CetraRuddy office building on S.I. breaks ground (will have bocce courts and a vineyard)

Today ground is broken on a 336,K SqFt office building in Staten Island with a bocce court, and a 40,K SqFt rooftop farm, which will provide produce for the building’s social enterprise restaurant – Pienza, Pizza, Pasta and Porchetta – that will donate all of its proceeds to charity. The eight-storey structure. aiming for LEED Silver Certification, is part of Staten Island’s Teleport campus in Bloomfield, near Arthur Kill. The south side of the building, designed by our friends at CetraRuddy, will slope sharply towards the ground, and this will minimize solar heat gain; its north side will angle up to draw in rays. The interior is also of note, featuring, as it will, a double-heght lobby in Italian marble. The same can be said of the outlying area, where the building’s developers, Nicotra, are working with specialists from Napa Valley on a vineyard.

Renderings for the new Rafael Viñoly Manhattan supertall

Our friends at Rafael Viñoly Architects have a new tower in the works at 125 Greenwich Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. The glass-clad tower will rise 88 storeys/912′ and will house luxury condos with interiors designed by March & White, a British firm which, interestingly, primarily designs superyachts; accordingly, the interiors will draw inspiration from the interiors of such sea vessels. The tower is grounded by dual exposed concrete column which all for floorplates without columns. The building’s top three floors will feature a spa, 50-foot lap pool, and a fitness center with a yoga studio and training room. As yet not much is known about the building’s relationship to the street as there are no images of the ground condition.

New Renzo Piano-Designed Building​​ for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures yesterday released preliminary programming plans for its new location in LA’s Miracle Mile district, within the May Company Building on Wilshire Boulevard, with a new adjacent a 140-foot-tall glass and steel orb-shaped structure housing a 1,000-seat theater and large terrace and overlooking the Hollywood hills. The main building will include two floors devoted to permanent exhibitions surveying the evolution of filmmaking, with another for rotating exhibitions. The theater within the dome will be equipped to show 35mm, 70mm, and nitrate film prints. As the exhibits incorporate a vast array of kinds of displays and media, our friends at Renzo Piano Building Workshop set about making the spaces as flexible as possible, while also bearing in mind Museum director Kerry Brougher’s desire for an immersive experience for visitors.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ second Melbourne tower, The Mayfair

The Folks at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have released renderings of a 19-storey/210′ apartment complex called The Mayfair, the be constructed in Melbourne. The structure will, unless the renderings are lies, be characterized by extensive balconies nestled in distinctively Hadidian curves, and a pair of adjacent rooftop swimming pools which are also curvy. The Mayfair will be located just outside of Melbourne’s central business district, where our friends at ZHA are working on their first tower in Melbourne – this will be their second. In addition to the communal roof terrace with its interesting looking compartmentalized pools, the most notable feature of the structure will probably be the glass-enclosed balconies which will make up its facade, which will be divided by diagonal struts, each linked to the floor plate of the level below, creating a continuous design.

Deborah Berke Partners’ Nashville 21C Museum Hotels Outpost Their Seventh

This outpost of the hotel chain boasts a double-height glass wall in its reception area giving a view of art in a ballroom below. In keeping with the museum-hotel hybrid concept of the 21C Museum Hotels, all of the hotel’s 138 guest rooms double as galleries. A glass ceiling poised directly beneath the second level skylights allows copious light ingress to a corridor connecting the lobby and a restaurant, in which corridor there is a high concentration of paintings and objects d’art. In a number of other ways is the economy of natural light played with intricately by our friends at Deborah Berke Partners, this being necessary given a lack of windows in the building’s party wall, including a series of lightwells, so that the hotel is thoroughly naturally lit, albeit primarily from above.

MdeAS’ Long Island City office development with food hall and rooftop park

“The JACX” will be a major addition to NYC’s fastest growing neighborhood, in the form of two identical mixed-use towers at 28-01 Jackson Avenue, which will consist of 40,K SqFt of retail space, a gourmet market, food hall and restaurants, boutique fitness centers and a one-acre rooftop terrace/greenspace. Each tower will stand 26-storeys with a gross SqFtge of 1.2M. Our friends at Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects (MdeAS) have said their intention in the design was to “bring the outside in,” with their landscaped terraces and rooftop which will serve as a quadrangle for tenants to socialize, eat or do work. The quad itself will have a 2,000 SqFt food & beverage pavilion, and, at ground level, there will be a another large greenspace along Queens Plaza.

CetraRuddy’s First Project in Canada will be this Strikingly Modern, Vertebral Luxury Tower

The strikingly modern, vertebral, 64 Prince Arthur will lie between two neighborhoods in Toronto, The Annex and Yorkville. The 29-storey tower, designed by our friends at CetraRuddy, will stand around 400 feet and comprise 60 units of a luxury-residential nature. Its uniquely textured exoskeletal facade peels away to allow for outdoor terraces which in increase in SqFTge higher and higher up the building. The structure is also unique insofar as its central core is its only consistent shape, with each floor plate slowly morphing from a rectangle at the entry level until it terminates in a polygon at the top floor.

ICRAVE Built an Indoor Neighborhood for this Luxury Development

Interior designers, and our friends, ICRAVE‘s mission was to create a self-sufficient neighborhood-within-a-building for (other friends) SLCE Architects‘ 21 West End. Aiding them in this pursuit was a commodious underground space originally designated as a parking garage, which they’ve turned into a 30,K SqFt amenity space, featuring a library, wine lockers, a carpentry workshop, a lounge, soundproof spaces with a karaoke machine and a room-size golf simulator, storage units for residents, a dog playground and pet spa, and also a gym for human use with a yoga studio and an indoor pool. There’s even a real wooden dinosaur in a child’s play area. In addition to housing a lot of stuff, the amenities complex constitutes a self-contained neighborhood, in the metaphysical sense: a place which invokes a sense of community and of being a public, – and this is a great idea because this building is on the Upper West Side, which arguably isn’t a neighborhood at all.

New Gensler-designed building for the New England Conservatory of Music

Ann Beha Architects, in collaboration with our friends at Gensler, for a new Student Life and Performance Center for the New England Conservatory of Music‘s campus in Boston: a 10-story mixed-use building with 250+ residential units, and space for dining and music-related research and experimentation. In the hopes of giving the building’s exterior a unique and distinctive identity, which also embodied a “handmade” aesthetic, the team opted for a facade of variously-colored and -finished terra-cotta tiles applied in mixed patterns, with stainless steel screen cladding. Additionally there are broad (transparent) glass expanses at the street level. For this purpose the team utilized Ludowici, a terra-cotta manufacturer specializing in 19th century historic roof tile renovations.