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.

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).

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.

Design Brooklyn 2017 Celebration & BBQ | Recap

If design is the premiere art form of the 21st century then Brooklyn is ground zero. Known for its cultural and artistic diversity, the borough is teeming with visionary professionals who have found innovative solutions to every design conundrum under the sun. On Thursday, June 22nd, ABC teamed up with our friends at LUXE Interiors + Design for our 2nd annual Design Brooklyn Celebration. ABC was proud to host and sponsor this BBQ-themed Summer kick-off. Special thanks to Sailor Jerry’s Rum and Beso Del Sol Sangria for their generous and delicious beverage sponsorships.

Photos Courtesy of LUXE Interiors + Design

2016 Carrara Residency Party Retrospective

For the past 6 years, ABC Stone, in cooperation with New York Academy of Art, has sponsored a stone sculpting Artist Residency in Carrara, Italy, as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps them cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

To honor the sculptures produced by the recipients of the 2016 Artist Residency in Carrara, New York Academy of Art students, Jiannan Wu and Brice Esso, ABC Stone held a celebration in its colorful Brooklyn warehouse.

As aerial acrobats entertained guests with their graceful maneuvers overhead, below were enjoyed dozens of new sculptures, from the hyperrealist sculptor Robin Antar, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Alasdair Thomson, Michael Kukla, and Barry X Ball among others.

Brice Esso is a perfect example of a contemporary Renaissance Man. Born in Cote d’Ivoire in 1991, his childhood was filled with experiences that helped shape his sensibility for art and culture. Although his family had different expectations for him, he decided to travel abroad to pursue his college degree in America. While completing a Bachelor’s degree in business, Brice reconnected with his passion for visual arts. It is at New York Academy of Art that Brice continues to develop his skills as a sculptor.

Jiannan Wu is celebrated as a young artist specializing in sculpture and drawing. Born in 1990 in Dalian, China, Jiannan started to learn painting and drawing at the age of seven. From 2009 to 2014 he studied sculpture at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and graduated with a BFA. He works in both sculpture and drawing, and is interested in the relationship between image and sculpture. In his creative approach, he uses the combination of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional sculptures—the perspective effect of pictures is utilized in his sculptures.

ABC is honored to have had the opportunity to further the education of these promising young artists. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and millennia-old tradition of transforming it through highly skilled craft.

Entertainment provided: Adair Moran Aerialists

Lighting: Ken Farmer & Kyle Garner of Wild Dogs International

Music provided: DJ Leecy T

Photography: Elliot Goldstein

Culinary delights: Halcyon Gourmet

Photobooth fun: Mashbooths

Have any pictures of the event? Upload and tag @ABCStone or #LiveYourLifeInStone.

How to Pronounce the Names of 22 Notable Architects (from Arch Daily)

There’s no doubt that one of the best things about architecture is its universality. Wherever you come from, whatever you do, however you speak, architecture has somehow touched your life. However, when one unexpectedly has to pronounce a foreign architect’s name… things can get a little tricky. This is especially the case when mispronunciation could end up making you look less knowledgeable than you really are. (If you’re really unlucky, it could end up making you look stupid in front of your children and the whole world.)

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 22 architects with names that are a little difficult to pronounce, and paired them with a recording in which their names are said impeccably. Listen and repeat as many times as it takes to get it right, and you’ll be prepared for any intellectual architectural conversation that comes your way. View this article at ARCH DAILY.