Whew, 2007 was a wild one, wasn't it? To honor the insanity that crept into all matters neighborhoodish and real estatey, we present the Fourth Annual Curbed Awards. This year, the awards will be presented in small batches through Monday. Today, we tackle the year in architecture.
Herewith, the top 10 architectural renderings that most blew our minds, for better or for worse (though, let's face it, mostly for the latter) in 2007. We'll have our favorite renderings from larger urban planning-type projects in a couple days.
10) Architect Harry H. Hong's awesomely nondescript design for the corner of Delancey and Forsyth Streets on the Lower East Side [more].
9) Skidmore, Owings and Merril's 59-story condo tower planned for 250 East 57th Street. Talk about triangulation [more].
8) Steven Holl's Towering S, which will somehow interact with the part of the High Line that's suspended above 10th Avenue at 30th Street. If they don't tear that part down [more].
7) The Box in Harlem on 125th Street. Really speaks for itself, no? Someone save us a south-facing office here, mmkay? [more].
6) The pencil-like tower One Madison Park. A small taste of the Upper East Side, now conveniently within reach of the Flatiron Building [more]!
5) Jean Nouvel's 75-story gallery/hotel/condo tower for the site next to the MoMa creates an entirely new MomaVerse. As then, as now, mind=blown [more].
4) Ah, the JPMorgan Chase building slated for Site 5 of the World Trade Center site—or, as it's known round these parts, the Tower of Darkness. Rise, massive shadow-inducing cantilever, rise [more]!
3) The forthcoming W Hotel on West 124th Street in Harlem, notable for so many hideous reasons, not least that they're encasing a poor old carriage house in the middle of that thing [more].
2) The Battery Maritime Building is a charming waterfront relic at the southern tip of Manhattan. How to usher it into the 21st century? By dropping a glassy, five-story boutique hotel addition on top of it, of course [more]
1) C'mon, you knew it had to be furniture designer Vladimir Kagan's miracle scheme for 56 Great Jones Street in Noho. If this thing actually gets built, we're betting on peace in the world in 2008 [more].