HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008
from: afterrabbit, midori mizu, s-uper-chii
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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.
Welcome to the Party Award
3) The husband-and-wife team of avant-gardists at Asymptote are no strangers when it comes to New York, but their first residential building at 166 Perry Street was greeted with all the pomp and circumstance of a visit by the pope.
2) 40 Bond was revealed in '06, but the Noho newbie from Swiss masters Herzog and de Meuron made its splashy entrance in '07. And, oh, those grills! Not a bad first effort.
1) International architecture star Shigeru Ban is famous for building things out of paper, but his first NYC project is a small tower of bodegas. Very expensive bodegas. Metal Shutter Mania captured us all.
The Crystal Island will be Lord Foster’s second large scale project in the Russian capital, and his third new building design that resembles a volcano. Although many people are calling this design the ‘Christmas Tree’ of Moscow - we can’t help but be reminded of the utopian and also rather volcanic X-Seed 4000 design for Tokyo. Unlike that pipe-dream project, however, Foster has a track record of getting buildings built, so the likelihood is high that we will see this striking structure towering over the Kremlin within 5 years time. (to find out more..)
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