In this post we selected some of our favorite buildings in the city. At DE LA SOL HOME we could be talking all day about architecture and extend this list endlessly but we kept it simple, still entertaining. We realized sometimes we walk the City without truly appreciating the history behind those places we walk by everyday.
We had fun putting this blog post together, we hope you enjoy our selection!
- Carnegie Hall
Commissioned by Andrew Carnegie and designed architect William Burnet Tuthill, Carnegie Hall opened in 1981. It is a national historic landmark and cultural center with its remarkable architecture design and incredible legacy. "Carnegie Hall’s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists and audiences," (Carnegie Hall). The building has three different performance spaces: The Main Hall / Isaac Stern Auditorium that seats 2,804 people in five levels; the Zankel Hall with 599 seats arranged in two levels; and the Weill Recital Hall, with 268 seats. The Main Hall hosted the performances of the New York Philharmonic from 1892 to 1962.
Even though the Roof Terrace was included in the original plans by architect Burnet Tuthill, this couldn’t be accomplished during construction in the 19th Century. In 2014, the Weill Terrace was completed. The 10,000 square foot green roof, thought for public use, has trees, decorative stone, seating area and lighting features. The construction of this terrace lead the Carnegie Gall to achieve the LEED Silver certification for its energy-efficient and environmental design, as well as compliance with the NYC Green Buildings Law.
Music plays a great part of Sole’s life. Every aspect of her life is influenced by this art. For this reason, the Carnegie Hall is one of our chosen buildings in this architectural curation of the city. Another reason why we love the building is because of its eco-friendly initiative with the incorporation of the terrace. At DE LA SOL we embrace Green Buildings and sustainable practices.
- The Hotel Chelsea
The Hotel Chelsea was designed by architect Philip Hubert and built in 1884 as a co-operative apartment building. Hubert believed communal living across economic classes. For this reason, he designed diverse living quarters inside the building: small working-class flats, luxury grand residences, painter’s studios, and common areas - roof garden, restaurant, where they all met. Even though this idea failed, the hotel was the tallest building unit 1899. In 1905 it reopened as a hotel.
Known to painters, writers, filmmakers and musicians, it was the most freestyle and cheapest place to stay in the city. The Hotel Chelsea was the nourishing place where free spirits and creativity flourished. In 1966 the building has been a designated New York City landmark, due to its “special character, special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City.” A few years later, in 1977, it was designated by the National Register of Historic Places.
We consider The Hotel Chelsea to be more than a building, more like a living legend. Here Hotel Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road (1957); Bob Dylan penned Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (1965); Madonna photographed her book Sex (1992); Leonard Cohen composed Chelsea Hotel #2 (about Janis Joplin); Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: An Space Odyssey; and Arthur Miller recovered from split with Marilyn Monroe. And if those walls would speak...since people like Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Allen Ginsberg, Iggy Pop, Brendan Behan, Simone de Beauvoir, Tennessee Williams, Stanley Kubrick, Dee Dee Ramone, Jackson Pollock – they all slept at The Chelsea Hotel.
We relate de bohemian vibe of the hotel with the one of DE LA SOL Home. Products such as our Sefed Plate, our Baskets and the texture of our Additri Throw translates us to this emblematic building. Also, the hotel hosted and was home for some of Sole’s favorite artists of all times.
- 520 w 28th St
The architect of 520 w 28th St is DE LA SOL Home founder’s favorite architect of all times: Zaha Hadid. Described by The Guardian in London as the ‘Queen of the curve’, the Iraqi-British architect won multiple awards during her lifetime. In 2015 she was the first women to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Hadid’s style was founded in her mathematics and architectural background. She mastered architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity. Hadid was architect of architectural master pieces such as Serpentine Gallery, in London, Port House in Belgium, Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, Innovation Tower in Hong Kong, and Vilnius Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Lithuania, among many others.
520 w 28th St, also known as Zaha Hadid Building, is an architectural icon in New York. This was one the last buildings she designed before her death. The building is L- shaped, featuring laser-cut stainless steel trim. Hadid’s futurist design is unique, no one building along the High Line park can equal the design of this one. The building is unless anything else in New York, period.
- 8 Spruce Street
8 Spruce Street, also known as Beekman Tower, is a 76-story skycraper designed by architect Frank Gehry. The building is the one of the tallest residential towers in the world, and it was the tallest residential tower in the Western hemisphere at the time of its opening, February 2011. Today the highest residential tower is Rafael Vignoly’s 432 Park Avenue.
This building is special for us at DE LA SOL, as Gehry is our founder’s second favorite architect. Awarded countless awards and recognitions, Gehry was the architect of legendary buildings such as Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Caza Danzante in Praga, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, among others.
- Bank of America Tower
Designed by COOKFOX Architects, the Bank of America Tower was finished in 2009. It is considered the fourth tallest building in New York, and the sixth tallest building in the United States. But most outstanding, this building is known for being one of the most efficient and ecologically friendly buildings in the world. The Bank of America Tower is the first skyscraper designed to attain a Platinum LEED Certification. It exploits the following aspects of a green building:
- - Building Form - Tall and very visible, the shape of the building is thought to create benefits. For instance, the most striking feature of the building is the sloping exterior walls that chamfer the corners. Facing the sky and the sun, the sloped walls admit more sunlight into the interior spaces, and are more effective in capturing rainwater for collection and use.
- - Energy Conservation - The building uses techniques such as floor-to-ceiling insulated glazing to contain heat and maximize natural light, as well as an automatic daylight dimming system.
- - Water Conservation - The building featured a system that captures rainwater for reuse.
- - Materials and Resources - Bank of America states that the building is made largely of recycled and recyclable materials. The building is constructed using concrete manufactured with slag cement. The use of this cement, reduces damage to the environment by decreasing the amount of cement needed for the building, which in turn lowers the amount of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas produces through the normal cement manufacturing process.
- We included this building in the list because it is considered the greenest building of New York. We embrace initiatives that protect the environment and embrace sustainability. The products we carry are handmade using sustainable and natural materials.
6. Flatiron Building
Originally known as the Fuller Building, the Flatiron Building is considered one of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers. Designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and built in 1902, the triangular shape of this 22-story building, allowed to fill the wedge- shaped property located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, at 23rd St. ‘Built around a skeleton of steel, the Flatiron Building is fronted with limestone and terra- cotta and designed in the Beaux-Arts style, featuring French and Italian Renaissance influences and other trends seen at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Shaped like a perfect right triangle, it measures only six feet across the narrow end.’
We decided to include the Flatiron Building not only because its a classic and a New York icon, but also because its unusual shape reminded us of products we carry at DE LA SOL with unusual shapes. For instance our Avant Gold Vase, our Crescent Moon Vase, our Daisy Vase, and our Milky Way Vase.
- Grand Central Terminal
Build by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Grand Central terminal was first opened in 1871. However, the current building’s construction began in 1903 and finished 10 years later. People consider Grand Central Terminal opened in 1913. Building Grand Central was the largest construction project in New York’s history at the time.
Grand Central is the world’s largest train station, covering 48 acres and 44 platforms, and receiving more than 750,000 visitors everyday. The main concourse of the Terminal is one of the most beautiful things, with an astrological ceiling that doesn’t ever get old. However, there are some mysteries to the ceiling:
- The sky is shown backwards - This was discovered by an astronomer that commuted Grand Central. However, architect Vanderbilt claimed the mural was intended to depict the way it looks from Heaven rather than from Earth.
- Black rectangle in one of the corners - Testifies as to what the terminal looked like in the darkest days.
- Little whole in the ceiling by Pieces - Testifies America entering into Space Race in November 1957.
Other facts of Grand Central Terminal the we love at DE LA SOL include:
- - The Whispering Gallery, close to the iconic Oyster Bar.
- - The Campbell Apartment, a cocktail bar hidden within an old office.
- - The secret tunnel that connected the train station to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
- - The fabled "M42," a bunker that may contain electrical equipment, but no one really The Terminal is a New York icon and has been depicted in multiple movies including Carlitos Way (1993), Falling in Love (1984), Unfaithful (2002), Man In Black (2002), The Freshman (1990), Midnight Run (1988), and Superman (1978), among others.
- Chrysler Building -
If the Empire State Building is the best-know New York City’s skyscraper, then the Chrysler Building is one of the city’s loveliest tall towers. Designed by architect William Van Alen for automotive magnate Walter P.Chrysler, the building is packed of an Art Deco style. The top of the building is composed of seven radiating terraced arches with triangular vaulted windows. The stainless-steel clad crown is known for its elegant terraced crown, with a sunburst patter; its grand eagles, with stand on the 62st floor; and the roof of the building is very characteristic of Midtown East Manhattan. The Chrysler Building was declared National Historic Landmark in 1976.
- 56 Leonard St
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, this Jenga - like skyscraper is already an inextricable part of New York’s skyline. The architects describe the building as ‘houses stacked in the sky’. In the project each house is unique and individual. The 60-story condo, is the tallest structure in Tribeca. Anish Kapoor, known for the Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago, designed a similar sculpture to sit at the base of the building.
Despite being called “doubtful” in the fifth edition of the AIA Guide to New York City, published before the building’s rise, at DE LA SOL we love the towering stack of boxes. It also resemble us to our Chess Towel Set.
- Hearst Tower
The Hearst Tower is the world headquarters of Hearst Communications. The media conglomerate manages publications such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. The six story base of the headquarters building was completed in 1928 by architect Joseph Urban. The original cast stone facade was built as a base for a propose skyscraper but the construction was postponed due to the Great Depression. It wasn’t until 2006 that the new tower addition was completed. Designed by architect Norman Foster, the building presents an uncommon triangular framing pattern.
The Hearst Tower is considered the first green high-rise building completed in New York, for the number of environmental considerations built into the plan. Overall the building has been designed to use 26% less energy than the minimum requirements for the city of New York, earning the first LEED Gold certification of the city.
Just as other examples of environmentally friendly buildings, we celebrate them. At DE LA SOL we want the supply chain to be respected and celebrated. We try to use the most ecological and sustainable materials and make sure the people that handmade our products are taken care of.