Was Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park tower inspired by an architect-designed trashcan?

Is 432 Park really a supertall trashcan? (Montage by AN)

Is 432 Park really a supertall trashcan? (Montage by AN)

AN had the unique opportunity to walk around the top floor of the supertall 432 Park Avenue tower, where the full-floor penthouse with a $95 million view of Central Park is nearing completion. A Saudi billionaire, Fawaz Al Hokair, was recently announced as the buyer. Ironically, The Real Deal has reported this week that it was also announced by one of the architects—at a Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance lecture in December—that the Rafael Viñoly design was inspired by, wait for it, a trashcan.

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Degradation by design: artist Sam Falls explores how materials change with the passage of time

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(Courtesy James Ewing/Public Art Fund NY)

(Courtesy James Ewing/Public Art Fund NY)

Time and its degenerating aspect came under scrutiny in a public installation by Los Angeles–based artist Sam Falls. Light Over Time casts everyday outdoor objects such as benches, scales, and seesaws in an experiment of the long-term effects of sunlight, rain, and temperature on diverse materials including painted aluminum, heat-sensitive tiles, and colored glass.

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Peter Marino unveils an unusually restrained High Line condo project

Rendering of the proposed building and the site today. (Courtesy Peter Marino Architect; Google)

Rendering of the proposed building and the site today. (Courtesy Peter Marino Architect; Google)

In the insane race to build more and more luxury condos in New York City, the High Line is staking its claim as the scrappy younger sibling of Billionaire’s Row on 57th Street. The latest addition will be an 8-unit, 47,000 square-foot building by “the leather daddy of luxury,” Peter Marino.

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San Francisco’s “Murmur Wall” installation tells your secrets in public

Murmur Wall by Future Cities Lab  (Photo: Peter Prato Photography)

Murmur Wall by Future Cities Lab. (Peter Prato Photography)

We’ve all heard a lot about “smart cities” and “responsive architecture,” by what about architecture that tells secrets? Murmur Wall, designed by Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno of the experimental design practice Future Cities Lab, does just that. The pair describes their site-specific installation at the main entrance to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in as “artificially intelligent architecture.”

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Snøhetta to launch a new office in Copenhagen with sensory architecture exhibit

Snohetta's Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. (Courtesy Snohetta)

Snohetta’s Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. (Courtesy Snohetta)

Snøhetta, the New York and Oslo–based firm named after Norway’s highest mountain range, is opening an office in Copenhagen. The new space opens on June 18th at the Danish Architecture Centre with an exhibit called World Architecture Snøhetta that invites Danes to come meet the firm.

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Renzo Piano’s plans for a subterranean dinosaur park in England unchanged despite funding flop

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An early sketch by the architect shows a translucent lid over a limestone quarry in Portland, Dorset. (Courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop)

An early sketch by the architect shows a translucent lid over a limestone quarry in Portland, Dorset. (Courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop)

Starchitect Renzo Piano has vowed to soldier on with mega-sized plans for a Jurassica Resort on England’s island of Portland in the English Channel, despite being denied a $24.5 million bid for Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF).

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SANAA selected to design a daylight-filled modern wing for this revered Australian art museum

New gallery space by SANAA. (Courtesy SANAA via Art Gallery of New South Wales.)

New gallery by SANAA. (Courtesy SANAA via Art Gallery of New South Wales.)

Tokyo-based architecture firm SANAA has won an international competition to design a new modern wing for the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The firm beat out the likes of David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano, and Herzog & de Meuron for the commission, know as the “Sydney Modern Project.”

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Qatari officials considering an underwater TV station, among other outlandish pitches, as its $200 billion 2022 World Cup approaches

(Courtesy Arabian Business)

(Courtesy Arabian Business)

Seven years away and already commanding a reported $200 billion budget in preparations, the FIFA World Cup 2022 has Qatari officials deliberating over proposals for an underwater TV station. Los Angeles–based artificial reef and aquarium design firm Reef Worlds is pushing designs for a $30 million underwater broadcast studio which, post–World Cup, will be turned into a public aquarium.

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Why a florist in Detroit filled this abandoned house with flowers

"The Flower House" in Hamtramck, Detroit by florist Lisa Waud. (Heather Saunders Photography)

“The Flower House” in Hamtramck, Detroit by florist Lisa Waud. (Heather Saunders Photography)

Detroit florist Lisa Waud wants to give abandoned homes in her city a chance to bloom once more before they are demolished. Her project, The Flower House, had its trial run this month, when the Huffington Post reported she leaned out the second-story window of an abandoned house overlooking a Detroit freeway, and sprinkled white flower petals on spectators gathered below.

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Zaha Hadid unveils these icicle-inspired chandeliers made from light-catching, curvy fins

"Aria Transparent." (Courtesy ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS & SLAMP)

“Aria Transparent.” (Courtesy ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS & SLAMP)

Zaha Hadid, the starchitect behind this sand-dune inspired headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, a high-design billboard in London, a parametric casino in China, and these uncomfortable-looking high heels, has introduced a new line of lighting fixtures for the Italian lighting company SLAMP.

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High performance facade design is on the rise in Houston, says Jorge Muñoz

HOK's Sysco headquarters building in Houston. (Hequals2henry / Wikimedia Commons)

HOK’s Sysco headquarters building in Houston. (Whisper To Me / Wikimedia Commons)

As founding principal of Muñoz Albin, Jorge Muñoz has a unique global perspective on high performance facade design. Based in Houston, the firm’s earliest projects were located overseas. “In the last 20 plus years, we have worked and continue to work on projects in Western Europe, where there is a tradition of more generous budgets on building envelopes as well as more flexible user and developer demands on efficiency,” said Muñoz.

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IwamotoScott crafted a digitally-fabricated aluminum skin for a Miami Design District parking garage. (Courtesy IwamotoScott)

IwamotoScott crafted a digitally-fabricated aluminum skin for a Miami Design District parking garage. (Courtesy IwamotoScott)

Digitally-fabricated folded aluminum screen animates a utilitarian structure.

In the Miami Design District, even the parking garages are works of art. The recently completed City View Garage is no exception, thanks in part to a folded aluminum facade designed by IwamotoScott.
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