As we now enter the 10th year of Instagram, the photo-sharing network, it is not too early to wonder about its effect on architecture. An architect friend recently showed a rendering of a hotel facade to her client who cried, “That’s my Instagram photo.” To dazzle on a five-inch screen, a building needs only graphic pizazz. But as this year’s notable buildings show, architecture involves a good deal more.

So much attention has been lavished on “Billionaires’ Row”—that clutch of residential towers now sprouting to the south of Central Park that includes a few 1,000-plus-foot prodigies—that a building as subtle as Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ 520 Park Avenue 香蕉视频苹果下载easily goes unnoticed. Unlike them, this 54-story apartment tower is an exceptionally well-mannered building that derives its forms from the gracious apartments of the prewar era, with their limestone cladding, bronze trim and vaulted lobbies. This is the New York vernacular, and for RAMSA it is not a straitjacket but a springboard.

Far more modest, but equally respectful to its urban context, is Saint Thomas/Ninth, a small but ingenious housing development in New Orleans. In a triumph of miniaturization, architects OJT shimmied 12 small houses onto a parcel zoned for three, thereby maintaining the city’s historic density while providing affordable housing (the entire project cost $2.5 million). The houses vary genially in form, but collectively they achieve the compact unity of a traditional neighborhood.

As the digital revolution transforms the workplace, the Madrid-based firm SelgasCano proposes a new kind of office building adapted to our new “nomadic workforce” of freelancers and flex-time workers. Their Second Home Hollywood in Los Angeles dispenses with traditional offices and cubicles to sprawl across a 90,000-square-foot campus of 60 one-story glass-walled pods, brimming with lush tropical plants. The result is neither office building nor botanical garden but an uncanny hybrid of both.

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