Dream Home

Posted: April 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Dream Home

I’ve changed my mind.  I know where I want to live now.

(Caveat: I love Phoenix, and I’d only move for a killer job or another great city.)

Recently I mentioned the new Libeskind-designed development in Singapore, and that got me looking into his work more, and in so doing, I found this beauty:

The New York Tower project is a proposal for a residential tower at One Madison Avenue, overlooking Madison Square Park in Manhattan.  The design features a series of spiraling gardens extending the green of Madison Square along the facade of the tower.  The tower is set back from its neighbors – maintaing views and maximizing light and air.

I do love Madison Square Park.  The Flatiron building is right there, so’s Shake Shack.  The Empire State building is easy walking distance away, and the neighborhood is pretty much right between Midtown, the Village and the Financial District.  I think the only neighborhood I liked more was Washington Square Park, and that’s because I’m nostalgic about NYU.

But back to the building above:

The shape and contours of it make it stand out in stark comparison to it’s surroundings, and while some might think it clashes, I love it.

The colors, the integration of greenery, the openness…

I think this building could represent the best of our we strive to be in our time.  With any luck, it could last just as well as the Empire State building does, as a landmark of it’s time and what we wanted to accomplish.

(This is Day 14 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge, be sure to check out the other participants at #30DayBC)


Whoa: I want to live somewhere like this!

Posted: April 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Whoa: I want to live somewhere like this!

Let me first say, I’m a big fan of Daniel Libeskind’s work.  After having read his autobiography in 2004, I started looking more and more at his buildings.  While I still greatly admire the work of Gehry, Libeskind’s book cemented the concept of organic buildings and cities in my mind.  Plus, a lot of press about Gehry is often only about Gehry, where as Libeskind is usually in connection to something; the new World Trade Center, the Holocaust Museum, promoting other architects, etc.

So when I saw this piece on INHABITAT the other day, I was understandably blown away by how great it looks.  Sure, it’s in Singapore, so I’ll never live there, but I really wish Phoenix, and the people with the money to develop Phoenix, would throw their weight behind projects more like this and less like the “condo-conversions” craze of a decade ago.

Give me buildings with style, no more glass boxes.  Thanks

(This is Day 11 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge, be sure to check out the other participants at #30DayBC)