We all know about the grand beauty of the Empire State Building, the stunning Art Deco of the Chrysler, the iconic shape of the Flatiron, and the classic grace of the Met. But what about all the other creative architecture in Manhattan?

Luxury apartment broker Platinum Properties has a list of the most unusual, modern, and innovative buildings that decorate the NYC skyline.

1. New York by Gehry8 Spruce Street

Known as the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, Frank Gehry designed the building with undulating waves of stainless steel so the reflecting light would change its appearance throughout the day.

2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum1071 Fifth Avenue

This masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright contrasts the hard lines and strict grid that characterizes the rest of Manhattan.

Its design is a wonderful compliment to the artwork held within.

3. Hearst Tower300 West 57th Street

This publication empire building is itself glossy and current, much like the magazines it produces.

The steel triangles are comprised primarily of recycled materials and each floor is equipped with an eco-friendly heating and cooling system, making it not only an innovative work of architecture but also environmentally conscious.

4. New Art Museum235 Bowery

Designed by SANAA, the New Art Museum is a reflection of both the boxy buildings surrounding it as well as the modern art within.

The museum also offers a killer view of Lower Manhattan.

5. The IAC Building555 West 18th Street

Frank Gehry makes the list again with the IAC Headquarters, completed in 2007.

It is his first commercial office building and a beautiful work of architecture in the Chelsea neighborhood.

6. 40 Bond, 40 Bond Street

This luxury residential building was developed and designed by Ian Schrager and Herzog de Meuron.

Named by Curbed as one of the Best New Buildings of the Decade in 2009, its elaborate graffiti gates and oceanic green glass make it a definite head turner.

7. Porter House, 66 Ninth Avenue

This incongruous addition to an old six-story warehouse by SHoP adds even more character to the already interesting Meatpacking District.

The building now holds luxury condos.

8. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art41 Cooper Square

The newest addition to the Cooper Union campus, with its unpredictably curved panels sitting on the edge of the East Village, is a true work of innovative architecture by Thom Mayne of Morphosis.

9. Apple Store Fifth Avenue767 Fifth Avenue

Many of Apple’s flagship stores have received numerous architectural awards, and the one situated in the middle of Midtown Manhattan is no exception.

This glass cube, housing a subterranean store, was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

10. The Standard848 Washington Street

With beautiful views and a spot right above the High Line—literally—The Standard is a high class hotel that we’d recommend if you want to wow your visitors to the city or enjoy New York’s nightlife.



Will your new home in New York City be modern and beautiful like all these architectural pieces?

The answer is yes if you contact one of our skilled and friendly real estate agents at Platinum Properties. Check us out today.