First rendering of Rafael Viñoly’s space-age UES tower

The first rendering for a that firm’s planned space-age residential tower at 249 East 62nd Street in Manhattan by our friends at Rafael Viñoly Architects has been released on the website of the Hudson Meridian Construction Group. It indicates that the building will be characterized by rings at the top volumes, these containing condos, arranged around an octagonal core. 510′ tall, but making up only 32 storeys, 249 East 62 will telescope upwards in the middle, creating distinctive living areas on the upper and lower levels. Mechanical equipment will be housed in the middle, and upper floors will be significantly taller than lower. Grey concrete columns will run the building length along the angled edges of its eight-sides, and the base will contain a townhouse and retail volumes.

Perkins Eastman’s Tenement Museum Expansion

The Tenement Museum was founded in an 1864 tenement building in 1988. A recent expansion of the Museum, led by our friends at Perkins Eastman, into a separate, five-story historic building at 103 Orchard, will provide exhibition space and additional accommodations for staff, in the final phase of Perkins Eastman’s 10-year master plan for an overhaul of the institution. In 2011 they added a visitor’s center, gift shop, classrooms, and support spaces, and now, on each of the upper three floors of 103 Orchard, are three dumbbell-shaped railroad apartments connected via glazed passageways. The third floor exhibition space features content focusing on the changing face of immigrant communities after the Second World War.

Steven Holl Architects’ Moscow “Parachute Hybrids”

Art collective Kamen have, in collaboration with our friends at Steven Holl Architects, released plans for a playful, unorthodox mixed-use for the Tushino district in Moscow. Featuring massive circles cut into the facades and topped with green roofs, the asymmetrical glass buildings won an international design competition, besting, among others, Zaha Hadid Architects. The project draws inspiration from the location’s history: it was formerly a paratrooper airfield; the architects call the buildings “Parachute Hybrids.” The complex of buildings will comprise housing, social spaces, an elementary school, a large public garden and playground space; the design is sustainable, with green roofs, solar pergolas, rainwater recycling, and geothermal heating/cooling.

San Francisco Design Firm BAMO in the Sea of Cortez​​

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences overlooks the Sea of Cortez (a/k/a the Gulf of California), on the western coast of Mexico, from which our friends at the San Francisco-based BAMO drew inspiration for their design, especially in terms of the tropics-influenced color palette which they utilized. Chileno Bay sits beside a hidden cove in which natural reefs abound. Amenities include multiple restaurants, a 7,500 SqFt spa, fitness and sports centers; out of doors: a three-tiered oceanfront pool; there’s also access to a Golf course. BAMO is an interior design firm, for this project they’re primarily responsible for Chileno Bay’s vacation villa, which departs from traditional Mexican architecture and incorporates handcrafted tiles, contemporary artwork, and locally-sourced furnishings and finishes.

Record-breaking rooftop pool-topped Brooklyn skyscraper by KPF

A 68-storey Downtown Brooklyn skyscraper by our friends at KPF | Kohn Pedersen Fox will feature on its roof the highest residential infinity pool in the western hemisphere (i.e, that which is the most high off of the ground: 680′ above grade). A number of new renderings have been released, focused on the optical illusory pool, depicting it as one among a slew of rooftop amenities upon which that office collaborated with our friends at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects: these include a wooden sunbathing deck, and outdoor film screen equipment. Upon completion the 720′ skyscraper will be Brooklyn’s second tallest building. The building will wrapped in distinctive faceted glass walls.

ABC Stone Receives 2017 Pinnacle Award from the Natural Stone Institute

ABC Stone is pleased to announce that we have received a 2017 Pinnacle Award of Excellence from the Natural Stone Institute. A prestigious jury of A+D and natural stone professionals has selected our Perry World House project, from among dozens of entries received last year.

The Pinnacle Awards are given each year by the Natural Stone Institute (formerly known as the Marble Institute of America and the Building Stone Institute, or MIA+BSI) to projects whose beauty, creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in commercial and residential applications.

Perry World House, designed by 1100 Architect, is the University of Pennsylvania’s hub for global engagement. The new space allows affiliates from each of the University’s twelve schools to address international affairs in a cross-disciplinary way.

The 17,400-square-foot building combines a historic house built in 1851 with a new limestone-clad structure. A portion of the original house was salvaged and reconstructed, as per historic documentation. In addition to the project’s adaptive reuse, the Perry World House is on track to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Renaissance Beige limestone, vein-cut with a honed finish, was selected for the façade and roofline; the same material, cross-cut with a honed finish, for the interior walls and floors.

The natural linear grain of the stone provided unique visual interest that was incorporated into the final design, and ABC Stone made several trips to the Renaissance Beige quarry in Germany to hand-pick the material, ensuring consistency of selection.

The National Stone Institute, is a trade association which represents every aspect of the natural stone industry and offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events, for stone industry professionals.

The Pinnacle Awards Jury for 2017 included Richard Bertman, FAIA, LEED AP of CBT Architects, David Hacin, FAIA of Hacin + Associates, and Craig Copeland, AIA, LEED AP BD+C of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, among others.

In other exciting news, ABC’s own Don McGee was honored with the 2017 Speaker of the Year award through the Natural Stone Institute’s CEU Program, having throughout the year given 39 CEU classes, and educated 454 architects and designers.

For more than a quarter century, the world’s top architects and designers have put their trust in ABC Stone. Our strategic partnerships with top quarries the world over give us unparalleled access to the finest stones ever unearthed. Exotic marble, extraordinary granite, magnificent limestone in addition to an impressive array of onyx, travertine, quartzite and semi-precious, among other fine natural stones, make ABC a one stop stone resource for the A&D community.

Gertler & Wente’s $7M revamp of Center City high-rise

1700 Market – a high-rise in the Market West region of Philadelphia tied with Two Logan Square as the 20th-tallest building in the city – was purchased in 2016 by Shorenstein Properties, a San Francisco developer, for $200M. The new owners sometime thereafter announced renovations to the building, to be undertaken by construction company D’Lauro and Rodgers Inc, working from our friends at Gertler & Wente‘s plans. Phase I of the renovation of the mid-century building will include new exterior signage, exterior & interior lighting, and ceilings, as well as a new glass entranceway, doors, and Terrazzo flooring for the lobby. Phase II will, as yet, pertain to the addition of a conference center, fitness center, and roof terrace.

ZGF Architects’ 1215 O Street

This is an 11-storey office project in downtown Sacramento, covering 360,K SqFt, designed by our friends at ZGF Architects. It will house working spaces for up to 1,150 state employees as a part of an initiative of the California Department of General Services to modernize its facilities. The structure will include office-, meeting-, and storage-space, as well as an employee gym. In an attempt to integrate the building into the existing community it will also feature a pedestrian plaza and retail space. It will be a net zero building targeting LEED Platinum certification: it will use 60% less water than office buildings of a similar size, and will be powered by onsite (rooftop) solar panels, and offsite solar energy sources of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Krause Sawyer’s Canopy by Hilton

Friends of ABC Stone Krause Sawyer channeled Washington, D.C’s waterfront heritage for its design for The Canopy, a Hilton hotel on the Southwest Waterfront. Hilton’s first “Canopy” hotel in the United States, it also lies close to the two-hundred year-old Maine Avenue Fish Market. Krause Sawyer co-founders Kajsa Krause and Tracey Sawyer were, in their own words, “Inspired by the transformation of the marina and the fish market over time” – the later now being landmarked. The 175-key hotel is anchored by a main public space, Canopy Central. For the design of hotel and public space alike the office drew upon maritime themes and employed nautical materials such as a weathered oak and steel, recalling docks and warehouses. Guestrooms feature carpets with patterns resembling waves, and canopies invoking the shapes of fish crates.