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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.
Lighting is a key element in kitchen design, not just for it's functional element, but the aesthetic element as well. The lighting you choose for your kitchen can truly transform your space and take you from Mid-Century Modern to Hollywood Glam with one simple fixture. While the cabinetry style remains very similar take a look how the lighting in these modern kitchens completely changes the style and makes a really bold statement. A Mid-Century modern chandelier mixes so beautifully with charcoal veneer cabinetry, a chromed island, and herringbone floor. It adds playful character to an elegant kitchen.
Jonathon Adler Meurice Collection 30 Light Chandelier
The charcoal veneer cabinetry, marble island, and natural wood island table work perfectly with an industrial modern pendant. The nice clean lines and gorgeous silhouette of the pendant lights compliment the rough edges of the table while the bronze finish contrasts so nicely with the marble top yet blends so nicely with the cabinetry and the flooring. This is the perfect look to warm up any industrial modern loft!
Piquito 11" High Black Mini Pendant
Bronx 7-1/2" Wide Black Pendant
These sleek clean lines are gorgeous on their own, but adding that glamorous chandelier is like putting on the perfect necklace or pair of earrings. It adds an element of sophistication and femininity without taking away from the strong modern details that make this kitchen so beautiful.
Robert Abbey Bling Collection Chandelier
The organic shape of the chandelier really softens up the space. It's a great contrast to the hard elements of the concrete floor and brick wall and really adds movement and depth to an otherwise stark kitchen.
Possini White Cloud 15" Wide Pendant
For the minimalist at heart, one option is no decorative lighting and the other is a light as sleek and clean as its environment. These long tube like pendants stand their ground over this island without creating too much drama. The clean lines mimic the lines of the cabinetry and remain absolutely stunning in their simplicity.
Silver 24" High Chrome Mini Pendant
Images: Pia Ulin, Fine Ting Og Sjokolade, Tamizo, What Wilson Wants, Tamizo
In the big apple, the hottest residential properties are the ones that literally sit on top of it all. Whether you're writing a down-payment check or just salivating over the thought of it like me, there's no denying the allure of New York's building-topping, showstopping spaces (such as Jill Stuart's edgy apartment above).
There's hardly a bad view from the 52nd floor of the Bloomberg Tower either:
What could be more appropriate than Warhol's soup cans in the kitchen? Does everyone in New York have an art collection to die-for (or to at least retire on)?
And who says there's no view of the sky, stars or trees in the city?
Generous use of wood extends the natural theme of this lower Manhattan penthouse apartment to the indoors. Distinctive pendant lights and modern recessed lighting maintain the contemporary feel.
George Kovacs Brushed Nickel Mini Pendant Light
At a decent altitude, light and space are easy to come by in the city, as in this spacious Chelsea penthouse by designer Marie Burgos.
Burgos has also applied her magic to a loft in Tribeca. I love the modern pendant lights that hangs overhead and sought out the design at Euro Style Lighting. This style works for kitchen islands as well as dining room tables.
Broadway Collection Crystal Bar Chandelier
Sure, a penthouse apartment in New York will cost a bundle. Infusing your home with the aesthetic however (minus the view) is much less cost-prohibitive.
Images: Small Shop, World of Architecture, HiConsumption, Joel Sander, Marie Burgos
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