‘waterline square’, a proposed masterplan that encompasses nearly five acres along new york’s hudson river, has announced that rafael viñoly, richard meier, and KPF will each be responsible for designing a luxury residential building on the upper west side of manhattan. situated where midtown meets the upper west side, the trio of towers are being constructed simultaneously, offering future residents a completed neighborhood.

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developed by real estate organization GID, waterline square will include three residential high-rises: ‘one waterline square’ by richard meier & partners, ‘two waterline square’ by kohn pedersen fox associates, and ‘three waterline square’ by rafael viñoly architects. the towers feature outdoor spaces and faceted crowns, and have all been designed by new york-based firms.

 

waterline square brings together three of the world’s most prominent and respected architects to create a world-class destination for residential living,’ said james linsley, president of GID development group. ‘together, we are transforming one of the last remaining waterfront development sites on the upper west side of manhattan, into a new, vibrant neighborhood.  this design and development team has created the most innovative, comprehensive, and cohesive residential experience in new york city.’

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a landscaped park will feature open spaces spanning nearly three acres

 

 

amenities will include more than 100,000 square feet of sports, leisure, and lifestyle amenities, as well as a landscaped park and open spaces spanning nearly three acres. once completed, the park will include tree groves, a lawn, walking paths, a playground, fountains, and waterfalls. construction on waterline square began in 2015, while condominium sales for the development will get underway early next year.

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  • in spite of the ‘humanizing’ general feel, the renders depict a clunky, non-descript architecture that is hard to believe to come from any of the above-mentioned architecture firms. Couldn’t the developers stick to the original Portzamparc scheme and actually use Christian de Portzamparc for at least 2 of the towers, to preserve some of the original master plan idea for this site? The initial scheme showed a subtle transition from a ‘townhouse’-like fabric to high-rise expression, thus creating a sense of local urban intimacy, otherwise completely un-existent in the adjacent developments off-North this site.

    sor pedida says:
  • This seems only slightly better than the banal Trump development in the old railroad yards, and far from the best work of Vinoly, KPF, and Meier. Not to mention its decidedly elitist, exclusionary, anti-urban, unNew York attitude. It could easily fit in an office park anywhere in suburbia.

    Tom Parrett says:

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