T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to plummeting enrollment and a troubled district, vacant school buildings&mdash;heck, just vacant buildings&mdash;are none too rare in Detroit. After 19 years of abandonment, the Nellie Leland School, however, is no longer vacant&mdash;it, as abandoned urban buildings are want to do, is back in session as condos. [...] Today, the school is known as Leland Lofts, a set of expansive condos in the Lafayette Park neighborhood near downtown Detroit, where a 1,465-square-foot, one-bedroom loft goes for $175K.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Downtown Brooklyn's Residential Boom Adds Height, Lacks Good Looks jldailey618 2013-07-16T18:44:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T19:18:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The last several years have seen a series of tall towers sprout from the Downtown Brooklyn skyline, but [...] these new edifices leave much to be desired in the looks department. The title of the borough's tallest building keeps passing from one development to the next, but none of these buildings&mdash;the Brooklyner, 388 Bridge Street, or Avalon Willoughby West, to name a few&mdash;offer any architectural integrity.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A little of the less-than-beautiful Downtown Brooklyn buildings that are dominating the borough's skyline, from tallest to shortest.</p> Frank Gehry designing new tower in Santa Monica Archinect 2013-03-04T11:52:00-05:00 >2013-12-25T13:01:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="452" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry is designing a new 22-story tower that developers want to build in downtown Santa Monica, near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, according to the official website for the project. The structure will feature space for a hotel and condominiums, as well as restaurant and retail space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ghostly Condos of New York Orhan Ayyüce 2013-02-12T18:49:00-05:00 >2013-02-20T18:29:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve seen Kelly Ripa there. Two little kids were playing with Legos on the treadmill next to her, and there was nobody else.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> If you thought China or Dubai are&nbsp;the only places where you enter a multi million dollar condominium just&nbsp;purchased&nbsp;for that unruly son / daughter or a mistress, or&nbsp;laundering&nbsp;money.., hold on... Why is that all sold out prime luxury condo building in New York only occupied 10% with concierge, room service and all?</p> BIG Transforms Ft. Lauderdale Waterfront in Florida Archinect 2012-10-16T13:47:00-04:00 >2013-01-10T13:50:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and Cymbal Development transform a portion of Fort Lauderdale&rsquo;s New River front into a vibrant addition for the local community and future residents of the city.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The mixed-use development, Marina Lofts, in downtown Fort Lauderdale seeks to infuse a currently run-down stretch along the New River with a thriving pedestrian friendly public space thereby attracting new residents into its development. Totaling 1,000 rental apartments, 10,000 sq ft of restaurants and 25,000 sq ft of retail, the mixed-use development is broken into three phases. The Florida-based developer, Asi Cymbal, expects the project to have a positive long-term economic benefit to the city and local community of Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &ldquo;Our intent here is to create a world class project that will serve as a model for architecture, creativity, and energy along the most prime stretch of waterfront in Downtown Fort Lauderdale,&rdquo; says Asi Cymbal, owner of Cymbal Development.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Situ...</p> Frank Gehry Apartment in Hong Kong Sells for $61 Million HotSoup 2012-08-30T17:19:00-04:00 >2012-09-03T18:44:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry is arguably the world's most famous architect, and while hist projects are notoriously expensive to construct, they may be worth it, at least for residential developers. In Manhattan, the penthouses at New York by Gehry are up for rent for $60,000 per month, and in Hong Kong, an apartment in a newly completed Gehry-designed condo tower overlooking the harbor has just sold for $61 million. Talk about a Pritzker prize.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>