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Show me the buildings! New York real estate’s hottest renderings of 2017

Renderings bridge the gap between the fantasy in an architect’s mind and the realities of construction in New York. For condominiums and office towers that will actually rise, they showcase a designer’s talent for artful compromise. For projects that ...

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By Kerry Barger | December 19, 2017 02:10PM Clockwise from top left: 320 Wythe Avenue, 45 Park Place, 130 William Street and the Big Bend Renderings bridge the gap between the fantasy in an architect’s mind and the realities of construction in New YorkFor condominiums and office towers that will actually rise, they showcase a designer’s talent for artful compromiseFor projects that will exist only in the imagination however, renderings can ignore the shackles of cost, a developer’s demands, and, in some cases, gravity. This year, builders unveiled a medley of showstopping glassy high-rises, office towers built with new-age materials and lively reimaginings of existing stockHere’s a look at The Real Deal’s collection of some of the hottest. A rendering of the Big Bend (credit: Oiio) The Big Bend What happens when you grab two 432 Park Avenues and stitch them together in horseshoe fashion? The Big Bend, of course! The conceptual tower, which resembles the Gateway Arch in StLouis (or a stemless tuning fork), was dreamed up by architecture firm Oiio. “What if we substituted height with length?” Dezeen mused“What if our buildings were long instead of tall?” A rendering of Central Park Tower Central Park Tower A new set of renderings for Extell Development’s project –– the priciest condominium in New York history – surfaced earlier this month — including one featuring a posh blonde and an even posher poochThe main event, however, is the above rendering, which positions Gary Barnett’s 1,550-foot-tall tower at 217 West 57th Street among the other towers on Billionaires’ Row. Angela Ahrendts stands before a rendering of Apple Store Fifth Avenue’s renovation (credit: Getty) Apple Store Fifth Avenue Let there be light: In September, Apple’s Angela Ahrendts revealed a new look for the iconic glass cube that sits atop the company’s Fifth Avenue flagshipThe redesign, now underway, includes skylights embedded into the sidewalk, which let the sun’s rays dance into the subterranean space. Renderings of 666 Fifth Avenue (credit: Zaha Hadid Architects) 666 Fifth Avenue Kushner Companies’ proposed redevelopment of 666 Fifth Avenue grabbed headlines not just for its $12 billion valuation and its courting of foreign investors, but also for going full-tilt on the phallic imagery. The Zaha Hadid Architects-designed tower would add 40 floors to the original office building, rising to a height of 1,400 feet. Kushner Companies is yet to lock in the capital for the project, however, so it’s unclear if it will ever come to fruition. A rendering of 50 West 66th Street (credit: Binyan Studios) 50 West 66th Street Another Extell project landed on this year’s roundup, thanks to Snøhetta’s design for this 775-foot limestone and bronze building set to rise at 50 West 66th StreetExtell recently tripled the height of the tower after shelling out $202 million for air rightsThe project, however, isn’t winning over the entire neighborhood. A rendering of 45 Park Place (credit: Williams New York) 45 Park Place Sharif El-Gamal’s Soho Properties offered this sneak peek of 45 Park Place in February, a 43-story condo tower that will rise 665 feet over TribecaThe teaser site included renderings of the building’s interiors, which are designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni, but also this one of the tower’s facade at sunsetMichel Abboud’s SOMA Architects is designing the building. A rendering of the Getty (credit: MARCH) The Getty There are a lot of ostentatious projects in the works for Manhattan, so it’s refreshing to see a more subtle approach taken at Victor Group and Michael Shvo’s High Line-hugging condo projectThe boutique condominium was conceived by the leather-loving Peter Marino, who envisioned a mix of metal and glass for the building’s facadeWho knew it used to be a Getty gas station? Renderings of 30 East 31st Street (credit: The Neighbourhood) 30 East 31st Street Ekstein Development Group and Pinnacle Group launched sales at their Morris Adjmi-designed condo while debuting a slew of new renderings, including new look at the building’s glassy, geometric facadeNotable are the shots of the common areas, which show how the rectangle and triangle-shaped windows add extra pizzazz to the interiors. 130 William Street (Renderings via Lightstone) 130 William Street Lightstone Group unveiled its design for 130 Williams Street in the Financial District just last weekThe facade of the 800-foot condo tower, conceived by British architect David Adjaye, will be made entirely of concrete, a design technique employed at the city’s tallest residential tower, 432 Park Avenue. 320 and 360 Wythe Avenue (credit: Flank) 320 and 360 Wythe Avenue Though New York City isn’t quite ready for a timber tower, architecture and development firm Flank is taking a stab at a pair of office buildings made entirely of woodThe two structures being planned for 320 and 360 Wythe Avenue in South Williamsburg will be composed of an extremely dense type of mass timber, which strengthens the material and makes it fire-resistantThe firm is billing them as the first wooden structures to be built in the city in nearly a century. Annalema Tower (credit: Cloud Architecture Office) Analemma Tower Many of the above renderings may seem out of this world, but here’s one that actually isNew York-based Clouds Architecture Office conceived a design that would suspend the world’s tallest tower from an orbiting asteroidThat’s right, an orbiting asteroidResidents of Analemma Tower would then parachute down to Earth to come and go as they pleasePretty far out, to say the least. Tags: 45 park place, 666 fifth avenue, Architecture and Design, Central Park Tower Short URL #mc_embed_signup .mc-field-group input { } #mc_embed_signup .mc-field-group{ min-height:0px; } #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. 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