It’s all the action occurring in The Big Apple that is grabbing our attention this week, as the Brexit durge rolls on…

Read on to find out the week’s most important news stories concerning property & architecture.

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The sky has never been the limit for architects in New York, and this new skyscraper from SHoP architects certainly adheres to that principle. Positioned perfectly centre in the strip of Metropolis that is the Big Apple, the views from 111 West 57th Street are jaw-dropping. Similar to the Central Park Tower positioned right next to it, this residential tower is part of a new breed of supertall, superskinny builds in Manhattan. With the building topping out this week, designers were keen to relflect the history and philosophy of Manhattan architecture, with a harmonious integration of the historic Steinway Hall which occupies the address.

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Ever had the desire to gaze at some beautiful Heatherwick architecture whilst doing front crawl? Well now you can! Fitness brand Equinox has just opened it’s first hotel in the Big Apple, positioned right next to the huge new Hudson Yards development, with a rooftop pool just metres from Heatherwick’s Vessel. Rockwell Group and London’s Joyce Wang Studio teamed up to create this stunning hotel/fitness club, with the chicest of design.

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David Hotson has designed an incredible eight floor penthouse in the Big Apple, occupying the top of the iconic Woolworth Tower built in 1913, which was then the world’s tallest. The Bond baddie-esque lair is connected by a series of spiral staircases and is sheet white, with beautiful features in a surrealist style. Named ‘The Pinnacle’, the project is part of a larger ambition to transform the top 30 floors of the historic skyscraper into luxury condos, with the top floor mecca set to take at leat $79 million.

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There several reports that despite the success of it’s neighbour, the Brooklyn property market is beginning to falter after years of expected prosperity.

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Zaha Hadid Architects have teamed up with Cox Architecture to design a new airport in Sydney. The Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is expected to become “the largest international gateway to Australia by 2060”, accomodating the expansion of the cultural capital.

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The winner of the 2019 RAIC International Prize went to Hariri Pontarini Architects for their work on the Baha’i Temple in Santiago, Chile. The RAIC is awarded by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

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The Obama Presidential Centre has taken some forward steps, as new renderings are released of the building. Almost like a stone memorial for the former President and the historic years he was in office, the centre in Chicago’s South Side, covers two acres and beautifully sits along the western edge of the park along South Stony Island.

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The typical home in the UK has risen in price by £900 from last year, in comparison to an increase of £9,100 back in 2016. This further cements what has been an uncertain and sluggish atmosphere in the housing market this year.

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A rather remarkable ‘skyscraper church’ has been built in Hong Kong, designed by Rocco Design Architects. Situated in the heart of the densely populated city, the 21-storey Wesleyan House Methodist International Church must be the first religious establishment that contains a ‘Sky Chapel’!

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A group of architects have been chosen by the OnePULSE Foundation to design a memorial for those that lost their lives in the Orlando Pulse club shooting in 2016. The group includes Coldefy & Associés with RDAI, Orlando-based HHCP Architects, Xavier Veilhan, dUCKS scéno, Agence TER, and Prof. Laila Farah, and the team have come up with an idea to honor the 49 victims, choosing a palette of 49 colors to line the basin and radiate towards a peaceful garden planted with 49 trees.

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London’s build-to-rent sector has grown by a huge 35% in just five years.

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Imagine one of the world’s most celebrated architecture firms designing the classroom you sit in as a nine year old? Well the children of The Heights public school in Virginia are going to be rather spoilt in that department!

BIG have designed the twisting, angled blocks that form the school, and by stacking them on top of each other, they form “cascading terraces”, for the beautiful new school just outside of Washington DC.

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Ron Arad has completed his amazing A-shaped building in Tel Aviv, Israel, which he claims was inspired by an ‘iceberg’. With his ambition to have as little of the building touching the floor as possible, he created a space under the building for a park!

The angular, weaving office tower is certainly an impressive piece of architecture.