A tower of jagged and jutting glass-faced apartments, â€œstackedâ€ nearly 800 feet high, will rise like a giant game of Jenga over Tribeca.
The Alexico Group, developers of the $650 million project at 56 Leonard Street, at the corner of Church Street, released renderings of the long-anticipated designs. It is the first residential tower by the celebrated architecture firm of Herzog & de Meuron, whose work includes the redesign of Londonâ€™s Tate Modern museum and the Beijing National Stadium in China.
The Switzerland-based architecture firm breaks down the old image of the high-rise as a sleek, hermetically sealed urban object to propose instead a thoughtful and daring new alternative – the iconic American skyscraper re-envisioned as a pixelated vertical layering of individually sculpted, graceful private residences opening to the atmosphere.
56 Leonard Street will be a 57-story residential condominium building in the Tribeca Historic District of downtown Manhattan, where it will rise above cobbled streets and historic 19th century neighbors. The tower will house 145 residences, each with its own unique floor plan and private outdoor space, in a veritable cascade of individual homes that the architects describe as “houses stacked in the sky,” blending indoors and outdoors seamlessly together.
The buildingâ€™s 145 condominiums, due for completion in fall, 2010, will be priced from $3.5 million to $33 million.
Developer Izak Senbahar claimed he is confident that they will sell, despite Wall Street woes and the downturn in the economy. â€œItâ€™s a big world,â€ he said, â€œand thereâ€™s a lot of money in the world, still.â€
The Olympics opening ceremonies in Beijing was probably the most amazing opening of a ceremony, or opening of anything, that we have ever seen! Some 15,000 performers and 30,000 fireworks launched most expensive Games on record!
The Beijing Olympic games is set to be the most expensive ever held, with total costs around 295 billion yuan ($43.13 billion) – a city administration spokesman (Liu Zhi) said on Monday.
The money spent is made up of operational fund, venue construction costs and infrastructure costs. 19 world class venues have been built, including the Birdâ€™s Nest Stadium now featured on the nationâ€™s 10 yuan note (limited edition), plus infrastructure projects such as the Capital Airportâ€™s Terminal 3, the worldâ€™s largest building.
The road and subway network has been greatly expanded while pocket parks, sometimes with stunning plant sculptures have been created.
The stadium has been dogged by controversy, as 6,000 homes were demolished to make way for it and there were claims that 10 people died in accidents during the four years it has taken to build. The Beijing authorities have relocated more than a million people to facilitate these construction projects.
Yet another concept vehicle hailing from Beijing is this unnamed car that enables the coupeâ€™s body to rotate with the course of travel in the same way as a motorbike does when rounding a curve to compensate centrifugal strength.
The purpose is to ensure everything inside the cargo stays in place when the car rolls the streets.
Designed and developed by Huiwen Ji, this car is supposed to target the Chinese middle-class. No word on price and availability yet.
After 4 years the Beijing Airport -currently the biggest one in the world- is finished, just in time for the 2008 Olympics.
The new Terminal 3, built at a cost of $3.5 billion usd is the first building to break the one million square meter barrier : it will accommodate an estimated 50 million passengers per annum by 2020.
And yeah, from the air, the new airport looks like a giant guitar !
Find out more about Beijing Airport on Archdaily
Louis Vuitton is always bringing new innovative ideas to the luxury goods market : starting on June 16th for $17 you can experience â€œitâ€™s most affordable travel-themed product yetâ€.
The French luxury giant has created MP3 audio guides for three Chinese cities, with one-hour walking tours narrated by famous actresses: Gong Li for Beijing, Joan Chen for Shanghai and Shu Qi for Hong Kong.
The audio guides were produced in collaboration with Soundwalk and will be launched in tandem with the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer.
You will be able to download the audio guides at louisvuitton.com and louisvuittonsoundwalk.com.
Via stylefrizz / nitrolicious
The Morgan Plaza is a super-luxury 7 star hotel under construction in Beijing, China. Although it was set to be finished last monthâ€™s, there has been no official confirmation of it completion yet but it definitely going to be completed in time for the Beijing Olympics.
When completed it is rumoured to be possibly more luxurious than the Burj Al Arab and has been considered to be the official landmark of China, still in competition with the Shanghai World Financial Center.
The plaza will contain two pavilions, a temple, the worldâ€™s best Japanese restaurant and a 600 meter long corridor – Overseaspropertymall.
One Beijing-based billionaire has splashed out a record $500,000 on 27 bottles of red wine, London-based Antique Wine Company said on Saturday.
The anonymous Chinese entrepreneur bought a mix of vintages of Romanee Conti, a Burgundy wine and considered to be among the world’s most exclusive with only 450 cases produced each year.[…]
“It is the highest price that has ever been achieved for a single lot,” Managing Director Stephen Williams of the London- based Antique Wine Company told Reuters on Saturday.
“I don’t think he has bought this as an investment — he has bought it to drink,” he added. “The fine wine industry is completely immune from the global credit crunch.”
The latest product to tie in to the Beijing Olympics coming up this august is the Voila Beijing Dream. The elaborated cage like design of the watch mimics the National Stadium (also called the Birds Nest) that will hold the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics.
The watch is available with a stainless steel or gold plated case with a strap of Chinese silk brocade. It comes set with .23 carats of diamonds or .72 carats and prices range from 1,490 to 2,190 euros.
China has officially taken the wrapping off its National Aqautics Center, nicknamed the “Water Cube”, which resembles a gigantic box of bubble-wrap.
Designed by a joint Chinese-Australian consortium, the center is one of two iconic structures constructed for the Beijing Olympics this year.
It stands alongside the 91,000 seater National Stadium, more affectionately known as “Bird’s Nest”.
Work on the Water Cube began at the end of 2003 at an estimated cost of US$100 million, and took three years to complete.