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At 82 stories and over 1.9 million sf, Aqua Tower is one of few high-rises in the world that creates a community on its façade. With a hotel, apartments, condominiums, parking, offices, and one of Chicago’s largest green roofs, this multi-use tower demonstrates both architectural and technical achievements. Its outdoor terraces—which differ in shape from floor to floor based on criteria such as views, solar shading and dwelling size/type—create a strong connection to the outdoors and the city, as well as form the tower’s distinctive undulating appearance.
The High Line, Manhattan, New York
The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.
The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.
AMA House in Brazil
Designed by Brazilian architects Bernardes + Jacobsen, the impressive and luxurious AMA house is nestled amongst the tropical coastal hills near the city of Guarujá in São Paulo. Spread over three floors, the house touches ground in just five points on the steep sloping landscape, lending to unbeatable views from both its double-height living area and large infinity pool. Locally sourced Brazilian teak wood, large windows, glass sliding doors, and indoor bamboo trees all help to blur the boundary between growing and built environments, keeping the inhabitants connected to the beautiful outside world. Meanwhile, carefully planted surrounding plants provide privacy for the lower levels, as well as shade from the hot sun.
Photography: Leonardo Finotti
Located in the affluent Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, California, Hopen Place is a 4,000 sq ft single-storey residence featuring a spacious infinity pool, floor-to-ceiling windows, and large courtyard area to make the most of the breathtaking views. Inside there are four bedrooms, five bathrooms, an open-plan living area, a kitchen, a private cinema, a garage, and an office area, all of which have been fitted out with walnut flooring and customised with iPhone docks, interlinked speakers, art installations, and CCTV. The house was designed by Los Angeles-based Whipple Russell Architects and, if you have the cash, is available to buy for roughly $10 million USD through Ben Bacal properties.