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565-Broome-Street-1 When walking through New York, the work of Italian designers goes beyond high-end boutiques (The Scholastic Building via Wiki Commons; 565 Broome Street via Douglas Elliman)
Hudson Square has taken New York’s design and real estate communities by storm, with 565 Broome Soho leading the charge. As Pritzker Prize laureate Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s first residential building in New York, the two-towered design’s glass facade gracefully curves at the corners, is said to take on the color of the weather, and allows residents spectacular skyline and river views. Beneath the flashy facade, it has the distinction of being among Manhattan's first zero-waste residential high-rises.
In addition to spectacular views, all units boast high ceilings, gracious layouts, chef's kitchens, luxe baths, and generous closet space. A double-height attended lobby welcomes residents, and additional amenities include automated parking for purchase, a fitness center with yoga studio, lap pool with steam room and sauna, children’s playroom, and lounge with green wall and library. It has already attracted the likes of tennis star Novak Djokovic and Uber founder Travis Kalanick, and current availabilities start at $2.3 million.
565-Broome-Street-05 565 Broome Street designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop
565-Broome-Street-2 56 Broome interiors via Douglas Elliman
565 Broome Soho may have been Renzo Piano Building Workshop's first Manhattan residential project, but it is by no means the Italian firm's first foray into New York. On the contrary - examples of its work can be seen in some of the city's most noteworthy commercial and cultural institutions. As the Columbus Day parade makes its way up Fifth Avenue, we take a look at notable recent architectural contributions by Italian-born architects.

565-Broadway-1 The Scholastic Building via Gensler

The Scholastic Building, 565 Broadway


Neighborhood: Soho

Architect: Aldo Rossi


To look at the Scholastic Building from the bustling street, it would appear that it has always been in the Soho Cast-Iron Historic District. However, the site went from a one-story garage to a ten-story steel, terra cotta, and stone structure designed by Pritzker Prize laureate Aldo Rossi, who has been described as “a poet who happens to be an architect.” It may have been Mr. Rossi’s first and only New York building, but Landmarks approved the design within an hour of completion. Following his untimely death in 1997, protege Morris Adjmi oversaw the building's design through to opening day.

New York-Times-Building Credit: David Sunberg of Esto

The New York Times Building, 620 Eighth Avenue


Neighborhood: Midtown West

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop


Times Square may have been named after its most famous tenant, but it didn’t take long for The New York Times to outgrow its original space at One Times Square. Nearly a century later, its new headquarters breathed new life into a derelict stretch of Midtown across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The design by Renzo Piano Building Workshop incorporates several environmentally friendly features for increased energy efficiency.

225-Madison-Avenue-1 The Morgan Library entrance and annex courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop/ The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue


Neighborhood: Murray Hill

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop


The Morgan Library and Museum was originally designed to house J.P. Morgan’s private library and art collection, but today serves as a public museum and scholarly research center. When it was time to usher the Classical Revival building by McKim, Meade & White into the 21st century, the museum turned to Renzo Piano. A modernist entrance building isn’t much to look at from street level, but allows for greater organization and exhibition space.

99-Gansevoort-Street-1 The Whitney Museum (Jeff Goldberg of Esto)

The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street


Neighborhood: West Village

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop


After years of trying to expand its landmark building on the Upper East Side, the Whitney Museum of American Art started anew in the Meatpacking District. Five years of construction later, an airy, expansive new structure opened near the southern entrance of the High Line. The design by Renzo Piano Building Workshop offers New York’s largest column-free art gallery space, two stories devoted to the museum’s permanent collection, and an eighth-floor cafe and outdoor terraces overlooking the Hudson River and historic Greenwich Village streets.

Columbia-University-01 The Jerome L. Greene Science Center via Columbia University

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center, Columbia University


Neighborhood: Harlem

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop


Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus is set to transform its section of Harlem, and Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s designs are set to make a statement. The boldest of these is the Jerome L. Green Science Center, which is the largest building Columbia has ever undertaken and the biggest academic science building in New York. The glass-enclosed, sustainably designed building hosts the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, innovative common spaces, an education lab, a community wellness center, and street-level retail and restaurants.
Columbia-University-02 Lenfest Center for the Arts via Columbia University

Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University


Neighborhood: Harlem

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop


Up the street from the Jerome L. Green Science Center, the Lenfest Center for the Arts hosts all sorts of exhibitions, screenings, and symposia, not to mention the Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. The architectural team behind the science center created an eight-story building with soaring ceilings, open and column-less spaces, and careful control of natural light.

Columbia-University-03 The Forum via Columbia University

The Forum, Columbia University


Neighborhood: Harlem

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop


The goal of Columbia’s Manhattanville campus was always to foster a stronger connection between the university and the local community, and the Forum, a 430-seat auditorium, epitomizes that goal by creating a shared meeting space that hosts scholars and thought leaders in all fields. While the auditorium itself needs opaqueness, the offices on top require daylight. The design by Renzo Piano Building Workshop masterfully incorporates both.

45-Park-Place-1 45 Park Place interior renderings via Williams New York

45 Park Place


Neighborhood: Tribeca

Architect: SOMA Architects; interiors by Pietro Lissoni


Architect and designer Pietro Lissoni, best known for his work on projects ranging from yachts to showrooms to products, took his talents to the interiors of a gleaming new Tribeca tower. In an interview with Architectural Digest, he described a desire “to create a space that is elegant and contemporary, while evoking a sense of home.” He has certainly achieved that with high-end materials, nods to the neighborhood, and utmost attention to detail.

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