Downtown Brooklyn Condo by Jeanne Gang

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.

TSX Broadway by Platt Byard Dovell White Architects (PBDW) and Mancini Duffy

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.

Deborah Berke Partners’ Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters

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.

AvroKO’s luxury resort The Scott draws inspiration from Havana

Scottsdale, Arizona’s The Scott, a resort formerly known as Firesky Resort & Spa, has been undergone a large-scale renovation by our friends at AvroKO. Located in that city’s Old Town district, the 190,K SqFt hotel features 204 guest rooms, public areas, three dining options, 14.5,K SqFt of indoor meeting space, and two pools. For the design the team drew inspiration from the modernist architecture of Havana. Through the use of custom furnishings in rattan and wicker, as well as wood accents throughout, the firm created what they call “A mash-up of Bauhaus’ian and Cuban details and layers,” the former influence present in a series of curved brass chandeliers, the latter in the use of amber-colored cane screens in a hexagonal design, used both as accents and partitions. One of three aforementioned dining options, the Canal Club restaurant, features Cuban-inspired cuisine. Additionally the revived resort features tons of plantings as well as paintings and wallpapers depicting tropical scenes.

Greenpoint Hospital to be converted to affordable housing by Architecture Outfit and Magnusson Architecture and Planning

Soon moving forward is a long-postponed conversion of Greenpoint Hospital at 288 Jackson Street into a multi-building affordable housing complex designed by our friends at Architecture Outfit and Magnusson Architecture and Planning. The project will bring to Greenpoint 512 affordable apartments spread out across the 4-building campus, and will be divided into two phases: Phase I, relocating a 200-bed shelter to another building on the southern end of the campus; Phase II: conversion of the main hospital building into a 109-unit senior home. A boiler building will be demolished and replaced by a 136-unit residential unit. Apartments will be made available to “extremely-low”, “very-low” and “low-income households”; additionally, 30% of the units will be transitional housing for the formerly homeless. To the campus will also be added 21.5,K SqFt of community facilities including a workforce development center.

Hill West Architects’ Chelsea29

Chelsea29 is 21-storey, 90,K SqFt residential tower by our friends at Hill West Architects. It is one of the few new developments in recent years in Chelsea, and was completed in October of last year. It features 95 apartments ranging from studios to 2-bedrooms, and its design draws inspiration from the historic industrial lofts endemic to the Garment District, as well as the setbacks typical of the “wedding cake” pre-war commercial high-rises of the neighborhood. The facade features three bays of windows separated by limestone piers topped with dark metal T-shaped finials. Mullions in the same close rise between the piers to form the structure of the bays; dark metal grills, the spandrels. Interiors feature oversized windows, open-planned kitchens, and bathrooms with custom vanities; amenities include a full-time attended lobby, roof terrace with barbecue area, and a fitness center &al.

Arlington Cemetery Addition by Beyer Blinder Belle

The Millennium Project is a 27-acre expansion of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Virginia, for which the design was created by our friends at Beyer Blinder Belle in collaboration with Sasaki and Jacobs Engineering. The $87M project will create ~27,K new spaces for above- and below-ground burials, including 6,K pre-dug graces, and 16,K niche wall burial spaces spread across five columbaria. (Arlington National Cemetery averages four to five burials per hour.) The addition also feature new shelters of granite and concrete to accommodate the site’s thousands upon thousands of daily visitors; there are also new pathways to enhance circulation for the expanded cemetery and some decorative stone gardens. The Millennium Project was the first significant update to Arlington to 40 years, and will be followed by the Southern Expansion: for which, the site’s footprint will be extended by 37 acres, overtaking the site of the former Navy Annex building.

Stantec’s Zigzagging Tower in Miami

Solitair Brickell is a 50-storey residential tower in Miami, designed by our friends at Stantec and developed by ZOM Living. The building’s facade features a basket-weave pattern inspired by the bark of the Medjool date palm tree, common to South Florida. The tower’s 438 residences range from studios to penthouse suites, of which there are two, and feature amenities geared towards millennials, such as a a billiards lounge, cabanas, outdoor yoga space and a rooftop pool. There will also be 6,200 SqFt of retail space. In addition to its unique facade, the structure is characterized by a palette of disparate materials: wood, concrete and bright marble. Solitair Brickell is poised to receive Silver Certification by the National Green Building Standard: it features low-VOC paints, recycled glass, low-emitting adhesives and sealants. Additionally, its orientation avoids direct sunlight which minimizes solar gain.

Robert Gurney Architect’s Cox’s Row Renovation

For this renovation of a two-hundred year-old Georgetown townhouse, a D.C. couple with adult children enlisted the services of our friends at Robert Gurney Architect and Leroy Street Studio. The Federal period townhouse is, in fact, exactly two-hundred years old (1818), and is one of five comprising Cox’s Row, a famous row of houses in the historic district, designed by Colonel John Cox, who would later serve as the mayor of Georgetown: the house extant was characterized by its high-ceilings, which the clients determined would be ideal for displaying their extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. Robert Gurney was enlisted partially due to his experience with the Old Georgetown Board, approval of the project by which is essential to undertaking renovation projects in a protected historic district. Identifying in the existing structure a general lack of connectivity between programs, Gurney and company replaced an insular middle parlor with a steel and wood stair hall connecting the basement level with its gym and media room, to the main living level and master suite.

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