Libeskind New York Sky Garden Tower


A couple weeks ago, New York Magazine showcased Daniel Libeskind‘s proposal for his first New York building.  The design features prominent sky gardens — an element some pragmatic developers might shy away from for fear of losing usable square footage.  But by including the sky gardens, apartment occupants will have access to balconies and greenery and oxygen.  They’ll have the opportunity to welcome nature right at the back door. 

In her closing plenary at Greenbuild, Janine Benyus talked about biomimicry and building design.  She mentioned that buildings and cities will need to become "jungle-ized," or transformed into places where nature is intrinsic and thriving.  I guess you could say this building is a version of that, or at least a step in that direction. 

Things are still early and the design for One Madison Avenue may still change.  Who knows?  The developer, Elad, expects that by the time approvals are through, the economic market will be different and people will be eager to pay for the features particular to Mr. Libeskind’s design. 

[+] Green Dreams on Madison Square [NY Mag]
[+] Daniel Libeskind’s Green NY Tower [Design Boom]

Daniel Libeskind


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  • Marley Sutton

    Nature… and dangerously high winds! It will be interesting to see this concept made real in the next decade (not likely in New York, where not even the simplest of VAWTs have yet to be integrated into anything besides a billboard). Cheers for the effort.

    • Preston

      That’s an interesting point … the higher you go, the stronger the winds. We’ll see how this plays out, could be exciting.

      • Lyndsey

        That was the first thing that came to my mind – the winds. And what about the lawsuits should someone fall over. I guess we would only need to worry about that in America!

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  • Anonymous

    It makes sense that usable square footage is not available to make money but a building like this would be an icon for sustainable design in a mega city like New York City. Great renderings and I hope someday that a design like this gets built.

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