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With real estate prices literally through the roof, building increasingly higher is the only foreseeable course for the future of the Manhattan's skyline. Since 9/11 building plans, in the world's most competitive urban canopy, became understandably more conservative, with most buildings topping out around the 1200 ft. mark. Unlike emerging cities like Shanghai, Dubai and Hong Kong, New York's skyline is no longer in the race for world's tallest. These days, smart growth is the goal, and to that end, ambition gives way to jurisprudence.
Here are a few of the top new projects popping up around town:
On the former site of the Twin Towers, One World Trade Center (pictured above) is proof that boardrooms don't always make great designers. Architect Daniel Liebeskind's original "Freedom Tower" proposal (sketches at the top of this post) called for a breathtaking memorial atrium in the sky, but over time his weightless glass tower gave way through a highly public design process to the more conservative WTC 1, composed of 8 triangular sides inverted upon one another, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merril. With a pinnacle height of 1776 ft., it will eventually stand as the highest point in the New York skyline.
At ground level, a 185 ft. concrete safety wall is wrapped in ultramodern lighting fixtures composed of LEDs behind a glass curtain (above). Through the use of modern lighting fixtures, you can always count on good design as a final result.
In Midtown Manhattan, 432 Park Avenue (pictured above, courtesy of 432ParkAvenue.com) will offer an interesting collection of stacked vertical boxes. At 1379 ft. when completed, it's roof height will surpass that of even the Freedom Tower making it the tallest residential tower in the country.
Building upward has always been the aim of developers in Manhattan, and only through a series of forward-thinking building codes has the entire island been spared going 100% vertical over the years. It's these codes that mandate ground-level access to sunlight (spawning the classic set-back look of NYC's art deco skyscrapers), and it's this very regulation of sunlight access that has stalled the construction of Tower Verre (pictured below), arguably NYC's most adventurous building on the books.
Originally designed to be 1,250 ft., Tower Verre has been approved at a reduced 1,050 ft. to curb the reach of an afternoon shadow it could potentially cast over Central Park.
Like the Tower Verre, quite a few towers are being proposed at the 1200 ft range, approximately the height of the Empire State Building. Among them is the Vornado Tower (below) which is mildly reminiscent of The Shard in London.
Ground floors of the Vornado Tower (above) would contain retail spaces, lit by the light wells of the atrium like walls, and augmented with state of the art recessed lighting and energy efficient fixtures.
Lastly, the massive Hudson Yards Development seeks to transform rail yards at the far western end of the island into a cluster of supertall Class A office buildings, providing Midtown Manhattan with an always-needed infusion of floor space.
While it's unlikely that New York will ever hold the world's tallest building again, the city will always hold the world's heart as the consummate vertical urban environment.
Images: Studio Daniel Liebeskind, the Atlantic, New York Observer, Curbed NY, NYC Architecture, City Land, Chelsea Now
Sometimes we take life way too seriously, but living with art definitely helps take that edge off! Designer Ghislaine Vinas worked with the owners of this 15,000 square foot Tribeca warehouse to turn it into a masterpiece that truly makes you not only want to be inside their space, but inside their imagination!
This is the type of home you walk into and smile, the bold primary colors play a major part in that. I think each and every one of us hopes that one day we can be invited to a dinner party here.
The bold colors and patterns repeat throughout the home, but the consistency never feels boring or generic. There is a surprise around every corner! Pairing bold colorful furniture with modern black furniture and graphic pillows will help you create a playful and dynamic living room like the one above.
Vibrant black and white stripes mix with the playful green accents, really making this room come to life without feeling chaotic. Solid black elements, like a rug or black table lamps are always great grounding elements.
A kid waking up in this room better get up and dance every single morning! Modern children's furniture mixed with playful accessories, graphic art and window treatments can create a room that is both playful and functional.
Carpet that looks like grass and life size toy sheep grazing on it...can it get any cuter?! We think not.
Soaking in this modern freestanding tub under the neon clouds sounds like a perfect way to end the day.
Living with art, not to mention playful art, is a great way to help you feel happy at home, even if you don't live in a super cool loft in Tribeca. Your goal should be to step inside your home, leaving all your worries at the door.
Images: Interior Design
The Euro Style Lighting blogging team has decided to do a little round up for you each week. Think of it as a weekend read, some fun content for you to enjoy during your downtime... Here we go!
+So, have you ever seen color photographs of Le Corbusier? Well, besides the one in this post?... Fast Company has some rare, color photographs of this iconic designer and they are really fun to peruse.
+Thanks to CicLAVia, on Sunday morning, select L.A. city streets will be designated for cyclists only. Fixies, families and first-timers are all invited to ride care-free in the car-free city.
+We were completely blown away by this Medical Centre for Austistic Children in Sydney, Australia featured on Contemporist.
+Get the scoop on Young House Love's book tour and see if they're going to be in your city! Yes, they have a book coming out, as if their blog wasn't fun enough, right?!
+Do you want to get away this weekend, but can't go anywhere? Head over to Kevin Kunstadt's website and enjoy some mind-blowing photography of the The Dolomites, a section of the Alps located in Northeastern Italy.
+Our thoughts go out to all those affected by Superstorm Sandy. We were struck by this image of the subway system on Gothamist with the entire lower part of the island as well as parts of Queens and Brooklyn non-functional (This image was published Wednesday and may no longer be accurate) . L.A. Times Photography has a roundup of images and updates about this natural disaster.
+Are you going to be in London next week?... Holly Becker from Decor8 will be hosting a launch party for her fabulous new book Decorate Workshop.
+For some VERY cool photography of an underwater cave, head over to the Orda Cave website.
+If you're considering painting your walls and trying to achieve the industrial-chic look, Will from Bright Bazaar has some great color tips.
+For the Latin culture, November 2nd is Day of the Dead, a tradition that celebrates the life and the death of loved ones. Fox News Latino announed that a Los Angeles gallery opened yesterday in honor of this yearly tradition.
Day of the Dead Image: EBSQ
We are very happy to announch the launch of our print catalog! Iniside, you'll find 55 pages of our fabulous products, including some of our furniture.
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