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Sky candy: The hottest renderings of 2015

Roundup includes Bjarke Ingels-designed 2 WTC, Brooklyn's future tallest tower and more
By Kerry Barger | December 28, 2015 09:00AM

Let’s face it — nothing seems to drum up more excitement for an upcoming project than a shiny new rendering. Like a placeholder on the skyline, it makes it easier to imagine the hottest new buildings on the horizon.

As the city gears up for the next round of buildings, The Real Deal took a look at some of the most interesting renderings to drop in 2015.

550 Madison Avenue

Though the building itself isn’t new, Robert A.M. Stern brings 550 Madison Avenue back to life with the first look at the Chetrit Group’s Sony Building conversion. A quick glance at the project’s offering plan will bring you straight back from this dream sequence though — the cheapest unit will ask $9.85 million, with the priciest pad asking a whopping $150 million.

Two World Trade Center

Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels took several steps in a different direction when he replaced Sir Norman Foster at the final installment of the World Trade Center complex. The tower, which is being developed by Silverstein Properties, consists of a series of blocks stacked on top of one another, creating outdoor terraces on each of the building’s seven tiers.

45 East 22nd Street

Williams New York went full rainbow for the latest rendering of Ian Schrager’s 45 East 22nd Street, which will be the tallest tower between Midtown and Lower Manhattan when it tops out. The Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed condo building, which is seen soaking up the sunset next to One Madison, grows wider as it gets taller, placing more sellable square footage on its priciest floors.

520 West 28th Street

Starchitect Zaha Hadid is shooting for the stars with a futuristic design for 520 West 28th Street. The price tag for condo project’s top pad is pretty out of this world, too — Related Cos. is asking $50 million for the triplex penthouse, which boasts its own private elevator, fireplace and rooftop terrace.

Dream Hotel Times Square

It’s all just a Dream Hotel in the first-ever look at Sharif El-Gamal’s glassy, 29-story project. The bluish-silver metal screen, which separates the hotel’s retail portion from its adjoining tower, is meant to mimic fabric in an ode to the area’s fashion-rich history.

475 West 18th Street

If the future is made of glass and steel, the developers of 475 West 18th Street in Chelsea haven’t heard about it. The Chelsea residential condo building will be constructed entirely of wood, the first of its kind of New York City and just one of two timber towers rising in the United States.

340 Flatbush Avenue Extension

At first glance, the Chetrit Group and JDS Development’s SHoP Architect-designed tower could be considered a skinny, supertall candidate for Billionaires’ Row. The future tallest tower in Brooklyn will stand hundreds of feet higher than any other structure in the borough, and have a height-to-width ratio of 12:1.

303 East 44th Street

Picture a piece of gum stuck between the sidewalk and shoe, or a ligament stretched during movement, and you’ll get the crux of Triangle Assets’ 303 East 44th Street tower. Eleven units will have access to these 16-foot-tall gaps, which ODA New York founder Eran Chen describes as “sculptured gardens.”

Dock 72, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Wegmans opening its first New York City location wasn’t the only major news to come out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard this year. S9 Architecture released the first rendering for Rudin Management and Boston Properties’ office building, dubbed Dock 72. Co-working space provider WeWork plans to anchor the startup-focused building, leasing 220,000 square feet.

Manhattan skyline, 2030

It was just last year that CityRealty released this rendering of Manhattan’s changing cityscape, with towers like 111 West 57th Street and the Central Park Tower claiming space on the skyline. Now, creative design firm Visualhouse dreamed up its own version of the future. The agency’s latest creation depicts what the skies above Manhattan might look like with the addition of megadevelopment Hudson Yards, ultra-luxury skyscrapers on 57th Street and even the Durst Organization’s massive rental tetrahedron.