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.

For the full set of photos, see:

The Smile, Exposed

It’s an interesting look for a new building, exposed concrete.

The Smile – the new apartment building on East 126th between 3rd and Lexington – has a model apartment with exposed concrete in the bedroom, hallway, and livingroom.

The glossy floors (white) are Quartzline monolithic resin floors. If you’re curious on how you make pour/create a resin floor:

For more on The Smile, see: https://www.6sqft.com/new-looks-for-bjarke-ingels-designed-east-harlem-rental-the-smile/


The Smile

New images and marketing material from The Smile. Luxury at Lex/126.

The design of the building slopes inward as it rises upward, providing great views of the Harlem River and Manhattan skyline. The cantilevering footprint over 125th Street allows for a mix of apartment sizes layouts, while the facade’s interlocking checkerboard pattern gives every unit floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The homes rise above and beyond the Gotham Retail Plaza, cantilevering over to 125th street as it captures the views and sunlight from the south,” Ingels said in a statement. “The Smile is designed for the desires of Harlem’s residents of today – joining the diverse Harlem neighborhood, integrating wellness amenities and offering generous roof gardens.”

The Smile will officially launch leasing this summer, led by Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing. According to a new teaser site, availabilities include $2,299/month studios, $2,795/month one-bedrooms, and $3,814/month two-bedrooms, with concessions of up to 3 months free rent on a 15-month lease.