Harlem Supertall

Imagine if Harlem had supertalls, the way that 57th Street has. The view, for example, for those who could afford it, would be amazing:

For more on tall, tall, tall buildings, check out the Museum of the Skyscraper:


down in Battery Park.

The exhibit on building height, contextualizes NYC in the context of ambitious global cities that have far outstripped NYC in building outlandishly tall buildings:

The exhibit, appropriately named SUPERTALL! is an international survey of superlative towers featuring projects that have been completed since 2001, are under construction, or are expected to top out by 2016. This recent generation of giants, generally 100 stories or higher, represents a new paradigm of slender mixed-use towers that explore innovative approaches in engineering, curtain-wall and construction technologies, energy efficiency and sustainability, and concepts of vertical communities.

To distinguish the rarified air of the super- from the merely very tall, the Museum made the benchmark 380 meters/ 1,250 feet-the height of the Empire State Building-rather than the common standard of 300 meters. Worldwide, 48 projects measure up, including six towers of 600 meters or taller, six of 500+ meters, and twenty-four exceeding 400 meters. The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, rises 828 meters/ 2,717 feet above the sands of Dubai. It will hold the record for at least five years- the typical time it takes to construct a supertall.

Note in the visualization below, how many supertall buildings there were in 2007 (left side), and on the right, how many popped up by 2011, a decade ago.

A Harlem Rental with Robotic Furniture?

OK, so the photo below looks kind of normal, except for the ropes or whatever, from the ceiling unit?

But 6 Square Feet reports that all that furniture can then be levitated up, to clear out the room:

The copy reads:

East Harlem rental The Smile is noteworthy for a lot of things–its design by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a fitness center with spa-like amenities, and the rooftop complete with a plunge pool, multiple whirlpools, and an outdoor movie theater. And now, a handful of its units have further bragging rights, as they’ve been outfitted with a modular furniture system by Bumblebee Spaces. Using a robotic system that’s affixed to the ceiling, the bed, desk, and storage elements can all be easily summoned or stowed-away into the ceiling. The unit is actually asking $3,550 a month, but with four months free on a 16-month lease, the net effective rent is $2,662.

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