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10 Buildings That Helped Define Modernism in New York City

08:00 - 18 May, 2019
211 East 48th Street, Midtown East, William Lescaze, 1934. Image © Mark Wickens
211 East 48th Street, Midtown East, William Lescaze, 1934. Image © Mark Wickens

Greater Refuge Temple, Harlem, Costas Machlouzarides, 1966. Image © Mark Wickens Monsignor Farrell High School, Staten Island, Charles Luckman Associates, 1962. Image © Mark Wickens The “Bubble House” (1969) on East 71st Street is one of the city’s most idiosyncratic Modern buildings. Its convex apertures are surprisingly operable, swiveling open from the side. Image © Mark Wickens Tribeca Synagogue, William N. Breger, 1967. Image © Mark Wickens + 12

This Article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine here.

The story of architectural Modernism in New York City goes beyond the familiar touchstones of Lever House and the Seagram Building.

Eighty-five years on, the little white town house on East 48th Street by William Lescaze still startles. With its bright stucco and Purist volumes, it pulls the eye away from the do-nothing brownstones on one side and the noirish sub-Miesian tower on the other. The machined rectitude of its upper floors, telegraphed by two clumsily large spans of glass block, is offset by the freer plastic arrangement of the bottom levels. Le Corbusier’s five points are in evidence (minus the roof garden), suggesting an architecture ready to do battle. Built in 1934 from the shell of a Civil War–era town house, this was the first Modernist house in New York City, and its pioneering feeling for futurity extended to its domestic conveniences. (A skeptical Lewis Mumford noted its central air-conditioning.)

207 West 79th Street Apartments / Morris Adjmi Architects

02:00 - 18 May, 2019
207 West 79th Street Apartments / Morris Adjmi Architects, © Jimi Billingsley
© Jimi Billingsley

© Donna Dotan © Donna Dotan © Field Condition © Field Condition + 14

Renovation of Sotheby’s New York Headquarters / OMA

06:00 - 6 May, 2019
Renovation of Sotheby’s New York Headquarters / OMA, © Brett Beyer Photography
© Brett Beyer Photography

© Brett Beyer Photography © Brett Beyer Photography © Brett Beyer Photography © Brett Beyer Photography + 18

  • Architects

    OMA
  • Location

    1334 York Ave, New York, NY 10021, United States
  • Category

  • Partner In Charge

    Shohei Shigematsu
  • Associate in charge

    Christy Cheng
  • Area

    90000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2019
  • Photographs

Apartment in New York / Crosby Studios

17:00 - 3 May, 2019
Apartment in New York / Crosby Studios, © Mikhail Loskutov
© Mikhail Loskutov

© Mikhail Loskutov © Mikhail Loskutov © Mikhail Loskutov © Mikhail Loskutov + 29

The Statue of Liberty Museum is Set to Open in New York

09:00 - 30 April, 2019
The Statue of Liberty Museum is Set to Open in New York, Courtesy of FXCollaborative
Courtesy of FXCollaborative

The Statue of Liberty Museum is set to open on Liberty Island, New York. Designed by New York-based firm FXCollaborative led by Nicholas Garrison, the 26,000-square-foot scheme seeks to create the illusion of a structure lifted from the earth. To achieve this, the project incorporates angular design techniques and native materials to the island and statue, such as Stone Creek granite, copper, plaster, and native vegetation.

150 Charles Apartment Building / COOKFOX Architects

17:00 - 26 April, 2019
150 Charles Apartment Building  / COOKFOX Architects, © Frank Oudeman
© Frank Oudeman

© Frank Oudeman © Frank Oudeman © Frank Oudeman © Frank Oudeman + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, United States
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    COOKFOX Architects, DPC - Richard A. Cook, Partner, Robert F. Fox Jr., Partner - Pam Campbell, Partner
  • Design Team

    Luciana Spinola, Associate; Fred Metzger; Serge Appel; Giovanni Sidari
  • Area

    292571.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

SHoP Architects' 111 West 57th Street Celebrates Topping Out near Central Park

11:00 - 24 April, 2019
SHoP Architects' 111 West 57th Street Celebrates Topping Out near Central Park, © Hayes Davidson
© Hayes Davidson

The SHoP Architects-designed 111 West 57th Street has witnessed a major milestone with the topping out of its reinforced concrete superstructure, as reported by New York YIMBY. The supertall scheme, measuring 1428-feet-tall, will be the second-tallest building in New York City by roof height, and the most slender tall building in the world.

837 Washington Commercial Office Building / Morris Adjmi Architects

17:00 - 23 April, 2019
837 Washington Commercial Office Building / Morris Adjmi Architects, © Timothy Schenck
© Timothy Schenck

© Timothy Schenck © Timothy Schenck © Timothy Schenck Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects + 9

Shop Zung / Studio Zung

19:00 - 17 April, 2019
Shop Zung / Studio Zung, © Adrian Gaut/Phillip Yang
© Adrian Gaut/Phillip Yang

© Adrian Gaut/Phillip Yang © Adrian Gaut/Phillip Yang © Adrian Gaut/Phillip Yang © Adrian Gaut/Phillip Yang + 24

Brooklyn's Tallest Building Tops Out, Designed by KPF

11:00 - 17 April, 2019
Brooklyn's Tallest Building Tops Out, Designed by KPF, © Williams New York
© Williams New York

Brooklyn Point, the tallest building in Brooklyn, has topped out at 720 feet. Designed by KPF, the 68-story scheme will feature a mixed-use program of apartments, food, shopping, and entertainment functions. After undergoing a three-year design process, construction at Brooklyn Point began in the summer of 2017.

Storefront for Storefront / PARA

17:00 - 15 April, 2019
Storefront for Storefront / PARA, © Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

© Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    97 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012, United States
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Jon Lott
  • Design Team

    Benjamin Halpern
  • Area

    1480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

MAD Designs Slender Skyscraper to Soften New York City's Skyline

11:05 - 11 April, 2019
MAD Designs Slender Skyscraper to Soften New York City's Skyline, East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects
East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects have revealed a new vision for New York City skyscrapers with a sinuous slender tower near the Empire State Building. Dubbed ‘East 34th’, the project was designed with a dark-colored glass facade that was made to fade into the atmosphere. Located adjacent to one of New York's most iconic structures, the project rethinks the city's rectilinear towers and sharp edges to create a new form for the Manhattan high-rise.

East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects + 7

The Shed, a Center for the Arts / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

06:00 - 10 April, 2019
The Shed, a Center for the Arts / Diller Scofidio + Renfro, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Timothy Schenck © Timothy Schenck + 9

The Shed Opens in New York's Hudson Yards

05:00 - 5 April, 2019
The Shed Opens in New York's Hudson Yards, The Shed. Image © Iwan Baan
The Shed. Image © Iwan Baan

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group's iconic Shed has opened after more than a decade in the making in New York City. The building features a 120-foot telescopic shell in Hudson Yards that can extend out from the base building when needed for larger performances. Clad in ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) “pillows,” the project is connected to the High Line on 30th Street to bring performances and art to the city's newest neighborhood,

The Shed. Image © Timothy Schenck The Shed. Image © Iwan Baan The Shed. Image © Iwan Baan The Shed. Image © Timothy Schenck + 8

The Many Faces of Hudson Yards' Vessel

04:00 - 30 March, 2019
The Many Faces of Hudson Yards' Vessel, The Vessel. Image © Chanel Dehond
The Vessel. Image © Chanel Dehond

Hudson Yards’ Large Honeycomb… Hudson Yards’ New Shawarma Sculpture…”
Call it what you want, but the Vessel has created quite a buzz over the past couple of weeks, and it is not just because of its impressive architecture, or the panoramic view at the top (to which some claimed that getting there was an uncalled for work-out).

After coming across different nicknames of Hudson Yards’ now-famous point of attraction, architectural designer and illustrator Chanel Dehond selected some of the most amusing ones and transformed them into sketches.

Tell us, ArchDaily readers, what do you call the Vessel?

The Hoberman . Image © Chanel Dehond The Basket . Image © Chanel Dehond The Beehive . Image © Chanel Dehond The Faberge Egg. Image © Chanel Dehond + 11

10, 30, 55 Hudson Yards / KPF

20:00 - 25 March, 2019
© KPF+Connie Zhou
© KPF+Connie Zhou

© KPF+Connie Zhou © KPF+Connie Zhou © Michael Moran © KPF+Connie Zhou + 23

A Space of Contemplation and Sanctuary by WOJR

10:00 - 23 March, 2019
A Space of Contemplation and Sanctuary by WOJR, © Alexis Nicolas Basso
© Alexis Nicolas Basso

Architecture, just like art, has the ability to detach the individual and provoke a sense of intrigue and inspiration. Some buildings leave a greater mark, especially if the project or the site it is built on has a story of its own. 

The Mask by WOJR is developed for an individual who lost his younger brother in a lake in Ithaca, New York. After the tragedy, the lake became a zone of detachment from the everyday world, transforming the structure from just a house on a lake, to a space of contemplation.

© Alexis Nicolas Basso © Alexis Nicolas Basso © Alexis Nicolas Basso © Alexis Nicolas Basso + 19

H.Stern New York / Studio Arthur Casas

16:00 - 22 March, 2019
H.Stern New York / Studio Arthur Casas, © Ricardo Labougle
© Ricardo Labougle

© Ricardo Labougle © Ricardo Labougle © Ricardo Labougle © Ricardo Labougle + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Olympic Tower, 645 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, Estados Unidos
  • Category

  • Arquiteto Responsável

    Arthur Casas
  • Project Team

    Mariana Werfel, Cristiane Trolesi, Natalia Valente, Renata Adoni, Lenka Soares, Paulo Sabatini, Arnault Weber, Felipe Bueno, Mariana Santoro, Nara Telles, Bruno Arinella
  • Area

    2314.24 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs