One Willoughby Square, FXFOWLE’s 500-foot office tower in Downtown Brooklyn

FXFOWLE have released renderings for their 495′ office tower at One Willoughby Square (Downtown Brooklyn). JEMB Realty, developers of the project have finalized a deal with the city for the 3,132 SqFt lots. Originally their plans were to construct a 65-storey/700′ condo (with the help of our friends at KPF), but in order to gain air rights from NYCEDC they had to settle for an office complex by our friends at FXFOWLE. Says Dan Kaplan, FXFOWLE partner, the tower will be rooted in what he thinks are the “most classical New York-type buildings.” However, notably, the building will not have a glass curtain facade, and office floor plans with be open with few columns and obstructions. The building will also house a 300-seat school, as well as several “super-floors” which will feature 18′ ceilings, terraces, and loggias.

DDG Partners’ elongated brickwork tower (UES)

Our friends at DDG Partners have undertaken a bold and daring architectural experiment in this grey brick residential tower, which plays intelligently with the typologies of the Art Deco architectural style, to be assembled in Carnegie Hill, Upper East Side, Manhattan. In addition to eye-catching vaulted balconies with brass frames, the building will be made of nearly 600,000 uniquely textured, elongated Kolumba bricks. The building will stand 50-storeys and contain 48 residences, of which a key feature will be vaulted ceilings rising as high as 14 feet. The interiors will also reflect the predominating pre-war aesthetic, and the bathrooms will abound in silver travertine.

Dattner Architects brings 274-unit affordable building to East New York

The 274-unit Chestnut Commons built-community/development will be one of the first affordable housing complexes to rise in East New York, Brooklyn, following its recent rezoning; the location is a large vacant lot bounded by Dinsmore Place, Chestnut Street, and Atlantic Avenue. Brought to you by our friends at Dattner Architects, the Commons will be built to passive house standards and unlike most affordable housing developments covered in articles flagged up in this briefing, it will actually serve low-income New Yorkers with 29% of units set aside for families making up to $26K/y. The building will comprise studio apartments, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedrooms, and will also have space for community organizations: a satellite campus for CUNY Kingsborough Community College, a new performing arts center by ARTS East New York, a food manufacturing incubator, and a social services center.

Morris Adjmi Architects’ condo tower replaces Nomad parish-house

Two years since the parish house of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church was razed to make way for a Morris Adjmi-designed condo tower, extensive renderings of which have been made available to the New York Times and now your eyes. 30E31 will be the tallest building designed by our friends at Morris Adjmi Architects in the City of New York. Adjimi drew inspiration from both modernist skyscrapers of the city and the Gothic architecture of nearby churches: a minimalist design at the base of the façade which gives way to a zigzagging design closer to the top, where a duplex penthouse boasts zigzagging windows. Finishes and amenities worth mentioning: white oak flooring, and Calacatta marble bathrooms; a private communal dining room, and a communal garden.

Allied Works’ Renovation of Eleven Madison Park

Brad Cloepfil, and our friends at Allied Works Architecture, have undertaken a 2,900 SqFt revamp of the three Michelin star restaurant currently ranked the best in the world, Eleven Madison Park. The commission came from the historic restaurant’s new owners, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, who sought a design that would serve as the best possible forum for presenting what Cloepfil calls “the chef’s art:” the team strove to leave intact the spirit of the original interior while adding elements drawn from art and nature (the design for the rugs draws inspiration from the imprint of wet leaves on the sidewalk.) The pervasive yellow of the room, due to its wood paneling, was replaced with a more earthy, neutral palette with light touches of wood. They installed large mirrors to reflect the natural light from Madison Park across the road; lamps and curved padded banquettes resembling sofas.

Adjaye Associates’ Interactive Spy Museum SPYSCAPE to Open in NYC

David Adjaye has revealed its plans for a new museum of the history of espionage, SPYSCAPE, which will feature significant interactive content. SPYSCAPE will cover 60,K SqFt, and will be located near Times Square. For the project, our friends at Adjaye Associates draw inspiration from spaces occupied by various spy organizations of the world; the interiors will resemble a small town with spaces unfolding beneath a vaulted canopy. SPYSCAPE will also be notable for its variously unique lighting strategies, and the use of materials such as smoked glass, fiber cement, acoustic paneling, and mirror-/weather-polished steel to foster a sense of wonder and observation. Says Lucy Tilley, Associate Director for Adjaye Associates, “We have been able to challenge the traditional museum typology with a design that creates a new model of visitor experience which straddles the physical and digital worlds.”

S9 Architecture’s Brooklyn Navy Yard outpost for WeWork has topped out​ at Dock 72

The new home of WeWork, a company which provides freelancers, startups and small businesses with shared workplace communities will exist at Dock 72 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and will take up 222,K SqFt over 17-storeys. The substantial amenities of the building will be curated by WeWork, and will include a 13,K SqFt food hall, a 15,K SqFt health & wellness center, an open lawn with sporting equipment, and a conference center. For the design of the building, our friends at S9 Architecture has drawn influence from the Navy Yard’s maritime history, and the building’s massing resembles historic ships built on that site. The structure is a storm-proofed with a set of twenty 42′-tall V-shaped steel columns.

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.