15 Union Square West / ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects

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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: City, , USA
Project Area: 62,000 sqf
Photographs: Robert Granoff, Alberto Guglielmo

Xing Restaurant / LTL Architects

© Michael Moran Studio

This 2000 sqf Chinese restaurant occupies a floor plan typical in , 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,
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

Long Island Cinema Competition / Afsarmanesh Architects


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.

Update: Tenant for Freedom Tower

as of May 13. Photo: A. Cilento

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

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.

Firm Identity in an Age of Mergers and Acquisitions

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.

Update: New Amsterdam Pavilion Opens / Ben van Berkel

Last summer, we had the opportunity to discuss ’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.

‘$H!T HAPPENS’: An innovative traveling exhibit curated by Juergen Mayer H.

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 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.

Update: MoMA set to buy American Folk Art Museum

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Yesterday, we shared the news of the ’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 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 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.

We spotted this update on ArchRecord thanks to @JennaMMcknight via Twitter.

MoMA set to buy American Folk Art Museum

© Michael Moran

Surrounded by the Museum of Modern Art, Tod Williams and ’s 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.

ONE LAB 2011: BioDesign Summer

Summer Lab for students, architects, scientists, artists, and individuals of all backgrounds to explore design with various living matter including live tissues, bacteria, tree grafting, fungi growth control and parametric scripting. ONE Lab is designed for students who wish to engage with the crossover of design and science. The lab concentrates on recent advances in the biotechnology and computation, both in theory and practice.

ONE Lab offers a new means of design inquiry where students will actively use the tools and technologies of live sciences . The participants will learn the processes of biotechnology (including technologies such as genetic engineering, tissue culture, and cloning), growing materials, grafting trees and plants, scripting and computational modeling for controlled growth. Students will have access to bio laboratories, techniques and expertise.

This summer approximately 40 researchers will gather in for 3 weeks of intense creative and scientific exploration. TerreLab provides a unique opportunity for students to learn from internationally recognized scientists: Dr. Oliver Medvedik; Dr. Ellen Jorgenson; Dr. Dickson D. Despommier and renown designers and artists: Vito Acconnci, Natalie Jeremijenko, Marc Forens and many more. The Lab consists of a Seminar Week (guest lectures from international scholars and designers) and Workshop Weeks where the participant will chose a series of day-long workshops. All classes are beginner level and no previous knowledge or experience is required. More information on the workhop’s official website.

B*Sessions: An event by NYCOBA/NOMA

Are you ready to be an entrepreneur? Whether converting your freelance stance or pivoting from corporate to sole proprietor, it is important to understand the local challenges and options for your business. The evening will begin with cocktails and networking followed by a presentation on starting your own business.

Topics will include:
- 20 questions – before you dive in
- why businesses succeed or fail
- types of business structure & what is right for you.

Scheduled Panelists:
- Martha Soffer, U.S. Small Business Administration
- Mark Meirowitz, Law Office of Mark Meirowitz

The event will take place Tuesday, May 17th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Humanscale Showroom, 8th floor, 11 East 26th Street, , NY. Free for Members/ $15 for Non-members. Space is limited! Reserve your place by Monday, May 16, 2011. RSVP to events@nycoba.org. More information can be found here.

Richard Meier’s Model Museum in Long Island City Reopens

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Richard Meier & Partners is pleased to announce the anticipated reopening of the Richard Meier Model Museum in City on Friday, May 13, 2011. Offering a rare glimpse into the process behind his distinguished 40-year career as an architect, Mr. Meier is once again unveiling his vast breadth of works to the public for its fifth consecutive season.

Further information after the break.

Streetfest Tent Design Competition Winners

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Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New Museum, and ’s Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), are pleased to announce that a team of emerging -based designers from the studios Family and PlayLab have been selected as the winners of Storefront’s StreetFest international competition to re-envision temporary outdoor structures.  The StreetFest competition asked for designs that envisioned street tents not only as shelters but also as active elements within the collective construction and understanding of the city.

More on the results of this competition after the break.

Coolhaus / Natasha + Freya

Get your architecturally inclined taste buds ready for this!  Coolhaus – a creative gourmet ice cream sandwich line served from a vintage mail truck – is currently roaming the streets of .  After beginning in LA and moving to Austin, the truck is now on the East Coast satisfying architecture lovers with their delicious all-natural creations such as the Mies Vanilla Rohe (Vanilla ice cream + Chocolate Chip Cookie) and the Frank Berry (Strawberry ice cream + Snickerdoodle cookie).  The brain child of two women who share a love of architecture and of course, ice cream, this funky business is a triple entendre and a play on three factors: the Bauhaus as an influential modernist design movement of the 1920′s and 30′s, Rem Koolhaas who challenged the mantra “Form follows function”, and “Cool house” – an ice cream sandwich deconstructed into a cookie roof and floor slab with ice cream walls.

Video interview conducted by Alissa Walker. More after the break.

Fashion Hotel and Bridge / Ivan Filipovic

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Live life for every moment, outreach sensations, inhale fully, and go forward with speed. There can only be one place where people can be aware of this transience, and is just that! Life, it lives the speed of light and brilliance, always new and undiscovered, requires constant innovation. This complex project, by Ivan Filipovic, is just this: Forms that heighten one’s sensations, where lights and functionality can only be understood by someone who lives a prestigious blend of pragmatism and lasting gratification. The combination of profitable operation and enjoyment of consumption is clearly targeted and a focused effort that leaves no doubts as to the meaning of zeal and pleasure. More images and architect’s description after the break.

In Progress: New Greenpoint EMS Station / Michielli + Wyetzner Architects


Construction is underway for the Greenpoint Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Station, designed by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects for Williamsburg, . The two-story, 12,400-square-foot contemporary design accommodates the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) ambulance crews and vehicles, and occupies a prominent site on Metropolitan Avenue near Bedford Street in the rapidly developing neighborhood. The station is part of FDNY’s plan to improve response time to medical emergencies throughout the city by increasing the number of stations and thereby reducing the distance and time ambulances travel to those in need. Completion is expected for June 2012.

The Gateway Center, Westchester Community College / Ennead Architects

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Located at the east entrance to the campus, the new Gateway Center is emblematic of the College’s commitment to a more accessible education for residents of Westchester County and to an American college experience for the many recent immigrants seeking to improve the quality of their lives. Its design was inspired by this vision, and the building is intended as a physical embodiment of the word gateway: an entrance or means of access. Sited to take advantage of the natural beauty of the campus landscape, the Gateway Center is a threshold to the College and an initial expression of campus identity. Building and site are unified to form a sustainable daylit environment. Combining references to the campus’ architectural legacy and state-of-the-art technology, the building creates a unique educational crossroads and a defining center for campus life.

Architect: Ennead Architects
Location: Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York, USA
Project Team: Susan Rodriguez FAIA (Design Partner), Timothy Hartung FAIA (Management Partner), Joanne Sliker AIA (Project Manager), John Zimmer AIA (Project Architect/Design), Patrick Golden AIA (Project Architect/Construction), Harry Park, Craig McIllhenny AIA, Mimi Madigan, Paul Keene AIA, Charles Brainerd AIA, Maura Rogers, Kyo-Youn Jin, Yekta Pakdaman-Hamedani, Mathew Bissen AIA, Saem Oh, Charmian Place, Joerg Kiesow, Dan Stube AIA
Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates
MEP Engineer: Thomas Polise Consulting Engineer
Landscape Architect: Towers | Golde
Lighting: Susan Brady Lighting Design
Graphics: H Plus Incorporated
Acoustics / AV / Telecom: Cerami & Associates
Geotechnical/Civil: Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Construction Manager: STV
Project Area: 70,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Aislinn Weidele/