When it comes to a city that provides an incredible landscape of breathtaking and unique buildings, New York is certainly at the top of the list in that regard. From skyscrapers that dominate the skyline to timelessly stylish museums, there is something aesthetically pleasing at every turn in the ‘Big Apple’.
While landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building will always be amongst the must-visit structures in New York, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t other architectural feats worth making a note of before travelling to the city. In fact, eye-catching constructions frequently pop up despite its dense population. So, with that said, here are four fantastic modern examples of architecture in New York.
VIA 57 West
When thinking about an apartment complex, you’d probably picture it as a drab cement block that only serves as a place for people to reside. Well, that is not the case with VIA 57 West. Yes, it is a residential building – but it’s also much more than that. The brainchild of Bjarke Ingels Group, VIA 57 West is a 32-story building that takes on a pyramid-like shape. So much so, that when you look at panoramic shots of the city, your eyes will most likely be drawn to its unique beauty rather than the traditional high-rise buildings that occupy New York.
The Residences at PS186
Although it is currently another residential building, The Residences at PS186 possesses a rather distinct history. First built in 1903, the property started as an elementary school in New York’s Harlem. Sadly the structure had become a dilapidated, former shadow of its self in recent years. That was until Dattner Architects took on the job of revitalizing the structure, turning it into The Residences at PS186. Now the interior provides approximately 80 attractive apartments, while the exterior was restored with care to promote its Italian Renaissance Revival style – an original aspect of the building. It’s not fresh in terms of external appearance, but it shows that modern design can combine old and new with excellent results.
Designed by the much-loved celebrity architect Peter Marino, the Hublot – which is one of the luxury watchmaker’s branches in New York – is a new shining light on the city’s historic Fifth Avenue. The external design of the building is decked out with hundreds of angled, black aluminum panels that create a striking look. The high-end, contemporary interior of this boutique store is also well worth exploring for its architectural beauty.
Spring Street Salt Shed
The Spring Street Salt Shed is a prime example of when functionality meets architectural brilliance. As its name implies, the structure is built to hold salt. Although its practicality doesn’t end there – the building features 35-foot high doors and an ‘angle of repose’, the latter of which places the salt in a natural slanted position which helps with transport. As for what you will see of the Spring Street Salt Shed, its exterior design resembles a grain of salt. That is, if the grain rose to 70-foot tall!