These Five Fab NYC Buildings Just Scooped Up Best Development Awards For The State
Best In Show. Buildings these days are doing a lot more than offering shelter and making their investors money.
Innovation, sustainability and helping the neighborhood. Yes, there are people that judge buildings on more than how much money they’ll make their owners. Those people are the Urban Land Institute New York, an offshoot of the D.C.-based nonprofit research group for real estate professionals. They have been busy analyzing new buildings in NY state based on the aforementioned criteria. Out of 50 submissions, five New York buildings became winners in their second annual awards for excellence in development.
Here are the winning NYC buildings:
Architect: GKV Architects
Designers: MBDS (Hotel Interior Design), Thomas Juul-Hansen (Residential Interior Design)
There’s nothing modest about the price—$500 a night, but then the conversion is, in places breathtaking. Here are the highlights:
- A stunning 9-storey atrium that is airy, glamorous and probably extremely costly.
- A French restaurant, Augustine, run by Keith McNally and another eatery, Fowler and Wells run by Tom Colicchio.
- An adjacent residential tower which houses mechanicals for the Tower as well as 67 homes. Good for the restaurant biz and wonderful for preserving the hotel’s architecture with unseemly cables pipes ducts and more.
Excellence in Institutional Development
The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground, Rossville
Owner/Developer: New York City School Construction Authority
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
A school that’s greener than an Irish field of wheatgrass, the Kathleen Grimm elementary school, named after the late deputy chancellor, is proud to be the city’s first “net zero” education facility. Opened in 2015 it features a wind turbine, geothermal heating and cooling along with solar panels to power the 68,000 – square foot building. Even the students chip in to the energy production, pedaling stationary bikes in the gym with their wattage displayed on a screen. A roof top greenhouse educated children on how to grows fruits and vegetables.
Excellence in Office Development
Owner/Developer: Edward J. Minskoff Equities Inc.
Architects: Fumihiko Maki and Associates, Adamson Associates International, Thomas Balsley Associates
12 storey’s and 400,000-square feet of earth lovin’ tree huggin’ environmental goodness. This urban building has not just one but two green roofs. Inside is a public plaza and retail.
Excellence in Housing Development
Developers: Dunn Development Corp., L+M Development Partners, Inc., IMPACCT Brooklyn
Architects: FXFOWLE Architects, Curtis+Ginsberg Architects, Architecture in Formation, Rader+Crews Landscape Architecture
This property may have been built on a former federal prison across from the Brooklyn Navy but once inside, you’ll be in no hurry to leave. The the eco-friendly Navy Green project occupies almost a full city block with a mix of 433 affordable and market-rate apartments in four buildings and 23 single-family townhouses organized around a 32,000-square-foot common courtyard with a playground and big grassy lawn. Throw retail into the mix and residents will be begging for extended sentences.
Excellence in Civic Space
Owner/Developer: Trust for Governors Island
Architect: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
The hills on Governor’s Island consist of former buildings which were demolished, mixed with general fill, pumice, earth and presumably topped with copious amounts of grass seed and plants, to rise seventy feet into the air. Green and resplendent with a scenic Lower Manhattan views.
Governor’s Island was once a rarely visited and desolate. Now it’s welcoming to tourists, bikers and picnickers. Not a bad way to dispose of construction debris.