• Photos by Giles Ashford

    Photos by Giles Ashford

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    The Neighbourhood

  • Snøhetta and MOARE

    Snøhetta and MOARE

  • Kebony Photos by James Burniston

    Kebony Photos by James Burniston



  • Taiyo Watanabe

    Taiyo Watanabe

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    BuroHappold, Michael Van Valkenburg Associates



LA and NY: outstanding projects from the States

A spotlight on projects you loved from the US in 2020

by Nav Pal 15 December 2020 Landscape

American residential skyscraper like no other building in the world

Designed by Jean Nouvel, 53 West 53 is just steps from Fifth Avenue and towers above The Museum of Modern Art.

At 82 storeys it stands 1,050 feet tall with 145 condominium residences, ranging from one-to-five bedrooms, including full floor homes and duplex penthouses with private elevator entry; with the price ranging from $3.6m to over $70m.

53 West 53’s sculptural form is progressive yet reminiscent of classic Manhattan skyscrapers; incorporating an innovative exposed structural system, which Nouvel refers to as the diagrid. Because of the building’s graceful tapering design and the diagrid, the layout of each condominium residence is unique.

Behind the eye-catching façade are impeccably detailed residences designed by interior architect Thierry Despont, each spacious and light-filled, with panoramic views framed unlike any before. 

d'Orsay: NY city’s new boutique condominium by Hill West Architects

Hill West Architects poured attention into each detail of the fine brickwork of the façade and intricate glass and metal work. A mixture of classic ornament and industrial touches allow this design to walk the line between edgy and highly sophisticated.

The designers worked with elegant round patterns in the metalwork at the entry doors and more industrial elements at the residence windows, such as the horizontal mullions inspired by warehouse-like expanses of glass. This mixed palette befits the varied neighbourhood. Building amenities include a rooftop garden, a spa with a plunging pool, steam and treatment rooms, a fitness center and a drawing room. The residences range from one- to four-bedrooms and are designed with direct elevator access.  

Snøhetta’s design for Midtown Manhattan’s new pocket park moves forward

Snøhetta’s revitalization of The Olayan Group’s 550 Madison’s public garden receives final approval from the City Planning Commission.

The design re-envisions the building’s public space as a generously expanded, densely vegetated garden. As a vibrant sensory retreat, its transformation draws upon the architectural heritage, the activity of the neighborhood, and the natural history of the region. As a privately owned public space (POPS) inviting to people, 550 Madison’s new garden embraces the powerful contemporary role POPS can play within the context of New York’s ever changing urban fabric.

At 50% larger than the existing exterior public space, the new garden is designed as a complement to neighboring POPS and reconnects the building into the street life of East Midtown, while offering an immersive, verdant respite in the city. 

37 luxury condominiums project completed in West Hollywood by architectural firm Officeuntitled

The Harland brings modern infill with expansive views and a kebony-accented façade, with panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills, Century City and the downtown LA skyline.

This innovative project embraces fluidity between indoor and outdoor living, and is located on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

The Harland consists of 37 condominiums and townhouse residences with expansive outdoor terraces made with layered spaces around a communal interior courtyard and an iconic, undulating facade along Doheny Drive. The building is split into two zones, rising four stories along the west and three stories within the predominantly low-rise neighborhood to the east. Together, the zones wrap the building’s internal courtyard, with the alternating eastern units set-in from the property line to bring light from three sides.

New York: two new condominium buildings reinterpret area’s pre-war classical architecture

Icon Realty Management and Douglas Elliman Development Marketing have announced the launch of sales at Beckford House & Tower, two complementary residential buildings designed by Studio Sofield currently under construction at 301 East 80th Street and 301 East 81st Street. Built using the traditions of grand Upper East Side pre-war architecture, the buildings are fashioned from hand laid Indiana Limestone, hand carved Brynne brownstone and custom grey brick finished with stone and metal detailing evoking neighbourhood landmarks as well as William Sofield’s own original designs. The development offers a compelling blend of the classical and the contemporary in one of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods and the birthplace of New York’s iconic Golden Age of architecture. Celebrating craftsmanship, grand living spaces and old world elegance translated for a modern age, Beckford House & Tower evoke a timeless aesthetic, transforming this corner of the Upper East Side for generations to come.

Beckford Tower also touts over 3,000 sq ft of wellness amenities, including a double height basketball half-court, fitness centre, yoga and training studios and a 65 ft indoor swimming pool. The Art Deco-inspired pool area, complete with a hot tub, relaxation area, steam room and changing rooms, is artfully designed by Studio Sofield with a glass ceiling, ornate metal detailing, potted palms and a custom glass mosaic wall mural. 

Los Angeles home in Santa Monica Canyon by Conner + Perry showcases world-class art collection

Los Angeles natives Jamie Price and Brad Schlei engaged organic architecture experts Kristopher Conner and James Perry of Conner + Perry Architects to design a home that seamlessly fits their family and lifestyle.

Taking cues from the property’s surrounding Oak and Eucalyptus trees, the firm designed a residence that allows for reflection, openness, and serenity.

Key design features include windows that frame the magnificent trees, extended canopy-like, cantilevered eaves and fully pocketing glass exterior walls that open to a central courtyard to offer the perfect balance of indoor-outdoor living.

New York State unveils unprecedented $300 million reimagining of the Erie Canal

BuroHappold's initiative will reignite economic and environmental resilience across New York State and grow regional tourism, reduce flooding, improve irrigation, restore wetlands and support outdoor recreation.

The proposals unveiled in the Governor’s annual State of the State address set the course for a 21st century New York State Canal System. BuroHappold will serve as lead consultant to facilitate and support the Reimagine the Canals Task Force, which developed and evaluated many of the proposals within the Governor’s initiative.

According to BuroHappold, the Erie Canal is the backbone of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s broad ranging initiative including economic development and resilience, community revitalization, ecological restoration, and opportunities for new tourism and development. The Governor’s address recommended a $300 million investment over the next five years with a first phase of $165 million to begin in 2020.

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