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  • 4 World Trade Center

    4 World Trade Center

    From the April issue: If proof were needed of the sad state of architectural criticism in New York City and beyond, look no further than the limited reception that 4 World Trade Center has received to date.

    Surely this building, the first to open for business at the new World Trade Center site, has been covered as a real estate story. But no high-profile New York City publications have written a truly critical appraisal of the project yet. There was a time when any new building of such consequence in New York City (and many of far less consequence) would have received front-page coverage in the New York Times. Those days, sadly, are long past. [more]

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  • From left: 101 Spring Street, 4 World Trade Center, 250 Bowery and Columbia Sports Center

    From left: 101 Spring Street, 4 World Trade Center, 250 Bowery and Columbia Sports Center

    The Campbell Sports Center, 4 World Trade Center and Donald Judd’s studio were among the New York City projects recognized for their design by the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects this year. [more]

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  • Developers bring lobbies back to limelight

    September 23, 2013 10:47AM
    A rendering of the lobby at One Bryant Park

    A rendering of the lobby at One Bryant Park

    Office lobbies, seen in recent times by New York City architects as an afterthought, are making a design comeback as landlords such as Vornado Realty Trust and the Durst Organization recognize the value of creating a powerful first impression on prospective tenants. [more]

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  • A rendering of 51 Astor Place

    With new projects such as 51 Astor Place and the Hyatt Union Square, Fourth Avenue is being reincarnated as a high-end neighborhood, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Hyatt Union Square, which is yet to announce an opening date, will offer 178 upscale rooms and suites starting at $319 a night. It is located at East 13th Street, north of the Fumihiko Maki-designed 51 Astor Place, a 13-story mixed-use office and school building being developed by Minskoff Equities. Those familiar with the area, however, say that the transformation has been in the works for a while. … [more]

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  • From left: David Childs, 4 WTC rendering and Fumihiko Maki

    With yesterday’s topping off of 4 World Trade Center, praise finally flooded Fumihiko Maki’s understated design for the structure. But according to the New York Post, admirers also owe thanks to David Childs for the tower’s appearance.

    Silverstein Properties President Larry Silverstein had originally offered Skidmore Owings & Merrill partners David Childs and TJ Gottesdiener the opportunity to design the entire seven-building development site. Silverstein said Childs was grateful but told him he thought that would be a mistake. [more]

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  • State authorities reached a deal with the city and the United Nations to revive stalled plans for a $340 million new U.N. tower earlier this month, the New York Observer reported. That means that Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, who was selected to design the building when the idea first emerged in 2004, will be dusting off his blueprints alongside local partners architecture firm FXFowle and getting back to work.

    “We have a saying around the office,” Dan Kaplan, a principal at FXFowle, told the Observer. “It takes a long time for things to happen suddenly.”

    Much of the design work has already been completed for a 35-story tower on the site at the southeast corner of First Avenue and 42nd Street, but it will require some changes, Kaplan said.  … [more]

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    From left: Edward Minskoff, 51 Astor Place and its architect Fumihiko Maki
    Developer Edward Minskoff detailed his plans for 51 Astor Place, the former home of Cooper Union’s engineering department and the New York Film Academy Cafe, in a segment on NY1 last week. Minskoff, head of Edward J. Minskoff Equities, purchased the building in 2008 and commissioned famed Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki to design a 13-story office building before inking an anchor tenant. The 183-foot tall building will have a ribbed granite and glass exterior and will boast a different design on each of its four sides. “This building technologically will be the most advanced building built in New York City since the Bank of America headquarters [completed in 2009] on 42nd Street,” Minskoff said. … [more]

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