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.
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