At 210,K SqFt, the “Unisphere” is the single largest site-powered, net zero commercial structure in the United States. Designed by our friends at EwingCole, it houses clinical facilities for the treatment of pulmonary disease, heart failure, and organ transplantation, as well as a virtual drug development lab. The building employs multiple strategies in order to sustain itself, and has no operational carbon footprint because its energy is renewed onsite: among others, 3,000 photovoltaic panels generate 1,175 MWH of energy each year; a quarter-mile-long concrete maze called the “Earth Labyrinth”, located twelve feet below the complex, acts as a natural ventilation system, moderating indoor temperatures; also beneath the complex, 52 geo-exchange wells, 500′ deep, are used to store energy; also, windows in office areas are made of electrochromic glass which self-adjust their tints level according to the change of seasons, location of the sun, and cloud coverage.
LAGI 2018, the Land Art Generator Initiative competition in Melbourne, is an international contest which invites designers to create large-scale, site-specific public art that generates clean renewable energy for the city. For their submission, our friends at Olson Kundig have designed a gargantuan solar sail which can produce 1,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy. Called “Night and Day” it is powered by solar energy and pumped hydroelectric energy storage. The Land Art Generator Initiative was launched as part of Victoria State’s Renewable Energy Action Plan to meet Melbourne’s 2020 net-zero energy goals. This power plant project is proposed for St. Kilda Triangle on Port Phillip Bay, and if implemented could power as many as 200 homes 24 hours per day without creating emissions: in the daytime, the photovoltaic panel-clad curved sail would collect energy, which then powers a pump that channels water into a suspended hydro battery.
The former Roseland Ballroom has been replaced by a rental tower designed by our friends at CetraRuddy Architects which has now launched leasing. The 62-storey building at 242 West 53rd Street, known as “ARO”, contains 426 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, starting at $2,900/month; it was also feature a four-bedroom duplex penthouse. All apartments will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, oak floors, 10′ ceilings, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances; all bathrooms, Carrara marble floors and Dolomiti marble tiled walls. Amenities are expansive, spanning multiple floors, indoors and out, and include the ARO Club, which features game rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a half-size basketball court, golf simulator &al.
Phase One of the Central Hub in Sharjah, designed by our friends at Zaha Hadid Architects, will be completed in the first quarter of 2019: it is the central concept of the $6.5B Aljada development in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, a major transformational project for a city widely considered the Emirates’ cultural capital: its third largest and most populous. Integral to the design concept for the Central Hub is, in the architects’ own words, “The first moment a water droplet strikes the earth’s surface:” this is reflected in the complex’ array of buildings elliptically shaped to channel winds into public spaces and courtyards, allowing for a system of natural cooling; all told the Central Hub spans just under 2M SqFt, and includes sustainable features for irrigating recovered and recycled water, sustaining a microclimate for its exhaustive gardens, as well as solar-powered lighting solutions.
A former Ford Model T factory and army missile manufacturing facility in Charlotte will, through the intervention of our friends at S9 Architecture, be transformed into a major hub of creativity and innovation for the city, to be called Camp North End. Just northeast of the city’s downtown area, the development will feature 1.8M SqFt of office, retail, and event space and will be built around the historic factory which was built in the early nineteenth-century. The site was purchased by developer ATCO Properties in 2016 and opened to the public last year. S9’s master plan for camp North End sees the 76-acre campus transformed into a sustainable complex for long term occupancy by a variety of businesses, based around adaptive reuse of 12 buildings, in between each of which will be laid out gathering spaces where people can dine, socialize or hold events.
At the corner of Prince Street and Mott Street in Nolita, our friends at Marvel Architects have converted New York’s oldest parochial school, part of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral Campus, into modern residential units. The adaptive reuse project saw the creation of seven condos and two townhouses, as well as a multipurpose communal space for the Cathedral Campus. Features of the original Federal-style 1820 building were left intact, while those from subsequent additions and renovations were stripped away. For this project the firm undertook a comprehensive analysis of the building’s history, which allowed them to identify the various expansions undertaken there in the last 200 years and which guided them in their realization of the structure’s latest machination; the original physicality of the school was preserved, namely its H-shaped footprint; its western wing was transformed into a 5-storey, 8,K SqFt townhouse. Original windows were integrated into the renovation’s new rain screen exterior.
New renderings have been released by developer Tishman Speyer for 11 Hoyt Street, a 57-storey condo tower designed by our friends at Studio Gang, including views of interiors, amenity spaces, and its nearly 27,K SqFt private park, designed by our friends at Hollander Design. 11 Hoyt is rising next to the Fulton Street Macy’s where Tishman Speyer is transforming a 10-storey space above the store into a 620,K SqFt office hub called The Wheeler. 11 Hoyt is Jeanne Gang’s first residential project in NYC. The most notable feature of the development is undoubtedly its sprawling park, which features active and passive lawn spaces, barbecue pods, a sun deck (with a sauna), fitness deck, children’s play area and a “forest walk.” The Park Club amenity space, adjacent to the park, features a 75′ indoor saltwater pool, coworking and maker space, an exhaustive fitness center and other amenities. The facade of the tower is also notable for its scalloped concrete design. Also notable: the building’s 190 unique floorplans.
L&L Holding Company, Maefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group have revealed plans for TSX Broadway at 1568 Broadway, designed by our friends at Platt Byard Dovell White Architects (PBDW) and at Mancini Duffy. The first stage of the project involves the demolition of a landmarked theater: the 1,700-seat Palace Theatre, which is to be replaced by with 46-storey tower featuring 550,K SqFt of retail and entertainment space. The new theater will be elevated 30′ off the ground; TSX Broadway will also feature a 669-key luxe hotel. The original Beaux Arts theater was built between 1913 and 1912 by Milwaukee-based architects Kirchoff & Rose. Further additions include a new exterior entrance and giant marquee on 47th street. The project, which has a $2.5B price tag, was conceived in the hopes of creating a modern entertainment complex in Times Square and encourage other developers to do the same.
The Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters, designed by our friends at Deborah Berke Partners, combines an office development with an infrastructure project, involving as it does a public plaza and connections to said plaza from Market Street, a major thoroughfare in downtown Indianapolis. Slender floorplates and high ceilings allow for natural light to play a large aesthetic role in the interiors, which, in turn, minimize the building’s reliance upon electricity, which is further assisted by a high performance façade which is transparent and opaque at different points and features adjustable shading fins. Office spaces are designed to encourage collaboration and focused individual work, and include private meeting rooms, team rooms, open collaborative areas, focus booths and the informal “social hub” gathering spaces which connect the floors of the building.
With the help of Rockwell Group, Rooftop of South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 to become a winter village
As part of a larger scheme to revitalize the South Street Seaport, a new ice skating rink, developed by the Howard Hughes Corporation and designed by our friends at Rockwell Group, is coming to the roof of the Pier 17 entertainment/leisure complex by our friends at SHoP Architects. The proposed ice rink would be slightly smaller than that at Rockefeller Center and would feature a skate shop and a warming hut. As Pier 17 is part of the South Street Seaport Historic District, the project will only be able to move forward if it is approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Hughes sees the rink as a means of attracting visitors to the Seaport at wintertime, where previously people stayed away in the colder months; a similar strategy having been employed at Rockefeller Center and more recently Bryant Park. The “winter village” will join other Pier 17 projects such as the Heineken Riverdeck waterfront bar designed by our friends at Woods Bagot, as well as restaurants from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, David Chang, and Andrew Carmellini, and a 19,K SqFt ESPN studio.