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Upstate NY Home Spins at the Push of a Button

About 90 minutes north of New York City in New Paltz, NY, sits a spectacular wooden UFO-like dome dwelling in the middle of a 28-acre forest at the foot of the Mohonk Nature Preserve. Built in 1999, the 2,300-square-foot prefab was created by French kit home company Domespace. Of some 200 "Domespaces" built worldwide, this may still be the only one realized in the U.S so far—and its site seems to be perfect. The three-bedroom home, designed to be eco-friendly and engaged with nature, can rotate 360 degrees by the touch of a remote, ensuring it's always taking advantage of the sun for controlling indoor temperature, as well as providing a change of scenery. 

Inside, a very open floor plan, soaring 40 ft ceilings, and huge curved windows. The two-level space, includes a custom-built spiral staircase that leads to the upper level library, office, guest bedroom, and bath. This unique property is currently on the market for $950,000.

Whitney Museum of American Art to Open May 1st

When the Whitney Museum's new Renzo Piano-designed (in collaboration with New York practice Cooper Robertson) home on Gansevoort Street opens its doors on May 1, 2015, the inaugural installation will be the largest display to date of the Whitney’s permanent collection. At just a bit under seven years since the first designs of the building were released, the incubation period has been long enough on its own – but in fact the project has its roots in a scrapped 1981 design by Michael Graves, when the Whitney was instead planning an extension to their previous home on Madison Avenue. With such a highly anticipated building, the Whitney could hardly have a better man for the job; many believe Piano is one of the most prodigious museum builders of our time.

 
“The Whitney has been steadily building a remarkable world-class collection of American art since our founding by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1930, much of which has remained largely unseen,” said Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director. “This transformative moment—the opening of our beautiful new home downtown—calls for a fresh look at ourselves and is the perfect occasion for us to celebrate our collection, the essence of who we are.”