DFA proposes tallest timber observation tower to clean Central Park reservoir

New York studio DFA has envisioned a prefabricated timber tower for New York’s Central Park that would both filter a contaminated reservoir and provide views over the city. The temporary 712-foot-tall (220-metre) Central Park Tower would sit in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a 106-acre man-made lake that encompasses one-eighth of the park’s area and

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Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 “MoMA tower” progress shown in photographs

Construction photos, released along with new renderings, show that French architect Jean Nouvel’s supertall skyscraper in Manhattan has reached the 58th floor. Rising above New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 53 West 53rd Street, the 53W53 residential tower is due to reach 1,050 feet tall once complete. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Nouvel’s design has

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Central Park Tower to become world’s tallest residential skyscraper

New details about the future tallest residential building on Earth have been released, along with an updated rendering showing the supertall skyscraper towering over New York City. Sales of the ultra-high-end residences at Central Park Tower are slated to commence imminently, as the structure continues to rise at 225 West 57th Street. Designed by Adrian

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World’s skinniest skyscraper stalls at 20 storeys tall

Construction has halted on the skinny supertall skyscraper designed by SHoP Architects in Manhattan due to ballooning costs. The svelte 111 West 57th Street is reportedly $50 million over budget, so a major investor has filed a lawsuit against the sponsors and lender. Therefore work has stalled indefinitely on the project, which has so far

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Hollwich Kushner reimagines New York’s art-deco landmarks

Architecture studio Hollwich Kushner has remodelled New York’s art-deco buildings, including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, to show what the iconic landmarks might look like if built today. Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) undertook the New(er) York Project to develop more a contemporary version of art deco – a decorative art, design and architecture style that emerged in

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Skinny supertall tower by Meganom unveiled for New York

Moscow-based studio Meganom has been tapped to design its first US project – a slender, 305-metre residential skyscraper planned for Midtown Manhattan. The supertall tower, called 262 Fifth Avenue, is slated to rise in the Nomad district near Madison Square Park. The skyscraper will ascend to 1,001 feet (305 metres) and will be “unlike anything else built in

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Images of New York skyscraper by David Adjaye leaked

Renderings have emerged of The Wall Street Tower, a 61-storey skyscraper designed by British architect David Adjaye for Downtown Manhattan. The residential tower will be the recently knighted architect’s first skyscraper in New York City, and include 244 luxury condominiums. Adjaye designed the project for the Lightstone Group, which published the images on a dedicated website that

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Modular affordable housing envisioned for “abandoned” New York airspace

This conceptual scheme by designers Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee calls for using vacant airspace over existing New York buildings to create affordable apartments and public areas. Called Instant City: Living Air-Right, the design consists of a white, modular, grid-like structure built atop existing low-rise buildings. Renderings show the proposal above 225 West 28th

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SHoP completes “dancing” copper-clad luxury apartment towers in New York

US firm SHoP Architects has completed a pair of skyscrapers that feature copper cladding, bent silhouettes and a skybridge suspended more than 90 metres above the ground. The first tenants have moved into the American Copper Buildings, located on First Avenue and 36th Street, along Manhattan’s East River waterfront. Designed by New York-based SHoP Architects,

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ 666 Fifth Avenue skyscraper compared to glass dildo

A skyscraper proposed for Midtown Manhattan, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and developed by the family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has received phallic comparisons on social media. The $12 billion plans for 666 Fifth Avenue involve replacing a 1950s office building and adding 40 floors above its previous height. The glass addition would bring the

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Oiio imagines The Big Bend skyscraper for New York as “the longest building in the world”

In response to the swathe of supertall luxury residential towers rising in New York, local studio Oiio has proposed a conceptual skyscraper that loops over to boast length rather than height. The Big Bend would be formed from a very thin structure that curves at the top and returns to the ground, creating what the

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Skinny Manhattan residential skyscraper by KPF nears completion in Flatiron District

New photos reveal the glassy exterior and thin sculpted form of Madison Square Park Tower, a 65-storey apartment building by US firm Kohn Pedersen Fox that is slated to open this year. Reaching a height of 777 feet (237 metres), the skyscraper – formerly known as 45 East 22nd Street – will be the tallest building

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Jenga-like 56 Leonard skyscraper photographed by Hufton + Crow

The stacked-blocked form of Herzog & de Meuron’s residential tower in Tribeca, New York, is shown in these images by photographers Hufton + Crow. The Swiss architecture firm’s 60-storey skyscraper at 56 Leonard Street towers over the comparatively low-rise neighbourhood. Hufton + Crow’s photos present the building as complete from the outside, after Instagram users

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Giant slanted glass wall defines New York apartment tower by FXFOWLE

This mixed-use building by American firm FXFOWLE consists of a shard-like tower that juts out above Manhattan’s low-rise Chelsea neighbourhood. Reaching 347 feet (106 metres) in height, the hybrid building called 35XV contains an 18-storey apartment tower anchored to a six-storey base. These lower floors serve as an extension to a neighbouring high school. “The building design establishes

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BIG’s VIA 57 West skyscraper captured at sunset by Hufton + Crow

British duo Hufton + Crow have become the latest photographers to shoot BIG’s first contribution to the Manhattan skyline, capturing the building’s dramatic silhouette from across the Hudson River. The tetrahedral shape and metallic cladding of the VIA 57 West residential tower clearly stand out against neighbouring skyscrapers in Hufton + Crow’s images. BIG founder,

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Foster + Partners skyscraper joins line-up at New York’s Hudson Yards

The next piece to be unveiled as part of the vast Hudson Yards development in New York is a glass office tower by architecture firm Foster + Partners. The UK studio’s 985-foot-tall skyscraper at 50 Hudson Yards will join others by KPF, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, at the site on the

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World’s tallest modular high-rise by SHoP Architects opens in Brooklyn

Tenants have begun moving into 461 Dean, a New York residential building by SHoP Architects described as the world’s tallest modular tower and billed a solution to meet the high demand for urban housing. The 32-storey tower is located in central Brooklyn, at the intersection of four neighbourhoods. It sits near a major transit hub and

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Richard Meier releases more images of black tower for New York

American architect Richard Meier has followed up teasers of a black tower planned for New York’s East River with a wider set of images showing the firm’s interiors for the building. 685 First Avenue will occupy a 32,365-square-foot (3,000-square-metre) site between East 39th and 40th streets, just down the river from the iconic United Nations

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New York’s future second-tallest skyscraper breaks ground

Construction has begun on the One Vanderbilt tower in Midtown Manhattan, which will overtake 432 Park Avenue as the second-tallest structure in New York City. The ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the tower’s construction took place this morning at the site beside Grand Central Station. At 1,501 feet, it will surpass the height

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OMA reveals its first residential tower for New York

The New York office of Dutch firm OMA has proposed an apartment building with a “prismatic” corner for Manhattan. Planned for a corner plot at 121 East 22nd Street in the Grammercy Park neighbourhood, the building commissioned by Toll Brothers City Living will contain 133 residential units. The position between a quiet private park and the bustling area More

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Iwan Baan photographs BIG’s completed VIA 57 West tower in New York

The VIA 57 West “courtscraper” by Bjarke Ingels’ firm has completed on Manhattan’s West Side and is shown in these images by photographer Iwan Baan (+ slideshow). Baan has captured BIG’s first finished project in New York, following a series of photos showing the tetrahedral apartment building shot by Montse Zamorano. Baan’s aerial images show the More

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BIG’s VIA 57 West “courtscraper” in Manhattan shown in new images

The tetrahedral New York apartment building designed by Bjarke Ingels Group is captured in these pictures by photographer Montse Zamorano (+ slideshow). Facing the Hudson River at 57th Street on Manhattan’s West Side, the VIA 57 West tower includes 709 rental properties and 142 units that qualify as affordable housing. Tenants began moving in to More

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KPF’s One Vanderbilt skyscraper for Manhattan moves forward after lawsuit dropped

Another supertall tower for Manhattan is going ahead, now that legal proceedings stalling KPF’s 1,501-foot skyscraper beside Grand Central station have been abandoned. Construction is set to commence on the 458-metre One Vanderbilt tower, which has been halted since 2015 after a lawsuit was filed by the owners of Grand Central Terminal. The company, Midtown More

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New York’s supertall towers “damage the city fabric” says Elizabeth Diller

Diller Scofidio + Renfro co-founder Elizabeth Diller has hit out at New York’s spate of luxury skyscrapers, saying that the city is at risk of being “consumed by the dollar” (+ interview). Diller said that supertall residential towers like Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 and SHoP’s 111 West 57th Street are being developed piecemeal with no overarching More

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro completes Vagelos Education Center for Columbia University

New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has completed a new medical centre for Columbia University that features a vivid orange “study cascade” occupying the whole south facade (+ slideshow). The Vagelos Education Center is a 14-storey tower that encompasses classrooms, laboratories and a state-of-the-art medical simulation facility. The roughly 100,000-square-foot (10,220-square-metre) structure was built More

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New images revealed of Renzo Piano’s 565 Broome Soho tower in New York

Renzo Piano Workshop has released new images of its 30-storey Soho Tower in New York, which will be the firm’s first residential project in Manhattan. Entitled 565 Broome Soho, the skyscraper will be located on the western edge of Soho – between Broome and Watts Street – and is part of a boom in high-end residential construction in New More

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New York’s 2020 skyline shown in new visualisations

These visualisations show the swathe of skyscrapers set to spring up across New York by 2020. Created as part of a report by City Realty this week, the trio of images shows a vast increase in the number of towers in Manhattan. The most noticeable additions to the skyline include the row of supertall towers – over More

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KPF’s 10 Hudson Yards skyscraper in New York welcomes first tenant Coach

The first completed tower in the massive Hudson Yards development in New York has opened its doors, giving fashion brand Coach a new global headquarters (+ slideshow). Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) designed the 52-storey skyscraper to straddles the top end of the popular High Line park on Manhattan’s far West Side. Measuring 895 feet (273 metres) tall, More

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Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard “Jenga tower” nears completion in New York

The Jenga-like form of Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron’s residential skyscraper in Tribeca, New York, has been captured by Instagram users ahead of its imminent completion. Located at 56 Leonard Street in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighbourhood, the 60-storey tower appears largely complete apart from a section of external elevator scaffolding that remains on one side. More

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Skyscraper Museum chronicles explosion of “super-slender” towers in New York

New York’s Skyscraper Museum has released an online tool that tracks the growing number of skinny towers in the city. The interactive chart compares the heights and silhouettes of 18 so-called “super-slenders” now complete or under construction in New York. Many of these measure well over 1,000 feet (305 metres), and some have ratios of base-width More

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Richard Meier unveils black tower for Manhattan at 685 First Avenue

American architect Richard Meier has unveiled the design for an apartment block on New York’s East River, eschewing his signature white palette for black glass facades. The 42-storey tower will sit on the corner of 39th Street at 685 First Avenue, a few blocks south of the United Nations headquarters. Unlike most buildings by Pritzker More

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Rafael Viñoly apologises for comments on 432 Park Avenue skyscraper “screw-ups”

Architect Rafael Viñoly has sent Dezeen a public letter apologising for comments he made about the interior design of his supertall New York skyscraper. “In the context of what we understood to be a private and off-the-record conversation, I expressed frustration, inartfully, about the consequences of my profession’s diminished position in the real estate development More

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Viñoly admits “screw-ups” with 432 Park Avenue tower in New York

Architect Rafael Viñoly has spoken out about problems with his 432 Park Avenue skyscraper in Manhattan, currently the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere. As tenants begin to move in to the 1,396-foot (426-metre) tower on 57th Street, its architect has revealed that he is not entirely happy with the project. “It has a More

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BIG and Foster both still in contention for Two World Trade Center tower

The developer of New York’s Two World Trade Center tower, Silverstein Properties, is uncertain whether it will retain Bjarke Ingels Group for the project or go with original architect Foster + Partners. Larry Silverstein, the company’s chairman, said it is learning toward Danish firm BIG, but nothing has been decided. “We can go in either More

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New images released of luxury condo tower by KPF in New York

Renderings of a sculptural Manhattan residential skyscraper by Kohn Pedersen Fox have been unveiled to entice buyers to purchase units costing up to $18.5 million (+ slideshow). Called 111 Murray Street, the 58-storey condominium tower is currently under construction in the Tribeca neighbourhood. The 157 units range from studios to a five-bedroom apartment, with prices More

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SHoP’s supertall Brooklyn tower gets green light

Brooklyn’s first supertall skyscraper by New York studio SHoP Architects has received the go ahead for construction. Clad in bronze, blackened stainless steel and marble, the skinny residential tower will rise 1,000 feet (304 metres) at 340 Flatbush Avenue in downtown Brooklyn. Plans were initially unveiled in November 2015, but the project has been awaiting More

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Skybridge with a swimming pool will link pair of Manhattan towers by SHoP

Construction is underway on two bendy apartment towers in New York by SHoP Architects that will be joined by a skybridge offering a pool, hot tub and bar. Called the American Copper Buildings – and formerly known as 626 First Avenue – the 41- and 48-storey residential towers are rising on First Avenue and 36th More

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Future of Foster + Partners’ 3 Sutton Place skyscraper in New York under threat

The developer behind Foster + Partners’ 3 Sutton Place tower on Manhattan’s East Side, originally planned to be 290-metres tall, lost a fight to block foreclosure proceedings on the site before declaring itself bankrupt this week. Developer Bauhouse Group defaulted on a $127 million (£89 million) loan from Gamma Real Estate and the site was set to be sold, More

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New images of SHoP’s supertall Brooklyn tower revealed

New images of a planned 304-metre-tall tower in Brooklyn by SHoP Architects have been revealed in advance of a review by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The 73-storey tower would be the tallest building in the borough and the first supertall building in the city outside of Manhattan, which has been experiencing a More

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BIG unveils designs for The Spiral office tower in New York

Bjarke Ingels Group has released a conceptual design for its latest project in New York, an office skyscraper wrapped in a ribbon of green terraces (+ movie). Called The Spiral, the 65-storey glass tower is slated to rise at 66 Hudson Boulevard, as part of the massive Hudson Yards mixed-use development that is now under construction on More

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16 residential condos by famous architects that are changing the face of New York

New York is experiencing a boom in high-end residential construction not seen since before the 2008 recession, including buildings by Álvaro Siza, Bjarke Ingels, Rafael Viñoly and Renzo Piano. The list of architects now designing towers in New York includes several Pritzker Prize winners, like Shigeru Ban and Zaha Hadid. Though these buildings are reshaping both the skyline and the street, More

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Work to begin this May on New York condo tower by Álvaro Siza

An image of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first US project – an upscale residential tower in Manhattan – has been released, with construction slated to begin this May. Called 611 West 56th Street, the 35-storey building will rise over 420 feet (128 metres). It will be constructed on New York’s West Side, near the corner More

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SOM reveals new images of Manhattan West skyscrapers for New York City

Architecture firm SOM has released new renderings of Manhattan West – a mixed-use development including a trio of towers that will be built next to New York’s massive Hudson Yards (+ slideshow). The five-million-square-foot (464,000 square metres) project includes a pair of office towers, a residential tower containing 844 apartments, retail space and a new public square. More

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SOM reveals new images of Manhattan West skyscrapers spanning rail yards in New York City

Architecture firm SOM has released new renderings of Manhattan West – a mixed-use development including a trio of towers that will be built next to New York’s massive Hudson Yards (+ slideshow). The five-million-square-foot (464,000 square metres) project includes a pair of office towers, a residential tower containing 844 apartments, retail space and a new public square. More

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Instagram photos reveal impact of Viñoly’s super-tall skyscraper on New York skyline

Instagram users have captured dramatic images of 432 Park Avenue, the super-tall tower in Manhattan by Rafael Viñoly Architects that is set to open this year. Rising 1,396 feet (425 metres), the skyscraper is regarded as the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. If measured based on roof height, it is the tallest building More

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Architecture doesn’t have to be complicated says David Chipperfield

British architect David Chipperfield describes his approach to designing The Bryant, his first New York residential tower, in a new video about the project (+ movie). The three-minute film shows footage of Chipperfield’s studio and renderings of the new tower, which is rising on a site across from Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan. Images of More

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Renzo Piano reveals designs for Soho Tower in New York

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has unveiled images detailing its design for a 25-storey residential tower in New York’s Soho. Dubbed The Soho Tower, the skyscraper is being developed through a partnership between real-estate firms SHVO, Halpern Real Estate Ventures, Itzhaki Acquisition and Bizzi & Partners Development. It will be built on a vacant site between Broome and Watts More

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Mark Foster Gage proposes elaborate gargoyle-covered skyscraper for New York

New York architect Mark Foster Gage has proposed a 102-storey tower covered in Gothic sculptural elements for Manhattan, in response to the city’s supertall skyscrapers that are “virtually free of architectural design” (+ movie). Foster Gage designed the highly decorative residential building for West 57th Street as an alternative to the more conventional skyscrapers currently springing More

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Today we like: New York skyscrapers

Famous architects from David Chipperfield to Herzog & de Meuron, Norman Foster and Álvaro Siza are working on residential towers in Manhattan. But the wave of skinny skyscrapers, mainly filled with luxury apartments, has sparked protests over shadows in Central Park. It has also prompted concerns over spiralling inequality in the city, with Steven Holl warning that “architecture […]

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David Chipperfield’s first New York residential tower to open in 2017

Images of British architect David Chipperfield’s first residential tower in Manhattan have been released to entice buyers into purchasing luxury units starting at $2 million (£1.3 million). Called The Bryant, the 33-storey building, which will contain apartments and a hotel, is rising across the street from Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan. Rectilinear in form, the […]

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ODA proposes a Manhattan skyscraper with open floors for sky gardens

ODA New York’s residential tower for Manhattan features open-air terraces between the floors, designed to fulfil “the dream of a suburban backyard” (+ slideshow). Called East 44th Street, the 41-storey glass tower is slated to be constructed in midtown Manhattan on a site that currently contains a mid-rise residential building. The top half of the building […]

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