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HOK unveils new renderings of a rebuilt LaGuardia Airport

Last year, J.D. Power undertook a survey of 36,000 air-travelers which showed that LaGuardia is one of the five worst airports in America. But as New Yorkers we know it is, in fact, much worse than all of that. But have no fear, help is on the way, in the form of our friends at HOK. New renderings of the Delta terminal have been revealed as part of a $4B project to improve LaGuardia Airport: They depict a serene environment with Jeff Koons sculptures, extensive interior landscape architecture, and a bridge with moving sidewalks enclosed in glass. Interestingly, Delta Airlines is providing 3.4 of 4 billions in question, albeit that the project is fundamentally a New York state government policy initiative.

FXFOWLE’s 3 Hudson Boulevard May Be Hudson Yards’ Tallest Building

New renderings of the firm’s LEED Platinum 3 Hudson Boulevard show the addition of a proposed 350 foot spire, which would make 3 Hudson the tallest building in the Hudson Yards development when complete, and one of the tallest in the city. The building, formerly known as The Girasole, will/would reach a total of 1,350 feet, making it only 47 feet shorter than Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, which is the tallest residential building in the world, and second tallest building in NYC. 1,050 feet of the building will be inhabitable, comprising 1.8M SqFt spread throughout 66 storeys. The project, designed by our friends at FXFOWLE, is being developed by Moinian Group; preparatory construction and work on the foundation began last May and a completion date has yet to be announced. The building will offer high ceilings, column-free floor plates, and 360° views.

Rafael Viñoly’s 125 Greenwich Street gets new rendering

While original plans for 125 Greenwich had it poised to top off at 1,400 feet, becoming lower Manhattan’s tallest residential building, a finalized rendering for the project has the finished product standing 912 feet, which is still obviously very tall. The rejigged plan and rendering have come on the heels of the building’s developers, Bizzi & Parnters and New Valley, acquiring a $450M loan for the project, designed by our friends at Rafael Viñoly Architects. The latest in a swathe a super-skinny supertalls beginning to populate the NYC skyline, the building will offer exceptional views and a wind-resistant design. There will be 72 floors, with 273 units diffused among 350,K SqFt of residential space. The interiors are unique: with parallelogrammatic floor plates, and virtually no interior columns. Units facing west will have rounded corners with pitched windows. Furthermore, and unusually, the residence’s top three floors will host amenities, including fitness and spa facilities, squash courts, conference rooms, a library, game area, demo kitchen, tech bar, and grotto.

BIG’s Cactus Towers in Copenhagen IKEA Project

In the works is a collaboration between ABC collaborators Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and another Danish office, Dorte Mandrup Architects, which will consist of an urban IKEA store, a budget hotel, and residential towers linked together by green space. The IKEA franchise will lack a parking lot, in the hopes that customers will purchase smaller and objects and transport them home by bicycle; additionally, the development will be situated near a major rail station. The main attraction here are BIG’s “cacti” towers, characterized by their staggered hexagonal cores which invoke a sense of constant, spiraling movement. And they also appear to lean. The store, hotel, and towers are set to open in 2019.

ODA New York’s modern take on a townhouse in Williamsburg

Friends of ABC Stone ODA New York’s Casetta (Italian “cottage” or “bungalow”) at 630-632 Lorimer Street features giant abacuses for exterior panels, which can, interestingly, be configured to provide shade, as well as privacy. Twelve apartments make up this unorthodox variation upon a townhouse, including two two-bedroom duplexes spanning the first and second storeys, each with its own 1,080 SqFt garden; and two penthouses, each with two balconies, and private rooftop terraces. To complement the stark, angularity of the building’s façade are uniformly chiaroscuro interiors characterized by clean lines and virtually no color other than white and grey. Other notable features: floor-to-ceiling windows, custom kitchen cabinetry, deep soaking tubs in bathrooms, and a communal rooftop terrace (in addition to the two aforementioned).

Tech-Forward Retail Experience by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

For the LA-based clothing brand Reformation (noted for its eco-friendly clothes) ABC collaborator Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has designed a “concept store” in San Francisco’s Mission District that is a decided leap forward in the field of experiential retail design. Touch screens embedded in the walls of display areas allow customers to reserve items they’d like to try on; additional screens in changing rooms allow to them browse, add or exchange items. This is where the “magic wardrobe” comes in. Selected items are delivered from an abutting warehouse through a system of magnetic door locks. Customers can even employ a number of custom lighting settings within the fitting rooms. Fittingly, the interior backdrop for this tech-driven retail experience is stark white, simple, and clean-lined.

Perkins+Will’s ASID Headquarters World’s First Space to Earn LEED and WELL Platinum Certification

HQ for the American Society of Interior Designers, in Washington, D.C, designed by longtime ABC collaborator Perkins+Will, is now the first space in the world to receive both LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum certification: The space features a circadian lighting system that mimics natural daylight, and automated shades which follow the sun’s movement to help eliminate eye strain. The designers also implemented biophilic design strategies, with decorative patterns mimicking those common in nature. The space also allows employees to rotate workstations – records of the frequency of which rotations are fed into a digital dashboard which also displays metrics of the workplace’s environmental performance, air quality, sound levels, and more.

Lake|Flato’s Hog Pen Creek House

A two-storey, L-shaped house designed by our friends at Lake|Flato lies on five acres of land at the end of a road where Lake Austin meets Hog Pen Creek, surrounded and well-shaded by oak and pecan trees. Built around the constraints of easements and a flood plain, hence leaving only one-quarter of an acre of buildable land, the Hog Pen Creek home is essentially a property built from the inside out, with multifarious outdoor porches and walkways winding around the estate. The angular, almost skeletal construction of the site-plan, comprised of distinct units, connected by a kind of “boardwalk,” allows the ingress of copious amounts of natural light, which functions here as a kind of decorative element; and the structures comprising the residences are sided with warm vertical grain Western red cedar, also used to create custom kitchen cabinets and other elements of the interiors.

Studio Gang Architects’ Hive at the National Building Museum​​

Frequent ABC Stone collaborator Studio Gang, headed by Jeanne Gang, is a prominent Chicago- & NYC-based interdisciplinary A+D firm continually undertaking vital and important projects, of which this is one. For their contribution to Washington, D.C’s National Building Museum‘s Summer Block Party installation series, entitled Hive, the studio have turned the museum’s main hall into a… [that’s right, you guessed it]. Comprised of three oculus-topped chambers of stacked silver and magenta-wound paper tubes, the hives were inspired by the Hall’s infamous acoustics issues: the vast open space has nothing of off which sound might bounce so being in it is very much like standing in a field. Sound physics is a very complex discipline – for example, even temperature can effect sound dynamics in a space; – but one with which A+D’s must needs directly engage, either obliquely or directly depending on the nature of the project: this even extends to the consideration of building materials depending on whether they are more or less dense, &c. That Gang is addressing the acoustics issues often created by beautiful architecture in this unorthodox manner is less a curio than it is a glimpse of a way forward for how architects might in the future think about and address matters related to sound.