EDUN is a progressive fashion company launched in Spring 2005 by Ali Hewson and Bono. In May 2010, Spacesmith was retained to design the lifestyle fashion brand’s new 8,600 square foot space to house offices; a showroom; design, production & marketing teams; and a sample room on the corner of Grand and Mercer Streets in Soho. The design intent was to keep the new construction to a minimum while allowing natural daylight to penetrate into the space and to embrace EDUN’s commitment to sustainability. It was fundamental to EDUN that Spacesmith design the space using reclaimed and salvaged materials and furnishings and to work with local vendors, craftsmen and craftswomen.
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Project Area: 8,600 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Project Team: Jane Smith, Partner in Charge; Charles Patten, Design Principal; Ambar Margarida, Stefan Danicich
Photographs: Courtesy of Spacesmith
New Yorkers can’t get enough of James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s High Line as millions meandered along the refurbished rail tracks enjoying spectacular views of the skyline. And yet, the opening of the High Line in 2009 offered a mere preview of the project’s total grandeur as parts two and three of the 1.45 mile project were still to come. Today, the second phase of the High Line has opened to the public – a section which stretches from West 20th up to West 28th Street. This segment includes a hovering frame that will display people’s silhouettes against the evening sky, an elevated pathway which brings visitors to the level of the trees’ canopy, and a Great Lawn which will be perfect for sun-bathing and a summer time picnic.
Studio Mode/modeLab is pleased to announce the upcoming modeLab Parametric Design Workshop in New York City over the weekend of June 25/26, 2011. This workshop will engage the conceptual and technical domain of parametric design by introducing participants to systemic processes capable of registering and responding to a range of diverse ecologic criteria. Emphasis will be placed on workflows that utilize constraint-based design, associative modeling techniques, and environmental influencers to discover novel and inventive design solutions.
Rhino, in conjunction with the parametric modeling plug-in Grasshopper, offers the possibility to explore parametric and computational design with unprecedented fluidity. Leveraging this capacity, we have structured this workshop around a series of architectural design strategies with supporting content to foster a fast-paced and productive learning environment. As part of a larger online infrastructure, modeLab, this collection of Strategies, Primers, and Utilities provides workshop participants with continued support and knowledge to draw upon for future learning. Attendance will be limited to provide each participant maximum dedicated time with instructors. For more information, click here.
Last May, we shared NYU’s expansion plan, NYU 2031: NYU in NYC – a 20 year developmental framework to help the campus provide adequate facilities for its growing student body. Yet, as we reported, the conceptual plan was met with much resistance as residents of the Village claim that the plans will diminish the character of the area. Only time will tell whether NYU will successfully expand into the Village, however, in the meantime, as The Journal reported, NYU is putting more attention on its expansion to Brooklyn and Manhattan’s East Side. The university has just leased 120,000 sqf in Brooklyn (a move that has increased the existing Polytechnic Institute of NYU by 20%); plus, NYU has chosen Kohn Pederson Fox to design a 170,000-square-foot campus between 24th Street and 34th Street which will be home to a new bio-engineering program and provide more space for the dental school, as well as the relocation of the nursing school from Washington Square. NYU’s vision for a presence on Governors Island is still in the works as the university is looking to develop one million square feet for academic and residential use. We will keep you updated as we hear more about the plan.
This SoHo boutique hotel was designed by ODA Architecture in collaboration with Perkins Eastman Architects. Custom interiors by ODA Architecture with Amanda Sullivan, blend artistic essentials and luxurious functionality. The hotel design strategy was to bring community together with hospitality. Each detail of the hotel was meticulously fashioned to inspire the senses with a blend of traditional as well as contemporary.
Architects: ODA – Architecture, P.C. and Perkins Eastman Architects, P.C.
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Interior Design: ODA – Architecture, P.C. and Amanda Sullivan
Project Area: 67,000 sqf
Photographs: Frank Oudeman, Robert Granoff
Architects: Blaze Makoid Architecture
Location: East Hampton, NY, USA
Project team: Blaze Makoid, Jason Poremba, Scott Hoffman, John Larmor, Luke Ferran
General Contractor: Hamptons L & A Builders, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Condon Engineering, P.C.
M/E/P Engineer: Blaze Makoid Architecture
Landscape Architect/Consultant: Mac Landscape & Associates
Audio-Visual Consultant: John Fairchild
Cabinetmaker: Amy Werfel
Surveyor: John Barylski, Land Surveyor
Furnishings: Form Architecture
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Marc Bryan-Brown
Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects (LTL Architects) was commissioned to design the offices for NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA). The SCA is transdisciplinary in nature, combining topics and methodologies drawn from the humanities and social sciences. Areas of study include Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latino Studies and Metropolitan Studies.
This structure overlooking Union Square Park was originally designed for Tiffany & Company in the late 19th century. With careful consideration for upholding its historical place within the city, 15 Union Square West is gracefully translated into a 21st century residential masterwork. Creating harmony between the bygone and the present, the design for luxury living wraps the 12-story condominium residence in a translucent, layered glass skin, preserving the prominent cast iron arches of the original 5-story construction and dramatic 16’ceiling height.
Architectural Designer: ODA – Architecture P.C.
Architect of Record: Perkins Eastman Architects P.C.
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Project Area: 62,000 sqf
Photographs: Robert Granoff, Alberto Guglielmo
This 2000 sqf Chinese restaurant occupies a floor plan typical in New York, in which the middle of the plan is a bottleneck—a result of lightwells located on each side of the tenement building. Rather than force the design to hide this distinction of the front and the back, the approach for Xing was to accentuate the unique nature of each of the spaces. Employing a logic derived from the Surrealists’ game of the Exquisite Corpse, the space is composed of four distinct, yet interlocked areas, each defined by a specific material.
Architect: Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis Architects (LTL Architects)
Location: 785 Ninth Avenue, New York City, New York, USA
Project Team: Paul Lewis (Principal), Marc Tsurumaki (Principal), David J. Lewis (Principal), Eric Samuels, Lucas Cascardo, Alex Terzich, Matthew Roman
Contractor: Gateway Design Group
Project Area: 2000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Michael Moran Studio
Afsarmanesh Architects has recently won the suckerPUNCH Long Island Cinema Competition with their unique design process and approach of the theoretical. Further images and a brief breakdown of their design process can be viewed after the break. Additionally, you find a brief interview of the architects at their winning entry domain on suckerPUNCH.
Each week, progress is being made on Manhattan’s Freedom Tower as it slowly rises to meet its 1,776 ft mark. In addition to the skyscraper, we’ve shared Calatrava’s Transit Hub design with you and we are excited to see the completed complex. Although the new project will offer dynamic architecture in conjunction with a spiritual environment to remember the victims of the attacks, many wonder what companies will occupy the 2.6 million sqf of office space. A few days ago, media company Conde Nast (a publishing company responsible for the likes of Vanity Fair, Vogue, The New Yorker, among others) announced their plan to lease 1 million sqf, giving the Tower its first high-profile anchor. Christopher O. Ward, executive director of the Port Authority, told the Times, “We built a new reality at the World Trade Center, and this transaction will be the exclamation point on that turnaround.” This deal has appeased rising concerns that the Tower would be solely occupied with government offices; with such a progressive company slated to move in, hopefully others will follow suit. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo told the Times, “[Conde Nast's lease] sends a message to the global business community that Lower Manhattan is alive, growing and open for business.”
GLOBAL Design New York University: Elsewhere Envisioned is an exhibit and lecture series comprised to showcase potent innovation processes in relation to visionary architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning. GDNYU seeks to reformat the discourse on ecological design by bringing together designers, scholars, and innovators whose work is far-reaching in outlook. By placing human rational, emotional, technological, and social needs at the center of our environmental concerns, we propose a new GLOBAL [Global Local Open Border Architecture and Landscape] design initiative.
For more information, please visit the event’s official website.
In the current economic climate, the business of architecture is undergoing fundamental change. One accelerating trend is mergers, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships: these new practice configurations are affecting company identities, business development strategies, and communications. Moderated by James Russell, this program will be a conversation among representatives from three firms with recent M&A.
We invite firm principals who may be considering these various options, architecture staff, business development and marketing/communications professionals, and job seekers who wish to have a greater understanding of the current practice landscape. It will be moderated by James S. Russell, Architecture Editor at Bloomberg. Panelists include Peter Cavaluzzi, Yen Ha, and F. Bradford (Rick) Drake. The event will take place next Monday, May 23 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. More information can be found here.
Last summer, we had the opportunity to discuss Ben van Berkel’s design ideas behind his New Amsterdam Pavilion for New York (see our past coverage here). At that time, while the pavilion’s sleek sculptural form was complete, the interior the pavilion was still under construction. Now, with the interior and landscape complete, the pavilion has opened for public use. Situated outside the South Ferry terminal in Peter Minuit Plaza, the pavilion will serve as a new cultural hub in the middle of an intersection crossed by more than 150,000 residents each day. Conceived as a contemporary “outdoor living room”, the project will provide visitor information, locally grown gourmet food, and a space for spontaneous and schedule activities. Plus, at 12:00, the pavilion will glow with an array of colors in tribute to Peter Minuit whose name translates to ‘midnight.’
More about the pavilion after the break.
Why Berlin? Once an industrial center and later a city divided, Berlin’s walls fell years ago, and its gates have since remained open for experimentation. The city attracts artists and designers from around the world to its former factory buildings, transformed into studios and galleries. Berlin’s streets foster potential for what is new, perhaps more than any other place today. It has become an avant-garde capital for design in an unlikely locale, inviting international talent in the overlapping disciplines of art, architecture, industrial and product design.
The exhibition $H!T HAPPENS In Berlin explores the aesthetic and technical innovations of creatives in the city, showcasing both emerging and established designers. The unexpected is the norm; trials and errors, miscalculations and failures, experimentation and surprise–all result in ingenious design strategies.
The outcome of those experiments will be on view at special press and AD events starting May 14, 2011 in the New York City showroom and June 17, 2011 in the Toronto showroom of Relative Space & Floorworks. A custom video Clarity Matrix wall by Planar will be installed in the storefront of the Relative Space showroom, with all creative content streamed 24/7 to showcase the upcoming exhibit of over 10 Berlin based designers. More information may be found about individual participating designers at berlinhappens.com.
Yesterday, we shared the news of the Folk Art Museum’s announcement to sell its 53rd Street building to the MoMA due to financial troubles. As we reported, with the MoMA looking to expand its gallery square footage, speculation is growing as to whether the Folk Art museum will be preserved. The situation is a little complicated as the Folk Art building stands between the existing MoMA and an empty lot sold to the developer Hines which is where Jean Nouvel’s West 53rd tower will stand in the future. Some feel the MoMA will demolish the Folk Art to utilize the empty lot to its fullest potential. Yet, the MoMA has said the Folk Art museum will be used as gallery space.
Architect Todd Williams has expressed concern over converting the building into anything other than an art museum, stating, “It wouldn’t make any sense to gut the structure” and adding that, “When you make a building, you put your heart and soul into it and send it out into the world.” While the Folk Art is set to relocate to its 5,000 sqf gallery on Columbus Avenue, the future of the 53rd Street structure is still to be determined.
Surrounded by the Museum of Modern Art, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s Folk Art Museum has created a strong aesthetic identity with its stoic tombasil metal exterior. Upon its completion, the museum was named the ”Best New Building in the World in 2001” and has attracted art lovers to experience galleries filled with a wide variety of American Folk Art as well as the architecture itself [check out our AD Classics coverage of the museum]. However, the museum has been financially struggling in recent years as efforts to balance the budget have made little progress. After a thorough review of the situation, the board has decided to sell the museum to the Museum of Modern Art.
More information after the break.