Rising high: starchitect-designed residential towers
Luxury residential towers in world cities – most noticeably London, New York and Miami – continue to be the outlet for the world’s leading starchitects to flex their creative muscle. Telegraph Luxury reported on the trend last year as Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield and Norman Foster embarked on new residential schemes in Manhattan, noting how adding big name architects doesn’t just add desirability, but “a few noughts on the price” of the apartments for canny developers.
But further confirmation of this phenomena comes with the publication of the Dezeen Hot List, the online architecture and design magazine which has crunched their digital data to compile the ultimate list of the past year’s 400 hottest brands, designers, architects and events according to their most popular stories. Over the course of the research Dezeen discovered that many of the highest ranking architects owed their prestigious pole positions to noteworthy residential projects.
Rendering of the Soho Tower by Renzo Piano
“There’s been a real boom in luxury residential towers designed by leading architects recently,” says editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs. “Hardly a week goes by without a big name unveiling a condo tower in Miami or an apartment skyscraper in London or New York. In the past the only way to live in a pad designed by big names such as Zaha Hadid Architects Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron and Rem Koolhaas, UNStudio and MVRDV was to commission them to build your private house. Now you can buy a penthouse, often with the latest must-have luxury touches such as four-way views, double kitchens, wraparound balconies and car lifts.”
Miami is certainly a hotspot right now. Norman Foster’s Faena House hit the headlines for its record-breaking $60m penthouse sale in 2015 but also under construction are residences designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (designers of this summer’s Serpentine Pavilion), Zaha Hadid Architects and Architectonica. In Manhattan, which is experiencing a boom in this sector not seen since before the 2008 recession, it seems the narrower the better. “Super-skinny towers are increasingly desirable,” says Fairs, “particularly in New York where affluent residents like to have an entire floor to themselves.” And in the UK, developers are homing in on east London, capitalising on its thriving digital and creative communities and proximity to the City.
Here’s a rundown of luxury residential projects by globally-renowned architects that have recently completed, or are currently under construction:
The ideal choice for design lovers, French architect Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 tower is adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art on New York’s 53rd Street, three of it’s floors will house new MoMa gallery space and residents are automatically granted membership to the museum. Its tapered 320-metre-high silhouette rises to a roofline that’s staggered across three irregular levels. There will be 139 apartments, including duplexes and some that occupy entire floors – all with unique layouts as dictated by the architecture. Interiors are by Theirry Despont and prices start at £1.9m rising to £45m.
One Hundred East Fifty Third Street
This slender concrete-and-glass skyscraper by Foster + Partners is next door to Mies van der Rohe’s celebrated bronze Seagram Building. Rising 63 storeys, the Midtown tower will have a distinctive pleated facade and house 93 residences, with apartments starting at £2.1m. Residents – who might count power couples Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford and George and Amal Clooney as neighbours – can enjoy a destination restaurant overseen by Joël Robuchon, a concierge service and wellness centre. It’s slated to open in 2017.
SHoP’s Brooklyn Tower
Brooklyn is set to get its first skyscraper, courtesy of JDS Development Group and New York-based architects SHoP. The 1,066-foot-tall residential tower, inspired by Gotham greats like the Rockefeller Centre, will rise up from the Dime Savings Bank, a landmarked Beaux-Arts building in downtown Brooklyn. Super skinny and clad in bronze, blackened stainless steel and marble the tower will contain 500 apartments and won’t be completed until 2019.
565 Broome SoHo
This 30-storey structure with distinctive curved edges is Italian architect Renzo Piano’s first residential Manhattan project. It will house 115 luxury condominiums all with floor-to-ceiling windows, affording city and Hudson River views. Apartments range from studios to duplexes and penthouses and residences can expect the obligatory luxury amenities such as a heated indoor pool, fitness centre and lounge.
Grove at Grand Bay
Miami is currently undergoing a huge construction boom with a host of starchitects designing luxury condominiums in the city. Just completed is the Grove at Grand Bay, a pair of twisting towers in Coconut Grove by Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), best known in the UK for designing the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion. Located on the site of the legendary Grand Bay Hotel, all of the 98 apartments and a penthouses (priced a $28m) have all sold and residents can enjoy views of Biscayne Bay and the newly-developed Regatta Park.
English architect David Chipperfield’s new 32-storey The Bryant for HFZ Capital Group has an elegant aggregate terrazzo facade and houses a hotel on its first 14 floors, with 57 apartments occupying the other 18. There are one to four bedroom residences available and two triplex penthouses.
432 Park Avenue
Rafael Viñoly’s soaring concrete 1,396 tower 432 Park Avenue located between 56th and 57th street, is the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere, offering residents unrivaled views across Manhattan. Interiors for the 106 apartments – many of which are already occupied – are by New York architect Deborah Berke with prices of remaining apartments starting at $16.95m and rising to $44.75m, (the penthouse sold for $95m). Gourmet dining is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt in a restaurant and lounge that encompases the entire 12th floor. Additional amenities include a fitness centre, library, billards room and screening room on the 14th floor, plus a wellness centre and pool on the 16th floor.
UNStudio’s Canaletto tower is in the heart of London’s thriving digital community on City Road, not far from Silicon Roundabout and it’s the first major project for the firm, headed up by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel. The tower’s unique curving facade of aluminium and glass breaks the volume into a series of three-to-five-storey clusters. Each of these clusters are conceived as “individual neighbourhoods in the sky”, with balconies and terraces that afford views of the City of London to the south and the basin waterways to the north. Containing 191 apartments the 743 square metre penthouse is being designed by Waldo Works and is set for completion in spring 2017.
Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have a few residential projects under construction in New York, the Instagram-friendly 56 Leonard Street in TriBeCa, dubbed the “Jenga tower” for its facade of irregularly stacked glass cubes and the curvaceous 160 Leroy, located on the last remaining waterfront plot in Manhattan’s West Village. The latter project is for stellar hotelier-turned-real-estate-developer Ian Schrager and houses 49 apartments priced from $2.5m to $25m. Interiors conceived by Schrager are open plan to suit entertaining and family life with two kitchens in every apartment – the functional “dirty kitchen” and a “sociable” one for dinner parties. It’s set for completion in 2017.
520 West 28th Street
Displaying the signature fluid lines and curves that define architecture by the late, great Zaha Hadid, 520 West 28th Street is the first residential project in New York for the London-based practice Zaha Hadid Architects (No.1 on Dezeen’s Hot List), which is now led by director Patrick Schumacher. Developed by Related the 11-storey building is on the High Line in the West Chelsea arts district and will house 39 apartments with spacious interiors (11-foot ceiling heights) reflecting the sinuous sculptural exterior, prices start at $4,950 rising to a stratospheric £50m for the largest penthouse. Also due for 2017 completion.
250 City Road
Alongside UNStudio’s Canaletto building Foster + Partners are also helping to redraw City Road’s landscape (as Zoe Dare Hall reported previously on the luxification of east London) with their twin tower scheme 250 City Road. It is a Berkeley Group development designed to attract London’s Tech City alongside the financial and corporate crowd who can walk to their City offices in 20 minutes. Housing 800 apartments the scheme will also host cafes, restaurants, shops and a 190-room nhow hotel.
By Bethan Ryder, Telegraph
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