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.

Galeria Melissa NYC by Mancini•Duffy

Galeria Melissa NYC is a clothing and shoe boutique for Brazilian brand Melissa, with the aesthetic and ostensive practicing ethos of an art gallery. Its parent company, Grendene, chose our friends at Mancini•Duffy for their extensive NYC retail expertise (the firm redesigned one floor of Saks Fifth Avenue.) Leaving the building’s cast-iron facade in place, the office installed, in a triangular vestibule, two gargantuan LED monitors, reflecting “infinitely” off mirrored flooring, displaying video art by Sam Cannon featuring women’s bodies coated in fluid. Melissa’s presence on social media played a role in the store’s design which Ali Aslam, designer at Mancini•Duffy, attributes to the shift away from traditional brick-and-mortar retail promoted by social media, towards online retail supported by brick-and-mortar media (sort of).

Office of Architecture tears down the walls for a Tribeca apartment renovation

Office of Architecture decided that walls were unnecessary for this large Tribeca apartment which they renovated. Those which stood were collapsed and replaced with walnut cabinetry, sliding doors, and industrial steel columns. The walls were removed from the 3,000 SqFt space, occupying a full floor in a former 19th-century warehouse, in an attempt open up living areas and maximize use of natural light to an extreme. Black American walnut was used by our friends at OA on all floors, and sliding doors separate off bedrooms; all instances of which are offset with white. Different “zones” of the apartment are delineated by the building’s original wooden beams which were left in place. (Walls of the master bathroom feature Calacatta Gold marble.)

ASH NYC transform 19th century glass factory to luxury rentals

The conversion into rentals of a 19th century glass factory in Bushwick is now underway, led by our friends at ASH NYC. It is now known as “Glassworks Bushwick” (and has its own teaser website): the name being inspired by the former Dannenhoffer Opalescent Glassworks factory, founded in 1888. Aspects of the original factory are being incorporated into the development, which will feature 63 units; additionally, white oak flooring, stainless steel appliances, and custom light fixtures by ASH NYC.

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.