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, most New Yorkers will only experience them from the outside, and not everyone is happy about the boom.
Aaron Betsky echoed that thought, writing “Manhattan is theirs, we just get to admire it”. New York residents have also protested again the shadows cast by some of the new skyscrapers.
Scroll down for 5 examples of architect-designed multi-family buildings:
The Bryant by David Chipperfield
A similar language of articulated gridded elevations is being deployed by David Chipperfield for his 34-storey tower overlooking Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. His building is being clad in terrazzo.
Via by BIG
Another prominent project marking the skyline is rental building Via 57, the pyramidal building by BIG, that is often compared to a ship’s sail. Instead of the standard stepped-back wedding cake top, BIG cut a courtyard in the middle of the tower, an entirely new take on the city’s zoning requirements for height and massing. A camera mounted to a drone captured footage of the “courtscraper” under construction, which is due to open this year.
432 Park Avenue by Rafael Vinoly
Perhaps the most talked about and certainly the most visible is Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue. Now the tallest residential building in New York, at 1,396 feet (425 metres), it is rapidly becoming one of the most photographed. New York-based architects Deborah Berke Partnersdesigned the interiors.
Elizabeth Street by Tadao Ando
Nearby, Tadao Ando’s seven-storey concrete and glass building at 152 Elizabeth Street will have seven units, ranging from two to four bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and a green wall in the lobby. New York-based Gabellini Sheppard Associates is designing the interiors.
611 West 56th Street by Álvaro Siza
Nearby, Pritzker Prize winner Álvaro Siza will be making his US debut on West 56th Street with a 35-storey residential tower overlooking the Hudson River. Only one detail image has been released showing a gridded, stone-covered facade.