Viñoly, Meier and KPF design luxury towers for Manhattan waterfront

American firms Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners, and Kohn Pedersen Fox have conceived a trio of high-end residential buildings that will overlook New York’s Hudson River. Encompassing nearly five acres (two hectares), the Waterline Square project is rising on one of the last undeveloped waterfront sites in Manhattan’s Upper West Side district. The buildings will

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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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Rafael Viñoly completes circular bridge spanning a Uruguay lagoon

Architect Rafael Viñoly has completed a ring-shaped road bridge that stretches across a lagoon on Uruguay’s southern coast (+ slideshow). Laguna Garzon Bridge was designed by Viñoly – a Uruguayan architect based in New York – to replace a raft crossing connecting the cities of Rocha and Maldonado. The concrete structure is raised above the water on cylindrical piles and provides a crossing for 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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Wave of super-tall towers in Manhattan sparks protests over shadows

New Yorkers are speaking out against a rash of super-tall skinny skyscrapers by architects including SHoP and Robert AM Stern, which they say will overshadow Central park. Activists marched along 57th Street in midtown Manhattan on 8 November to draw attention to the controversial towers and the shadows they cast over the park – New York’s main green […]

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Rafael Viñoly unveils designs for pair of Chicago skyscrapers

New York-based Rafael Viñoly Architects has conceived a pair of residential towers for Chicago’s growing South Loop neighbourhood, on a site overlooking a park. Viñoly was chosen for the project by the developer, Crescent Heights. The first phase calls for a 76-storey skyscraper with 792 rental units, to be built at 113 E Roosevelt Road. […]

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“Massive, horrible and unavoidable”

Opinion: when the Tour Montparnasse was built in Paris, its residents were so appalled they banned all high-rises. Londoners should do something similar in the wake of Rafael Viñoly’s walkie talkie, says Owen Hatherley. What do the Tour Montparnasse in Paris, designed and built in the early 1970s by a large, anonymous committee headed by […]

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Rafael Viñoly reveals plans for the “largest green roof in the world” in Silicon Valley

Architect Rafael Viñoly has unveiled plans to convert an ageing shopping centre in California’s Silicon Valley into a vast development featuring the world’s largest roof garden (+ slideshow). Rafael Viñoly, the architect behind London’s controversial Walkie Talkie building, will work with OLIN Landscape Architects to develop the Vallco Shopping Mall in Cupertino into a vast mixed-use development featuring a 30-acre […]

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Walkie Talkie blamed for powerful downdraught on London streets

Rafael Viñoly’s Walkie Talkie skyscraper in London has once again become a subject of controversy, following reports that its curved facade is channelling gusts of wind strong enough to knock people over. Two years after being blamed for reflecting a beam of light intense enough to melt cars, the 20 Fenchurch Street tower has been accused of […]

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Work resumes on Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue tower after complaint of falling debris

News: construction of Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue skyscraper in New York – the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere – was temporarily halted following a complaint about falling construction material. A Stop All Work order was issued by the NYC Department of Buildings on Thursday, after a 2.5-metre pipe was reported to have dropped from […]
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Sky Garden opens at the top of Rafael Viñoly’s Walkie Talkie

News: the viewing terraces opened today at the top of Rafael Viñoly’s so-called Walkie Talkie skyscraper in London, pictured in these exclusive images by photographer Edmund Sumner (+ slideshow). Rafael Viñoly – a Uruguayan architect based in New York – conceived the Sky Garden as a public park, crowning his 160-metre 20 Fenchurch Street tower. This feature helped the project win planning permission, […]
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