Architects are prolifically altering skylines, sports, and history with recent or future projects. This includes residential towers, historic building conversions, stadiums and islands — both home and abroad. Oh, and the real estate market sizzles on too.

Here are 10 of the hottest properties creating buzz in the USA and beyond including The Standish, 666 Fifth Avenue, Maison Vernon & Maison Commonwealth, Waterline Square, Orlando City Stadium, One Manhattan Square, Tavern Island, 21W20, 1000M and The Residences at Seafire.

The Standish (Brooklyn Heights, New York)


In Superman comic books, the Man of Steel’s alter ego Clark Kent lived in Apartment 5H at the Standish Arms Hotel in Metropolis. The real location is 171 Columbia Heights in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District — where the celebrated pre-war Beaux Arts building recently served as a modern day luxury rental. Until now. Reimagined as The Standish, a 12-story conversion condominium by DDG and Westbrook Partners, the famed building is back — offering supermen and superwomen of sufficient means one-to-five-bedroom condos ranging from $1.3 million to in excess of $11 million. Originally built in 1903 as the Standish Arms Hotel, the celebrated building (which also played a role in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”) is distinguished by a magnificent F.S. Lowe-designed façade of terra-cotta lintels, formal brick, bay windows, and a limestone base.


The condominium boasts contemporary interiors — Austrian white oak floors; built-in kitchens with Carrara marble countertops; and master baths with silver travertine, mosaic walls, freestanding tubs, and Fantini rain showers. The Standish also offers a fitness center, concierge/doorman services, and bike storage. The lobby has 12-foot-high ceilings, an elegant porcelain floor, and an art installation by local Brooklyn artist Andie Dinkin.

The building has panoramic views of the East River, downtown Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty, and the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Williamsburg Bridges. Construction is scheduled to be completed this summer.