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Empire State Building

Empire State Building's Observatories Open with New Public Entrance

12:00 - 27 August, 2018
Empire State Building's Observatories Open with New Public Entrance, Observatory Entrance Renovation. Image © Evan Joseph for Empire State Realty Trust
Observatory Entrance Renovation. Image © Evan Joseph for Empire State Realty Trust

As part of the first phase in an extensive rebuilding project, the Empire State Building Observatories have a newly renovated entrance. Created by a team of architects and designers, the renovation aimed to transform visitor experience of the Art Deco skyscraper and its history. The 34th Street entrance was renovated for better flow, and to showcase a technology-driven lobby space. The project is the first in a multi-part rebuilding of the tower, which will be completed by late 2019 and include both digital hosts and a new lighting ceremony installation.

Observatory Entrance Renovation. Image © Evan Joseph for Empire State Realty Trust Observatory Entrance Renovation. Image © Evan Joseph for Empire State Realty Trust Observatory Entrance Renovation. Image © Evan Joseph for Empire State Realty Trust Observatory Entrance Renovation. Image © Evan Joseph for Empire State Realty Trust + 7

"New(er) York" Imagines What New York's Historic Structures Would Look Like if Built Today

09:30 - 20 June, 2017
"New(er) York" Imagines What New York's Historic Structures Would Look Like if Built Today, One Wall Street, before and after. Images: left, <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1_Wall_Street_panoramic.jpg'>Via Wikimedia</a> in public domain; right, Courtesy of Hollwich Kushner
One Wall Street, before and after. Images: left, Via Wikimedia in public domain; right, Courtesy of Hollwich Kushner

The New York Times recently reported that over 40% of the buildings on the island of Manhattan wouldn’t be granted construction permits in 2017. Most of the culprits date back to the early 20th century when attitudes towards density, ceiling heights, column placement, and general living standards were different. This begs the question: what would modern iterations of New York’s signature structures look like today? Billed by the practice as “an obsessive-compulsive study of the city we love” HWKN’s New(er) York is a peculiar experiment that tackles this hypothetical.

One Wall Street. Image Courtesy of Hollwich Kushner The Eldorado. Image Courtesy of Hollwich Kushner 214 West 29th Street. Image Courtesy of Hollwich Kushner The Eldorado. Image Courtesy of Hollwich Kushner + 16

SHoP Architects' Super Tall Tower Approved, Sets Precedent for NYC

00:00 - 17 October, 2013
SHoP Architects' Super Tall Tower Approved, Sets Precedent for NYC, © SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

UPDATE: SHoP Architects' ultra-thin, 100-unit apartment tower has now won approval from the New York City Landmarks Commission. Once complete in 2016, the 1,350-foot structure will offer luxury apartments that peer down at the Empire State Building and rise just above the One World Trade Center’s roofline.

When Vishaan Chakrabarti, principal at ShoP Architects, spoke recently of building high-density cities, he meant it.

Renderings from the architecture firm show Manhattan's skyline will soon welcome its newest "super tall" building, a strikingly skinny residential tower rising 411 meters (1,350 feet) on a puny 13 meter (43 feet) wide site just two blocks south of Central Park.

© SHoP Architects © SHoP Architects © SHoP Architects © SHoP Architects + 5