I recently had the opportunity to visit New York City after three and a half years. The number of new bold architectural jewels that sprout out within this relatively short period is truly staggering. The levelling effect of the grid allows each unique and bold piece to roam free without a care. Here are some impressions:
Despite not not being a Calatrava fan, it is hard not to be impressed with the scale of his oculus downtown working relatively well as it's meant to function as a singular space. Still the ends of the repetitive elements that structure the space is dissapointing. The auxiliary space for access to PATH was a pleasant surprise. The 'wings' disruption of the streets' relentless alignment also adds further interest to the project in my opinion.
Herzog & de Meuron's new addition to the skyline reveals the clever repetition of its many floors as one gets closer.
BIG's west 57 is impressive. It boldly breaks the mold within developer projects although the limitations (realities!) within construction quality is visible even to me.
I liked the new Whitney museum overall. However even though I respect the dialogue with the old one still I wish there was a main staircase inside. The ones outside at the terraces are the best!
Vinoly is insane and somewhat of a sore thumb at the moment in certain views of the skyline. Still there is something appealing within its suspicious proportions.
DS+R 's medical building at Columbia university felt like they finally built the eyebeam. Reminiscent of many student projects from that time. Nice scale and details at first glance. I'm personally curious about the GRC facade in time.
Finally Zaha. Despite general criticism of her work the facade of 520 W 28th street under construction looks well built and well resolved under many practical constraints. And it is well seductive. Wish she could see it complete.