new york: architectural Heaven
THE Big apple is made for lovers of design. HERE is a delightful itinerary that avoids THE usual suspects
Even a collection of works by celebrated American artists including Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, and Cindy Sherman can sometimes be overshadowed by the beauty of the Whitney Museum of American Art. It’s been a little over two years since the museum opened at its new Renzo Piano-designed building on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, and it’s still so easy to lose yourself as you go from floor to floor viewing collections indoors—and out—all juxtaposed against stunning Hudson River views. A far cry from its former (and fairly compact) premises on the Upper East Side, the new Whitney is a marvel of modern architecture and one that you’ll want to linger in all day. whitney.org
Snagging a reservation at this farm-to-table restaurant in the Flatiron District is an art in itself—but it makes sense, given ABC Kitchen has won the James Beard Award and its excellent fare is served in an airy environment featuring natural woods and 17th-century chandeliers. And here’s the kicker: almost everything you see inside chef Jean-georges Vongerichten’s highend restaurant—from the place settings to those gorgeous Italian chandeliers—can be purchased next door at its sister design store, ABC Home.
The Paris import, famous for its affordable capsule collections, has just opened its first store in New York (in Nolita, to be exact). Anyone who’s designinclined will enjoy popping by the Elizabeth Street location to peep at more than just the clothes. The French-inspired space is part apartment, part boutique, with floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves and plush velvet seating that encourages you to Instagram first, shop next. There’s even a small cafe at the entrance with pastries served up by Soho-based bakery Maman. Each corner is its own intimate design vignette—and one that feels like it’s part of an elegant Parisian home.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Located at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and right in the heart of the newly designed Brooklyn Bridge Park, the 1 Hotel might provide the best skyline views in all five New York City boroughs— and you don’t need a room key to check them out. The 3,475-square-foot rooftop bar is open to all and affords design lovers the opportunity to check out the sustainable, nature-centric hotel (the work of INC Architecture & Design) up close. Once inside, you’ll find a slew of eco-moments and textured details in the midst of reclaimed wood, greenery, and stone. The beauty of the space is its seamless integration with its surrounds—in this case the historical East River wharfs it looks out on.
The US$4 billion World Trade Centre Transportation Hub, which opened in 2016, is the most expensive train station in the world—and possibly the most photographed building in New York. And while it’s easy to gasp at the cost, anyone with an eye for design will also gasp at the centrepiece of the Santiago Calatrava-designed hub: the Oculus, an elliptical dome formed from curved steel ribs rising 50 metres into the air, intended to look like a dove in flight. It’s the scale of the space that makes it so jaw-dropping, not to mention the fact that 50,000 commuters pass through it each day, an architectural masterpiece that’s as functional as it is grandiose.
new Sights Clockwise from left Soaring space at the Oculus; like what you see at ABC Kitchen? You can buy it next door; Sézane in Nolita; phenomenal views of the Hudson River from the Whitney Museum