HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Manhattan

It’s Manhattan that is dominating the headlines this week, so we take a look into what is going on in the Big Apple, aswell as covering all the other relevant and interesting news stories we think you’ll want to know about.

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The tallest ever residential tower has just topped out in Manhattan, standing at 1,550 feet high. The city that never sleeps is showing no sign of slowing down in the race for the sky, as Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill move one step closer to opening their huge Central Park Tower. Built in a similar style to Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, it takes a slightly sleeker approach to design, with unbelievable apartments that frame the city in a way not seen before. Such heights shows the sprawling metropolis in all it’s glory, accomodating 179 residences.

Central Park Tower / Manhattan

Central Park Tower / Manhattan

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Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto is to design his first ever project in New York, teaming up with developer The Collective to create a co-living complex. Not one to shy away from a challenge, the complex occupies the space which was the former home to the Slave Theatre, a hub for black culture and political activism between 1984 and 1994. Co-living, which offers student-style living with hotel-grade services, has grown in popularity in recent years as a convenient, affordable and social housing alternative. Fujimoto’s accomodation will contain 440 units in a mix of two to three bedrooms that are available to rent for year-long, month-to-month and nightly stays.

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Another supertall building has topped out in Manhattan this week; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates’s One Vanderbilt will soon become the tallest contemporary office facility in Midtown Manhattan, at 427 meters in height. A sleek, all glass building that is placed right by New York’s most iconic skyscrapers; the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

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The 2019 American Prize for Architecture goes to Miami-based architecture office Arquitectonica. Headed by Laurinda Spear and Bernardo Fort-Brescia, the firm is known for its “Trendsetting Modernist Miami Style”, which launched back in 1977.

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BIG and Robert De Niro of all people have joined forces to create a huge, new film, television and creative studio in the Queens neighbourhood of Astoria. The Wildflower Film Studio is the brainchild of a variety of different minds including, Ingels, De Niro, his son and also Jane Rosenthal. The purpose of the new studio is to ensure the pathway for the next generation of film producers, writers and actors in the New York area.

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Research by Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh has indicated that 8m people in the UK are living in unsuitable conditions, the equivalent of the population of London. This comes after fears that the housing crisis is far worse than originally estimated.

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David Adjaye has designed three multi-faith temples in Abu Dhabi to represent the three Abrahamic faiths, in order to promote tolerance and peaceful co-existence. The church, mosque and synagogue will stand in equal size and measure next to each other, all with huge, strong pillars.

“As an architect I want to create a building that starts to dissolve the notion of hierarchical difference – it should represent universality and totality – something higher, that enhances the richness of human life,” he continued.

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Despite financial disruption and a lack of tourism in the recent months, Hong Kong’s sky high property prices have shown no sign of dwindling, with consistent growth still predicted in the future.

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Two designs for Milan’s new San Siro stadium are now competing against one another, with arena specialist Populous going against Manica/Sportium. Populous’ The Cathedral has a stunning, but sustainable design, aiming to be the most sustainable arena in Europe.

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The booming East London has been named the highest performing residential area in London, and demand for private rental housing is on the up, particularly in central London, contributing to positive forecasts for rental growth across London, according to the research from real estate form CBRE.

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Zaha Hadid Architects’five-pronged terminal building at Beijing Daxing International Airport has now opened to the public, adding to the airport which is already one of the biggest in the world.

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LSE have added a brand, new building to their Economics and Political Science Department, with a classy build designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Aptly named Centre Building, it is placed in the heart of the London School of Economics and Political Science’s (LSE) campus in Bloomsbury, London.

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Labour have put a marker down by outlining their social housing policies ahead of the next election, pledging £10bn a year for 100,000 social rented council homes.

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Heatherwick’s latest venture is to be in the Czech capital of Prague, designing a quasi-shopping centre come workspace. The site will be very much connected to it’s historic surroundings, whilst bringing a new atmosphere to the area by restoring some slightly dilapidated buildings in the vincinity.

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The London property market has taken a blow, as the sale of an £850 building, which includes one of WeWork’s largest siutes, falls through. A deal to sell Southbank Place near Waterloo station, which also includes the London headquarters of Royal Dutch Shell, to the Singaporean group Bright Ruby was called off on Friday, according to two people briefed on the situation.

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The latest of the Foster + Partners series of Apple Stores designed for the company has opened in Tokyo, Japan. Huge windows reveals bamboo shoots decorating the inside, with the store built at the base of a modernist 1970s tower block.

“We wanted to create a restrained presence amid the bustle of Tokyo,” said Stefan Behling, head of Studio at Foster + Partners.

“The beautifully crafted aluminium vitrines define the boundary of the store and Apple’s presence, offering everyone walking by a glimpse into the store.”

2019-09-30T14:50:57+00:00