Video: How Clive Wilkinson Architects' Activity Based Working is Revolutionizing the Office

14:25 - 28 March, 2015

The latest innovation in workplace design, Clive Wilkinson Architects’ “Activity Based Working” (ABW) has revolutionized the way people go about their daily activities at the GLG Global Headquarters in New York. Broadening the idea of workable area to a number of specialized environments, ABW fosters a new dynamic in office relations, providing spaces for both individualized activity and collaboration. Experience this through the Spirit of Space-produced video above.

Images Released of Tadao Ando's First NYC Building

16:00 - 27 March, 2015
Images Released of Tadao Ando's First NYC Building, © Noë & Associates and The Boundary
© Noë & Associates and The Boundary

Tadao Ando has unveiled his first New York building. An “ultra-luxury” condominium project known as 152 Elizabeth Street, the 32,000-square-foot building will replace an existing parking lot with a concrete structure comprised of seven residences - all of which will be “treated as custom homes” and “individually configured.” 

“Part concrete, part jewel box, the building makes a strong yet quiet statement with a façade comprised of voluminous glass, galvanized steel and flanked by poured in-place concrete and a living green wall that rises the height of the building,” says the architects. The green wall, measuring 55-feet-high and 99-feet-wide and spanning the entire southern façade, is expected to be one of the largest in New York and will be designed by landscaping firm M. Paul Friedberg and Partners.

Never Built New York: Projects From Gaudí, Gehry and Wright that Didn't Make it in Manhattan

09:30 - 25 March, 2015
Never Built New York: Projects From Gaudí, Gehry and Wright that Didn't Make it in Manhattan, Sketches by Gaudí on the left, with Joan Matamala's drawing of the building on the right. Image Courtesy of 6sqft
Sketches by Gaudí on the left, with Joan Matamala's drawing of the building on the right. Image Courtesy of 6sqft

Ever since its unprecedented skyward growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Manhattan has been an icon of construction all over the world, with recent estimates concluding that the island contains some 47,000 buildings. However, as with all construction, completed projects are just the tip of the architectural iceberg; Manhattan is also the home of many thousands of unloved, incomplete, and downright impossible proposals that never made it big in the Big Apple.

Of course, the challenges of New York are indiscriminate, and even world-renowned architects often have difficulties building in the city. After the break, we take a look at just three of these proposals, by Antoni Gaudí, Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, courtesy of 6sqft.

Interior sketch by Gaudí. Image Courtesy of 6sqft Frank Lloyd Wright's drawings for the project. Image © MoMA/Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Frank Lloyd Wright's drawings for the project. Image © MoMA/Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation A model of Gehry's design that was put on display for the public. Image © Carter B. Horsley for The City Review +8

Renzo Piano's Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year

13:15 - 24 March, 2015
Renzo Piano's Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year, Northeast corner. Image © Field Condition
Northeast corner. Image © Field Condition

The first phase of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Renzo Piano Building Workshop's (RPBW) expansive Manhattanville Campus plan for Columbia University is making significant progress; completion is nearing on a highly-anticipated portion of the project - RPBW's LEED platinum Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2016 just six miles North of the practice's soon-to-open Whitney Museum

More on the mixed-use structure after the break.

South facade. Image © Field Condition Southeast corner. Image © Field Condition Exterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBW Exterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBW +7

Tribeca Loft / Andrew Franz Architect

14:00 - 23 March, 2015
Tribeca Loft / Andrew Franz Architect, © Albert Vecerka/Esto
© Albert Vecerka/Esto

© Albert Vecerka/Esto © Albert Vecerka/Esto © Albert Vecerka/Esto © Albert Vecerka/Esto +12

Perkins+Will’s “Sleek” Manhattan Tower to Feature Five Open-Air Gardens

12:00 - 22 March, 2015
© Perkins+Will / MIR
© Perkins+Will / MIR

Conceptual plans of Perkins+Will’s East 37th Street Residential Tower in New York City have been unveiled. Debuted in Cannes, France, during MIPIM, where the high-rise received a “Future Projects Award,” the 700-foot-tall Manhattan tower boasts a “shimmering, angled curtain wall” organized by five clusters of shared amenities and open-air gardens.

More about the 65-story, 150,000-square-foot condominium tower, after the break. 

Izaskun Chinchilla Turns to Kickstarter to Realize "Organic Growth" Pavilion

08:00 - 22 March, 2015
Izaskun Chinchilla Turns to Kickstarter to Realize "Organic Growth" Pavilion, Courtesy of Izaskun Chinchilla Architects
Courtesy of Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

A few months ago, we announced that Izaskun Chinchilla Architects emerged as one of two winners of FIGMENT’s international “City of Dreams” pavilion competition in New York. Their proposal entitled “Organic Growth” is slated for assembly on Governors Island this summer, but they need your help! Due to the split funding of selecting two winners and FIGMENT’s non-profit status, the design team has launched a kickstarter campaign to make their proposal a reality through public contributions.

Learn more about how you can get involved, after the break.

Blueprint at Storefront for Art and Architecture / SO-IL

09:30 - 21 March, 2015
Blueprint at Storefront for Art and Architecture / SO-IL, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +13

AD Classics: AT&T Building / Philip Johnson and John Burgee

09:00 - 20 March, 2015
AD Classics: AT&T Building / Philip Johnson and John Burgee, © David Shankbone
© David Shankbone

It may be the single most important architectural detail of the last fifty years. Emerging bravely from the glassy sea of Madison Avenue skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan, the open pediment atop Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s 1984 AT&T Building (now the Sony Tower) singlehandedly turned the architectural world on its head. This playful deployment of historical quotation explicitly contradicted modernist imperatives and heralded the mainstream arrival of an approach to design defined instead by a search for architectural meaning. The AT&T Building wasn’t the first of its type, but it was certainly the most high-profile, proudly announcing that architecture was experiencing the maturation of a new evolutionary phase: Postmodernism had officially arrived to the world scene.

Brooklyn Row House / Office of Architecture

12:45 - 18 March, 2015
Brooklyn Row House / Office of Architecture, © Ben Anderson Photo
© Ben Anderson Photo

© Ben Anderson Photo © Ben Anderson Photo © Ben Anderson Photo © Ben Anderson Photo +16

Frederic Malle / Steven Holl Architects

12:00 - 13 March, 2015
Frederic Malle / Steven Holl Architects, © Susan Wides
© Susan Wides

© Susan Wides © Aislinn Weidele © Susan Wides © Susan Wides +18

David Chipperfield Chosen to Expand New York's Met Museum

13:03 - 12 March, 2015
David Chipperfield Chosen to Expand New York's Met Museum, The Met. Image via Wikipedia
The Met. Image via Wikipedia

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has tapped British architect David Chipperfield to design its new Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art. The commission, a result of an international competition, aims to increase gallery space, double the size of the museum’s popular roof garden, and establish accessible on-site storage. “The new design will also enhance gallery configuration and visitor navigation throughout the Southwest Wing, and support a more open dialogue between the Museum and Central Park,” says the architects. 

MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 Runner-up: Roof Deck / Erin Besler

17:00 - 8 March, 2015
MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 Runner-up: Roof Deck / Erin Besler, Courtyard during warm-up. Image Courtesy of Erin Besler
Courtyard during warm-up. Image Courtesy of Erin Besler

Despite Andrés Jaque of Office of Political Innovation emerging as the winner of the 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP), his competitors put up quite a fight. One of this year's five shortlisted proposals, Erin Besler's Roof Deck breathes life into arguably the most overlooked aspect of architecture - the roof - by injecting it with an active public program and making it a vessel for summer celebration. 

Read on after the break for more on Besler's proposal.

Site Model. Image by Walker Olesen Courtyard during warm-up. Image Courtesy of Erin Besler Roof programming area. Image by Walker Olesen Roof Deck during warm-up: night. Image Courtesy of Erin Besler +12

Preservationists Lose Battle to Save Orange County Government Center

13:52 - 6 March, 2015
Preservationists Lose Battle to Save Orange County Government Center , © Matthew Carbone for Architect Magazine
© Matthew Carbone for Architect Magazine

Yesterday Orange County legislators decided to “take no action” against blocking the “destructive” rebuild of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center. The plan, deemed by architecture critic Michael Kimmelman to be “vandalism,” will remove one of the building’s three sections and replace it with a “big, soulless glass box.” 

The 44-year-old brutalist landmark has been the center of a preservation debate for years; lawmakers argue that the building is “not easy to love” and expensive to maintain, while preservationists declare the building is an important piece of modern history and blame its state of disrepair on neglect. The council vetoed an offer last summer to allow a New York architect to purchase the property and transform it into artist studios. More on the decision, and more of Matthew Carbone's images for Architect Magazine, after the break.

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

06:00 - 6 March, 2015
Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1934-1947. ©Núcleo de Documentação e Pesquisa – Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1934-1947. ©Núcleo de Documentação e Pesquisa – Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

In 1955 the Museum of Modern Art staged Latin American Architecture since 1945, a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s.

More about Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, opening at MoMA on March 29th, after the break. 

 Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré (Peruvian, 1926–2014). (Peruvian, 1926–2014). Hotel in Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu (Project). 1969. Perspective. © Archivo Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré  Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. Plaza of the three powers, Brasilia, Brazil, 1958-1960. Photograph: Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti  National School of Plastic Arts, Havana, Cuba, Ricardo Porro, 1961-1965. © Archivo Vittorio Garatti Brasilia under construction, 1957. Geofoto. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal +6

Win a Copy of Massimo Vignelli's Limited-Edition 2012 New York City Subway Diagram

12:43 - 3 March, 2015
Win a Copy of Massimo Vignelli's Limited-Edition 2012 New York City Subway Diagram, Courtesy of SuperWarmRed Designs
Courtesy of SuperWarmRed Designs

UPDATE: Congratulations to Colin from Philadelphia and Guillaume from France - you've been randomly selected as the winners! Thank you everyone for participating. 

SuperWarmRed Designs has offered our readers a chance to win Massimo Vignelli’s limited-edition (unsigned) MTA New York City Subway Diagram. Designed in 2012 by Vignelli, in collaboration with Vignelli Associates Beatriz Cifuentes and Yoshiki Waterhouse, the diagram is the first Vignelli subway map to be printed by the MTA since the 1970s and is slated to be made part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection this year.

Using concepts from Vignelli’s iconic Subway Map design of 1972, the new diagram was informed by satellite data and rebuilt for greater clarity and legibility. Revised to reflect the current subway system, colors and nomenclature, the poster has been printed in vivid Pantone and Hexachrome inks on acid-free archival cover-weight paper.

SuperWarmRed has agreed to giveaway one 36” x 45” Subway Diagram and one 16” x 24” Subway Diagram Detail Series. Read on after the break for the official rules.

New York to Complete First Prefabricated "Micro-Apartments" this Year

18:00 - 24 February, 2015
New York to Complete First Prefabricated "Micro-Apartments" this Year, Courtesy of nARCHITECTS / NYC Mayor's Office
Courtesy of nARCHITECTS / NYC Mayor's Office

With floor areas clocking in at as little as 260 square feet, My Micro NY housing units by nARCHITECTS are the latest singles-oriented housing option to enter the New York rental market. The modular units will be fabricated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for stacking in Kips Bay this spring, and are projected to welcome their first inhabitants by the end of 2015.

Current New York city zoning and density rules set a minimum apartment floor area of 400 square feet, yet this regulation was waived for My Micro NY in the interests of creating more affordable housing. An inflated rental market has long posed issues for those seeking housing in the city, particularly singles and students with tight budgets. My Micro NY will create 9 stories and 55 individual apartments, whose features include 9 and 10 foot ceiling heights, Juliette balconies, and concealed storage space.

A look inside, after the break. 

Pace Gallery / HS2 Architecture

01:00 - 17 February, 2015
Pace Gallery / HS2 Architecture, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
  • Architects

  • Location

    510 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA
  • Principal-in-Charge

    Thomas Hut
  • Project Architect

    Timothy McQuestion
  • Area

    10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +13