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The Best New Architecture In NYC 2016

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Updated: 13 September 2016
New York City is often referred to as a concrete jungle, so it’s no surprise that there is some incredible architecture in the city. From classics like the Chrysler Building to new projects yet to be constructed, NYC is constantly being built up and on top of itself with truly stunning works of art. From apartment buildings to public spaces, here are some of our favorite structures that have come to life in the past year, demonstrating function and beauty in equal measure.

World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Designed by Santiago Calavtrava, the rebuilding of the WTC transportation hub – with its 250,000 daily commuters – has been a long, ongoing process, but the final stages of the “oculus” were completed in August, 2016. With world-class shopping and dining, the Oculus is a truly unique space.

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Via 57 West

Via 57 West is a new residential building on 57th street designed by Bjarke Ingel, featuring a striking asymmetrical, pyramid-like shape that makes it an intriguing beacon for streetside spectators. Referred to as a ‘courtscraper’ for its mix of design elements, including a European façade with a courtyard and traditional NYC skyscraper details, its Hudson River includes stunning views. The 709 residencies will be available for purchase soon, and the building’s gardens, environmentally friendly structures, gym, and sundeck make it a modern and desirable place to live.

Via 57 West
Via 57 West | © Wikipedia Commons

BAM South

Designed by Enrique Norten, BAM South is a multi-purpose building helping to transform Downtown Brooklyn into a modern, cultural hub. The base of the building is a series of outdoor terraces intended to help foster community engagement. They’re designed to minimize traffic noise, and will allow for events such as farmer’s markets, film screenings, and performances. The first few floors will house community and cultural tenants (like art organizations and a branch of the Brooklyn Public library), and above will be affordable housing.

53rd Street Library

This new branch of the New York Public Library opened in June, and it’s a welcome culture and community hub in a neighborhood known for sterile, concrete facades. The space is mostly subterranean, but Enrique Norten (the architect) made it his mission to make it feel open and light. Its main room is an amphitheater, featuring inviting felt cushions on oak bleachers. There is also a laptop bar, 381 outlets, and visitors are allowed to bring lunch, so if you’re in the neighborhood it promises to be a welcome reprieve.

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152 Elizabeth Street

At 152 Elizabeth Street, Japanese architect Tadao Nado is creating a glass and concrete building that will bring Japanese aesthetics to Nolita in Manhattan. The structure will consist of seven light and minimalist condos, with the architect stating his intention of creating something that ‘only a Japanese person can do.’ The neighborhood doesn’t yet have many modern, minimal structures, so his building promises to be a unique sight.

50 West Street

This 64-story building with 191 condos has taken years to get moving, but the doors of 50 West Street will open to future residents this Fall. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy it’s been rethought and redesigned, and its new plan includes a generator and a lobby at a higher elevation. Architect Helmut Jahn is behind the design, with famed designer Thomas Juul-Hansen responsible for the interiors, and the building is a signifier of the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.

30 Park Place

Designed by architect Robert Stern – who has multiple projects in New York City – 30 Park Place is a luxury building in downtown Manhattan that will also house a Four Seasons Hotel. Like many of the other buildings in this neighborhood, it’s a signal that the Financial District is changing and becoming a more desirable place to live, and 30 Park Place’s high ceilings, swimming pool, steam rooms, and more certainly make it desirable.

30 Park Place
30 Park Place | © Wikipedia Commons

Jardim

This 11-story development on the High Line in Chelsea, Manhattan, will emphasize gardens (as the name would suggest). Designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, Jardim will interweave outdoor spaces throughout its 36 condominiums, and even the indoor living areas are designed to be extensions of the outdoors. The building’s small scale means many residences will occupy full floors and have private elevators, and all will have access to green space.