Although it's unclear whether or not his designs will be used, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc has released new renderings for the Riverside Center megaproject on his website, which NY YIMBY spotted. The megaproject was originally conceived by developing giant Extell as five towers, all designed by de Portzamparc in his signature glassy and angular style. However, once the project had won approval from the city the starchitect's designs were switched out (and most would say downgraded) after the rights to develop the first tower were won by the Dermot Company instead of Extell. Now, construction on that tower has been halted due a dispute with the owner of an adjacent site over the placement of a crane, and the fate of the other four towers — who is going to develop them, who is going to design them, timeframes, etc. — is still up in the air. De Portzamparc's posting of the renderings could bode well for at least some of the buildings, though. And if it doesn't, the renderings may end up as an interesting artifact of what could have been.
· New Renderings: Riverside Center's Portzamparc Plan [NY YIMBY]
· Riverside City Center [Christian de Portzamparc]
· Riverside Center coverage [Curbed]