Modern Apartments ‘Hides’ Behind Cast-Iron Facade in New York

Architectural design firm WORKac, have completed the renovation of a historical building with a cast-iron facade in New York City, and transformed it into modern apartments. From the exterior, and only visible when looking down on it, is the rooftop addition, which New York City’s Landmarks Commission required to be invisible from the street level. However as the building is low compared to others around it, the designers had to get creative. They utilized three rooftop projections to mask the bulk of an addition: the triangular pediment of the historic Carey Building next door, and the circular pediment and an abandoned elevator bulkhead at the top of the building itself. The “shadow” created by these three projections created a zone for the addition and the opportunity for a distinctive angled form for the new roof. Inside the building, there are several apartments, with the top floor penthouse apartment having it’s own private outdoor deck. The new penthouse located on the 5th and 6th floor of the building comes with a secluded terrace overlooking the Woolworth Building. One of the brilliant ideas of the renovation was to transform the old elevator bulkhead into a hot tub. This outdoor terrace links to the living area inside. A rear mezzanine offers space for storage or a home office; it is from here that the inhabitants can enjoy views toward downtown and the Freedom Tower. The interior design is minimalist and contemporary, with nature-inspired elements bringing a fresh feel.

Urban Alloy Tower Over Transportation Hub In New York

Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles of AMLGM have envisioned “Urban Alloy” as a redefinition of the typical residential tower typology. “The combination of escalating land prices and the acceleration of city migration have made urban renewal based modes of densification unfit for the contemporary city. Urban Alloy is the symbiotic re-purposing of the air rights above transportation corridors in New York. Urban Alloy proposes a residential typology rooted in the remnant spaces surrounding the intersection of transportation infrastructure, such as elevated train lines and freeway interchanges. With the proposed design and specified materials, we aim to optimize a heterogeneous and highly linked set of living environments capturing the air rights above these systems.”

Seeing New York in Cinemagraphs

We’ve already introduced the amazing Cinemagraphs by Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck. As an homage to the place they’re living, and working, they created the animated series “Seeing New York – through my Giorgio Armani lenses”, showing us the world trough their eyes. The result is a series of intriguing moving pictures that make us feel as if we were right there, observing Times Square, Central Park and the Grand Central station through the classic Armani lenses. If you are interested in the glasses, you can find them here.

Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif
New York Inspiration

Piaget has been released a timepiece to pay tribute to 12 iconic buildings of the New York state, including the Statue of Liberty. Some iconic skyscrapers are engraved on the black dial, in between the minutely carved roman numerals. The movement of the watch is relatif mechanical governed by the company owned Piaget 608P mechanism, which comprises of 27 jewels amongst its 163 total components. This unique watches shall have only 3 editions ever made for sale, which adds to the exclusive flavor of the watch. The price is still unknown.

Life After the Apocalypse

There are a lot of versions in internet about when and how will be the end of the world. Have you ever thought about how our world will look after? What could happen with Moscow and New York after a nuclear war? Talanted Russian artist Vladimir Manyuhin aka mvn78 was able to convey to us his view of such world in his matte paintings. All illustrations were created using various graphic programs such as Photoshop and 3DMax. Looks very interesting.