The blocks surrounding Manhattan’s High Line have seen a plethora of developments boasting unique experimental architectural designs. The creativity has been pervasive and consistent. The latest icon to top-off is 40 Tenth Avenue, an expressive office building formerly known as the “Solar Carve” tower. Aurora Capital is responsible for the Meatpacking District development.
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The redevelopment of Macy’s former footprint in Downtown Brooklyn is set to add a major new skyscraper to the Borough’s skyline. Renderings for 11 Hoyt Street are out, and it’s looking to make an impression. The 51-story condominium building is designed by the architecture and urban design firm Studio Gang, led by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. This project will be the Chicago-based firm’s first residential building in New York City.
On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a major expansion of the American Museum of Natural History.
The American Museum of Natural History, located between West 77th and 81st streets on the Upper West Side, has filed plans with the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for their expansion project, the Wall Street Journal reported. Since the museum board approved the Studio Gang Architects-designed project late last year, the proposed expansion has grown from 218,000 square feet to 235,000 square feet. Also, the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation — a ground-up six-story structure near 79th Street — has been altered to cut into only a quarter of an acre of Theodore Roosevelt Park, down from half an acre. Changes to the 2015 plans include reducing the number of trees removed from nine to seven, and demolishing three existing structures. Extensive reconfiguration work and upgrades to park space remain key elements of the project. In addition to the LPC, the Parks Department must also approve the project. Completion is tentatively expected in 2020.
In the fall of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications filed by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for the Rescue 2 firehouse, a new three-story, 27,114-square-foot fire station planned at 1815 Sterling Place, in Ocean Hill. Dezeen has revealed renderings of the building, being designed by Studio Gang Architects. The exterior will be clad in precast concrete panels and red-glazed terra cotta. The facility will include dormitories, a kitchen and dining area, office and storage space, a gym, and third-floor will feature outdoor space. Fire training will also occur at the site. The city has reportedly approved the project, and construction will begin this summer. Completion is expected in late 2017.