Archinect - News 2017-08-17T07:51:38-04:00 London’s Walkie Talkie Tower, previously titled "UK's worst building of the year", sells for a record $1.7 billion Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-27T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T13:08:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The price, a record for a single U.K. office property, is remarkable given that the building will face ongoing maintenance costs, JPMorgan Chase &amp; Co. analysts including Tim Leckie wrote in a client note. LKK, which sells Chinese herbal medicines, paid a 13 percent premium to book value for the property even as Land Securities&rsquo;s shares trade at a 26 percent discount, he said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Land Securities Group Plc&nbsp;and Canary Wharf Group Plc agreed to sell the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly</a>-designed&nbsp;Walkie Talkie for 1.28 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) to Hong Kong-based LKK Health Products Group,&nbsp;founded in 1992 by the Lee Kum Kee family, whose primary business sells a variety of condiments.</p> <p><em>Asian investors have poured into London&rsquo;s office market in the year since the Brexit vote, capitalizing on the weak pound to buy towers for record-high prices. Hong Kong real estate developer C C Land Holdings&nbsp;<a href="" title="C C Land to Buy London&rsquo;s Cheesegrater Tower for $1.4 Billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">paid</a>&nbsp;1.15 billion pounds for the Cheesegrater tower in May.</em></p> Initiated by Donald Trump, the Far West Side of Manhattan Development is Almost Finished Nicholas Korody 2017-06-23T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T11:58:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="844" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort to convert the old Penn Central rail yard on the Far West Side of Manhattan into high-rises has bumped along since being proposed in the mid-1970s by a developer named Donald J. Trump. What was proposed for the area often rankled neighbors, who found the buildings to be too tall, too close together and too pricey. But, after welcoming its first residents in the late 1990s, the controversial mega-project is entering its homestretch.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The site includes buildings by architects like Richard Meier and the soon-too-be-completed Three Waterline Square by Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly.</p> <p>While Donald Trump is no longer the landlord, his name still appears on fa&ccedil;ades.</p> Waterfront Towers Reel In Unusual Loan Deal Richard Meier & Partners 2016-11-29T12:10:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="845" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of the foundations are completed for the three buildings, which will have rental apartments on the lower floors and condominiums on the upper ones. The partnership tapped Uruguayan architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, who designed the slender ultraluxury condo skyscraper at 432 Park Ave., Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects LLP and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC to design the glass, stone and metal towers, which range from 34 to 38 stories tall.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> With New York's Waterline Square, three architects are better than one Richard Meier & Partners 2016-11-17T13:23:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:52:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three leading starchitecture firms &ndash; Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects, Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates &ndash; have joined forces to collaborate on Waterline Square, a new residential development occupying five acres of land on one of the Upper West Side's last remaining waterfront development sites along the Hudson River.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rafael Viñoly admits 432 Park ‘has a couple of screw-ups’ Alyssa Alimurung 2016-05-09T12:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:30:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Critics of the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere, 432 Park Avenue, are quick to try to bring the tower down from its 1,400-foot pedestal. And strangely, its very own architect is the latest jump on the bandwagon. Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly admitted at a Douglas Elliman talk last week that his creation &ldquo;has a couple of screw-ups,&rdquo; namely the window framing, which he blames on developer Harry Macklowe, and the tiny issue of &ldquo;the interior design and layout.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As 432 Park Ave reaches completion, the number of supertall skyscrapers in the world is now 100</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue</a></li></ul> Take a look at Rafael Viñoly's new circular bridge in Uruguay Alexander Walter 2016-01-21T13:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:49:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why build a straightforward bridge for an unremarkable sum when the same bridge could be built as a circle for vast amounts of money? A new bridge spanning (or circumnavigating) Laguna Garz&oacute;n, a coastal lagoon in southeastern Uruguay, poses just that question. [...] At a glance, it&rsquo;s the sort of ridiculousness that you might expect of a bridge in London. In fact, there&rsquo;s a perfectly good functional explanation for it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The concept of the Puente Laguna Garz&oacute;n was to transform a traditional vehicular crossing into an event that reduces the speed of the cars, to provide an opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of an amazing landscape and at the same time create a pedestrian place in the center," the architect explained the unusual bridge concept.</p><p>Other Vi&ntilde;oly-related news stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly skyscraper will be tallest in Chicago's South Loop</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walkie Talkie Tower wins Carbuncle Cup for UK's worst building of the year</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue</a></li></ul> New Rafael Viñoly skyscraper will be tallest in Chicago's South Loop Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-24T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:10:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, which also designed the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in Hyde Park, the 792-unit building would be the first of three that Crescent Heights plans just south of the park. [...] Crescent Heights has become one of the busiest apartment buyers in downtown Chicago, recently paying $126 million for a 298-unit apartment building in the South Loop. It also owns 160 rental condominiums in Walton on the Park, a Gold Coast high-rise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on development in Chicago:</p><ul><li><a title="Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center competition attracts 140 firms, early 2016 selection date of architect expected to be delayed</a></li><li><a title="Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers</a></li><li><a title="In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></li><li><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></li></ul> Proposed 30-acre green roof would be the world's largest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-09T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T14:27:48-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A South Bay developer is reimagining&nbsp;an outdated Cupertino mall by building the world&rsquo;s largest green roof on top of it. The Vallco Shopping Mall, bought by Sand Hill Property Company for $316 million last year, is destined to become a 30-acre elevated public park that will connect shops to offices, trails and vineyards. The $3 billion design was inspired by&nbsp;&ldquo;starchitect&rdquo; Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, who is working alongside&nbsp;Olin Landscape Architects to replace most [of] the Valleco Shopping Mall...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>&nbsp;</p> A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue DianePham 2015-06-01T08:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-07T13:10:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most ideas usually end up in the trash but few ideas are inspired by the basket that holds them. A recent discovery has revealed that...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 &ldquo;important touchstone&rdquo; for the 1,396-foot-high design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Starchitect Rafael Vinoly to Design a 10-Story Meatpacking District Building Alyssa Alimurung 2015-05-26T13:18:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:32:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Look out&mdash;not up&mdash;because there&rsquo;s a new low-rise Rafael Vinoly-designed building coming our way. The architect mastermind behind the city&rsquo;s tallest residential tower, 432 Park Avenue, has just been chosen to 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.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rafael Viñoly's Edward M. Kennedy Institute set to open its doors in Boston Alexander Walter 2015-02-09T15:09:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:12:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it opens next month in Boston, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will be aiming to restore respect for Congress at a time when rancor and partisanship have seriously damaged its reputation. [...] The 68,000-square-foot institute, designed by the architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, is on the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts and has a 99-year lease on the site.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Walkie Scorchie’ building given permanent sunshade Alexander Walter 2014-05-16T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T14:10:14-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Walkie Talkie &ndash; or 20 Fenchurch Street &ndash; became known as the Walkie Scorchie because of its apparent ability to bounce heat from the sun on to buildings in the next street in the City of London. Yesterday, the developer, Land Securities, said that it had received planning permission for a &ldquo;brise soleil&rdquo; sunshade to be attached to the building to replace a temporary system erected last summer. Work is due to start this month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rafael Viñoly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections Archinect 2013-09-03T12:29:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T14:11:16-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="690" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developers have promised urgent action to &ldquo;cover up&rdquo; the Walkie Talkie skyscraper in the City after an ultra-bright light reflected from the building melted a Jaguar car on the streets below. The 525ft, &pound;200 million building has been renamed the &ldquo;Walkie Scorchie&rdquo; after its distinctive concave surfaces reflected a dazzling beam of light which blinded passers-by and has now caused extensive damage to vehicles parked beneath it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Superscraper 432 Park Avenue is Officially On the Market sara@curbed 2013-03-20T13:22:00-04:00 >2013-06-02T02:27:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's the first official day of spring, and that means this year's crop of new developments is about to start hitting the market. They'll have a lot to live up to, because the season is starting off with a big one: 432 Park Avenue! The city's&mdash;nay, the western hemisphere's&mdash;future tallest residential building is now available. Or at least, two-thirds of the units are.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Rafael Vinoly-designed superscraper at 432 Park Avenue -- which, when finished, will be the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere -- has officially kicked-off sales. Prices for what's currently available? $20 million to $82.5 million.</p> Architect Rafael Viñoly reflects on his past career and current projects Archinect 2011-09-16T18:38:00-04:00 >2012-11-15T00:35:24-05:00 <img src="" width="272" height="193" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite the huge workload, and the high profile of the buildings, I find him in a restrained mood. &ldquo;The overall situation,&rdquo; he shakes his head, &ldquo;is such a mess, it&rsquo;s frightening. I&rsquo;m going to be alone in the middle of the ocean for six days. To reflect.&rdquo; But if that makes him sound miserable, he&rsquo;s not. Just reflective.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rafael Viñoly Takes The Stage Archinect 2011-08-26T19:13:00-04:00 >2012-11-15T00:35:34-05:00 <img src="" width="610" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leonardo da Vinci was an architect, painter, musician, and more. Corb was an architect and watchmaker. Recently, we've seen celebrity designers David Rockwell, Santiago Calatrava, and Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron take an interest in set design for theater. And most recently, Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, one of the world's most renowned architects today, takes center stage, yet again, at Bard SummerScape for the Festival's first fully-staged production of Richard Strauss's opera, Die Liebe der Danae.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Viñoly Working on 1,420-foot tower, New York's Tallest? HotSoup 2011-08-25T09:34:00-04:00 >2012-11-15T00:35:45-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At that height, the new tower would become the second tallest building in the city, surpassing the Empire State Building and even 1 World Trade Center, if you don&rsquo;t count the 400-foot antenna that drives its height to the symbolic reaches of 1,776 feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p> It's mostly just idle Internet speculation, but it's the most intriguing thing the Uruguayan has designed since the Walkie Talkie tower. The project is located on the old Drake Hotel site, at 57th Street and Park Avenue, and can be seen from Central Park in the rendering above&mdash;Jean Nouvel's MoMA tower is at right.</p> Rafael Viñoly Takes The Opera Stage Archinect 2011-07-27T12:52:00-04:00 >2012-11-15T00:35:55-05:00 <img src="" width="331" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week the architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly was speaking&mdash;not kindly&mdash;about colleagues of his who think they can do things besides make buildings. &ldquo;This is a profession,&rdquo; he said dryly, &ldquo;that generates an enormous amount of arrogance.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <i>&ldquo;Architects feel empowered to give opinions about politics and sociology and philosophy without knowing much about it,&rdquo; Mr. Vi&ntilde;oly said by phone from Beijing, where his firm is building an engineering school. &ldquo;Kind of in the same way that they think they can design furniture or fashion or utensils for dining. I think architects tend to believe that they can almost do anything, which is a wonderful characteristic, but in some cases you just fall flat. Theatrical design is just a completely different vocabulary. It&rsquo;s a very, very difficult thing to do well.&rdquo;</i></p>