Two of Downtown Manhattan's most unique recent developments have been given the construction time-lapse treatment, chronicling their rise in the dense New York cityscape. Both developed by DDG, 12 Warren and XOCO 325 each offer a departure from the glass and steel design commonly found on the island.

12 Warren, image via DDG

XOCO 325, image via DDG

Tribeca's 12 Warren deftly fits within the neighbourhood vernacular of luxury lofts, but employs an organic facade comprised of bluestone sourced in the Catskill region of upstate New York. The rough-hewn, hand-laid building envelope contains an interior of 13 condominiums, including townhouses, full-floor and half-floor residences, with condominiums on the upper floors overlooking the Hudson River and Brooklyn Bridge. A triplex townhouse inside the development was recently unveiled for $6.9 million.

Meanwhile, SoHo's XOCO 325 utilizes a similarly distinct exterior as an attention-grabber. A cast-aluminum facade lays over a glass curtain wall accented by vertical gardens, referencing the neighbourhood's cast-iron loft buildings. Residences feature custom sculptural plaster, ceiling heights from 10 feet in living areas, private terraces in most units, and Austrian white oak plank floors.