Architects: Richard Meier & Partners
Location: Newark, NJ, USA
Design Principals: Richard Meier, Dukho Yeon
Project Manager: Vivian Lee
Project Architect: Remy Bertin
Collaborators: Scott Johnson, Chris Townsend, Dongkyu Lee, Diana Lui, Hee-Joo Shi, Jonathan Bell, Chris Layda, Adam Nicholson, Adam Greene, Hyung Sok Moon, Aki Koike, Takumi Nakagawa, Techan Abe, Aung Kyaw, Katie Kasabalis, Yuanyang Teng
Photographs: Steven Sze, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Fred Bland proclaimed it to be the most exciting building ever proposed during his tenure.
The proposal for the six-story, 34,000 square foot building on the intersection of Broadway and Spring Street in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District in New York City, designed by BKSK Architects, sits on a $147.9 million site. Prominent developers purchased the site in December of 2012, setting a per-buildable-square-foot record for SoHo retail. Their early intent of demolishing the existing building and constructing a new one garnered significant opposition. That is, till they revealed what was to replace it.
With the news earlier this year that San Francisco‘s Presidio Trust was planning a new cultural centre on the former site of a military base, now a national park, further details have emerged on the three finalists. The competition has attracted proposals from George Lucas (for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum), WRNS Studio and the Chora Group (for ‘The Bridge’), and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (for the Presidio Exchange). Each proposals offer different visions for the eight acre site, the ex-military building of which currently hosts the retailer Sports Basement.
Almost sixty years after Wallace K. Harrison was invited to design the United Nations Secretariat Building in New York City, plans have been unveiled for another UN skyscraper designed by Fumihiko Maki which would “consolidate currently scattered operations into a single structure that would rise on the western portion of the Robert Moses Playground, on First Avenue between East 41st and 42nd streets.”
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has revealed more acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 53.8, up from a mark of 52.7 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.0, down from the reading of 66.4 the previous month.
“It is fair to say that the design professions are in a recovery mode,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “…but a key component to maintaining this momentum is the ability of businesses to obtain financing for real estate projects, and for a resolution to the federal government budget and debt ceiling impasse.”
Key August ABI highlights:
Following the news that Studio V Architecture has been commissioned to convert the 19th century Empire Stores, next to Brooklyn Bridge, into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled designs for “a flowering meadow with seasonal grasses, a sprawling field and a triangular wooden viewing platform” close by.