The Aon Center, Chicago’s third-tallest tower, will undergo a $185M renovation for the purposes of boosting tourism. This development, by the New York based 601W, will involve the addition of two 1,K’ exterior elevators in glass, as well as the addition of a rooftop observation deck to the existing structure, of which both are designed by our friends at Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Notable features will include a “sky summit”—a glass-encased pod which will hang off of the edge of the roof—as well as a cantilevered entrance hall at the base of the tower, and an observatory on the top two floors. In preparation for the additions the building’s HVAC system has been removed from the roof and placed elsewhere; also, two-thirds of the exterior columns on the Aon Center’s roof will be removed to allow better views from the deck. 601W has estimated that these additions will attract 2M additional tourists per year.
On Wednesday, November 7th, ABC Stone and LUXE Interiors + Design held a panel discussion and cocktail party in honor of the grand opening of ABC’s NYC flagship Experience Center. The engaging discussion focused on how to push stone usage to the edge and utilize the material in truly awe-inspiring ways. Panelists and intrepid designers Keith Baltimore, Jenny Kirschner, Carol Kurth, and Piera Ruvolo were on hand to share their knowledge and inspiration and the President of ASID NY Metro chapter, designer Kim Radovich, served as moderator.
Roger Ferris + Partners’ “Houston Alleyway” and 141 East Houston, at the site of the old Sunshine Cinema
Developer East End Capital has launched a website featuring new renderings to advertise office spaces at 141 East Houston Street, a 65,K SqFt, 9-storey development, designed by our friends at Roger Ferris + Partners, at the site of the old Sunshine Cinema movie theater. The renderings show that that new glassy box structure will contain commercial space, retail volumes at grade, and “Houston Alleyway”: a greenwalled passageway which will run south from East Houston Street. Retail volumes will be able to accommodate a commercial kitchen and outdoor seating along the Alleyway, which will run along the eastern face of the building. The offices will feature 12′ ceilings without columns, wraparound windows, concierge services and outdoor terraces, and shared amenities include an executive conference center and rooftop terrace.
Related Companies have released photos of the 6856′ SqFt penthouse atop 520 West 28th, both designed by our friends at Zaha Hadid Architects; the property features notably a sculptural white staircase and expansive rooftop terrace with views of the High Line. It occupies the top three floors of ZHA’s 11-storey luxury condo and it, the unit, is listed for $50M, making it the most expensive of the 39 condos in the building which was completed earlier this year. The interiors boast floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive views of the High Line park next to which the building stands; there is an open-plan lounge and dining room, as well as a library and five bedrooms spread out across the first two levels. The third is slightly smaller and gives onto the rooftop patio. The palette for the interiors is minimal, offering relief for the centerpiece, a curving white staircase designed by the late Zaha Hadid, who herself led this project.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated the V&A) has revealed renderings for a new project: V&A East, which will comprise a museum designed by Dublin-based O’Donnell + Tuomey, and a research center designed by our friends at Diller Scofidio + Renfro. V&A East will be located within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London: the museum will comprise two galleries to showcase V&A collections, and the research center will constitute a new state-of-the-art model for collection storage and public display: conceived as a vertically organized program, it will house 250,K objects from the V&A’s collections of fashion, textiles, sculpture, furniture, painting, ceramics, glass, design and architecture. Says Elizabeth Diller, Partner, DS+R, “[Stepping into] V&A East will be like stepping into an immersive cabinet of curiosities—a three-dimensional sampling of the eclectic collection of artifacts, programmed with diverse spaces for research, object study, workshops, and back-of-house functions.” Both venues of V&A East will be open to families, students of all ages, artists and designers, and tourists.
One Vanderbilt, a forthcoming supertall designed by our friends at Kohn Pedersen Fox, is expected to top out, at 1,401′, in fewer than two years; in the meantime, new construction photos show its distinctive terra cotta facade. Upon completion, expected to occur in mid-2020—construction is as yet well ahead of schedule—the 77-storey tower will become the New York’s fourth-tallest; it is is expected to reach 50-storeys by the end of 2018, and 37% of its units are already leased. Additionally, the building will feature the city’s fourth-tallest observation deck, at the observatory at One Vanderbilt, which will feature 3-storeys of indoor and outdoor space, and will exist 1,K+’ in elevation. A big draw for prospective leasees are the units’ extremely high ceilings, which range from 14.5′ to 24′, and columnless floorplates. To make this project possible, its developer SL Green spent $220M on a connection to and general improvements of the Grand Central Terminal subway station, adding a 4,K SqFt transit hall for commuters to gather. KPF will also add a 15,K SqFt public plaza along Vanderbilt Avenue to flank the building’s entrance.
Next month, ground will be broken on the expansion of the landmarked Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a reform synagogue in Los Angeles, which is the oldest and one of the largest Jewish congregations in that city. Originally designed by Samuel Tilden Norton, this expansion will be undertaken by our friends at OMA | The Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Construction on the $75M project will commence with the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion; the expansion, which covers three-storeys, will include space for the congregation as well as supportive services for the surrounding Wilshire Center district. The Pavilion will comprise a large event space and a smaller more flexible space, as well as, notably, a sunken garden. The new floors are characterized by a sloping facade which angles away from the historic temple, with a series of openings that filter light throughout the complex.
The Getty Gas Station in Chelsea is now the site of Lehmann Maupin’s second New York gallery, which was designed by our friends at Peter Marino Architect—the first, designed by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Furthermore, Marino and company will design the Hill Art Foundation as well as a luxury apartment complex, of which both will sit above the gallery. The 9,K SqFt gallery bowed with the exhibition “Liza Lou: Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds,” the sculptor’s first in the city in a decade, a comprehensive showing which required the use of the new as well as the original gallery space; also on view at the latter, the 22″-tall “Primary,” a patchwork of colored glass beads woven by South African artisans.
A topper in patinaed copper on the mansard roof of 150 Central Park South will be converted into a triplex penthouse condo by our friends at SPAN Architecture. The famed 37-storey, limestone clad building, atop which it will sit, and which is known as Hampshire House, was completed in 1937, and is characterized by a distinctive series of cascading terraces on its northern facade, as well as its two chimneys. Though it is a famous building it is not listed as a landmark, and this permits the team to undertake extensive interior alterations there, including the addition of two storeys and the carving out of a 40′ window in the roof. The project came about when Peter Pelsinski of SPAN discovered that the topper, which housed the building’s mechanical systems, could be converted into two new floors with towering 14′ ceilings.