this sign pretty much sums it up.
i know you have to read it backwards, but you'll understand.
that's how turned around i felt once i put it all together.
i know, i know.
i'm not buying anything in new york.
because here's what i learned this past week in the city:
this is a building by an architecture firm
that has just been selected to build GOOGLE's campus,
and i think you can see why.
there's an amazing agression in american architecture these days, particularly in this city, where you see a real fearlessness in design combined with a desire to mix impact with the urban environment, a dialog of sorts. this building in particular is amazing in that it early on acknowledged the explosion of the meatpacking district, where the warehouse old would meet the brand new modernity of retail and restaurant and club. the building virtually predicted the hood.
or, a few blocks away, this:
the "high line" building is literally built above and around an abandoned elevated train line, which the city will be turning into a park. you can see here how the building almost cradles the line beneath it, which will eventually be greened, and turn the floating glass chevron above it into one of the most unique views in the city.
then (see, we're getting to the sign, promise)
richard walked me down bond street,
a little street between soho and the bowery that is just developing.
this is 40 bond:
yep. stunning, right? it's pretty much sold out already, and while it's obviously a high end building, the stories in it are amazing. first, the grille and facade were inspired by new york industrialism and grafitti. you can see it. but let's go closer, shall we?
these? oh these are some strange anodized composite gates. to each individual ground level townhome. yep. that's your private entrance. and one, under construction, gave us a glimpse into the back private garden. just in case you needed it.
oh, look UP:
yes, that's custom blown glass cladding the infrastructure, which gives the building it's greenish liquid feel, and lets it shimmer day and night.
the final straw?
there WAS one apartment left. it was in the back, no real view, and only 1200 square feet. now that's a good size for new york, but let's say you wanted it.
got 5.5 million?
i'm just going to buy a cardboard box and retire early. . .