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Critical Round-Up: Hudson Yards

13:00 - 18 March, 2019
Critical Round-Up: Hudson Yards, Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford
Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

New York City’s Hudson Yards has opened its doors to the public, and the reviews are flooding in. Built on Midtown Manhattan’s West Side, the project is New York’s largest development to date and the largest private real estate venture in American history, covering almost 14 acres of land with residential towers, offices, plazas, shopping centers, and restaurants. A host of architecture firms have shaped the development, including BIG, SOM, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rockwell Group, and many others.

Read on to find out how critics have responded to Hudson Yards so far.

Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford + 15

New York City's Hudson Yards Is Finally Open to the Public

08:30 - 15 March, 2019
New York City's Hudson Yards Is Finally Open to the Public, Aerial View of Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford
Aerial View of Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

New York City’s long awaited Hudson Yards has finally opened its doors to the public for the first time. Built on Midtown Manhattan’s West Side, the project is New York’s largest development to date and the United States’ largest private real estate development, covering almost 14 acres of land (more than 56,000 sqm) with polished residential towers, offices, plazas, gardens, shopping centers, and restaurants, all designed by some of the world’s most iconic architects.

Vessel. Image Courtesy of Michael Moran for Related-Oxford
Vessel. Image Courtesy of Michael Moran for Related-Oxford

The master plan’s most compelling structure, however, is the 'Vessel', a monumental copper-clad steel frame designed by Heatherwick Studio. Visitors are now able to climb the geometric staircase, and take a panoramic view of the new urban plan and the structure’s interlocking staircases.

SOM Reveals 35 Hudson Yards Tower for New York

05:30 - 11 March, 2019
SOM Reveals 35 Hudson Yards Tower for New York, 35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford
35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have revealed new images of their design for 35 Hudson Yards, a new tower that will be part of the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States. SOM provided architectural design and structural engineering services for the mixed-use tower in New York, which is set to become the tallest residential building in Hudson Yards. Standing 1,000 feet tall, the project will express transitions in program as a series of setbacks twisting around the tower.

35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford 35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford 35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford 35 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related Oxford + 12

Arata Isozaki's Palladium Nighclub Through the Lens of Timothy Hursley

10:30 - 7 March, 2019
Arata Isozaki's Palladium Nighclub Through the Lens of Timothy Hursley, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

In May 1985, an old theater and concert hall opened its doors to the public for the opening of a brand new nightclub in New York City. Located on 126 East 14th Street, the project was commissioned by entrepreneurs Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, owners of the also famous club Studio 54, and was conceived as a vibrant and luminous independent structure arranged inside a rather classic shell, which appears as a beautiful backdrop behind the clean geometry of Isozaki.

As The New York Times pointed out in its May 20, 1985 edition: 'Arata Isozaki is at once a great eminence of Japanese architecture and a source of some of its freshest thinking. And all sides of Mr. Isozaki are visible in the Palladium'.

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley + 14

DXA Studio Designs New Urban Pathway for New York

04:00 - 5 March, 2019
DXA Studio Designs New Urban Pathway for New York, The Midtown Viaduct. Image Courtesy of DXA studio
The Midtown Viaduct. Image Courtesy of DXA studio

Architecture and design firm DXA studio was awarded Grand Prize for their design for an urban pathway in New York City. Submitted for Construction Magazine’s 2019 Design Challenge, the project would span 9th Avenue to connect the new Moynihan Train Hall to the High Line and Hudson Yards. The design was created to push the boundaries of contemporary steel construction and create a signature public pathway for New York.

The Midtown Viaduct. Image Courtesy of DXA studio The Midtown Viaduct. Image Courtesy of DXA studio The Midtown Viaduct. Image Courtesy of DXA studio The Midtown Viaduct. Image Courtesy of DXA studio + 10

Kasmin Gallery / studioMDA

17:00 - 4 March, 2019
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, United States
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Markus Dochantschi, Maria Vlagidou, Caitlin McCabe, Katerina Paitazoglou, Yeonseo Cho, Daniela Gonzalez
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Nike's New York Temple to Victory Pushes Trust in the Consumer

12:00 - 24 February, 2019
Nike's New York Temple to Victory Pushes Trust in the Consumer, Courtesy Nicholas Calcott, via Metropolis Magazine
Courtesy Nicholas Calcott, via Metropolis Magazine

Nike's New York flagship store, primely located on Fifth Avenue, is perhaps the closest thing to a temple in the digital age. At a massive 68,000 square feet, it commands attention and symbolically dwarfs even its skyscraper surroundings. The exterior facade features a grid of undulating glass that casts glimmering shadows both inside and out. Inside, a tractor-beam type installation hangs from the ceiling, giving the space-age flavor. There's no set ritual or tradition like in the temples of old, but sneakerheads might certainly feel they've found their heaven on earth.

Courtesy Nicholas Calcott, via Metropolis Magazine Courtesy Nicholas Calcott, via Metropolis Magazine Courtesy Nicholas Calcott, via Metropolis Magazine Courtesy Nicholas Calcott, via Metropolis Magazine + 6

Boqueria West 40th St. / Studio Razavi architecture

17:00 - 19 February, 2019
Boqueria West 40th St. / Studio Razavi architecture, © simone bossi
© simone bossi

© simone bossi © simone bossi © simone bossi © simone bossi + 26

In New York City, When Form Follows Finance the Sky's The Limit

07:00 - 18 February, 2019
Courtesy of SHoP Architects
Courtesy of SHoP Architects

The hyperreal renderings predicting New York City’s skyline in 2018 are coming to life as the city’s wealth physically manifests into the next generation of skyscrapers. Just like millennials and their ability to kill whole industries singlehandedly, we are still fixated on the supertalls: how tall, how expensive, how record-breaking? Obsession with this typology centers around their excessive, bourgeois nature, but – at least among architects – rarely has much regard for the processes which enable the phenomenon.

Months Before Opening Day, the Promised - and Sold - High-Tech Utopia of Hudson Yards is Still Just a Dream

07:00 - 13 February, 2019
Months Before Opening Day, the Promised - and Sold - High-Tech Utopia of Hudson Yards is Still Just a Dream, The Hudson Yards Development. Image © Mark Wickens
The Hudson Yards Development. Image © Mark Wickens

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Hudson Yards Promised a High-Tech Neighborhood — It was a Greater Challenge Than Expected."

There’s something striking about the command center of America’s largest private real estate development, Hudson Yards, in that it’s actually pretty boring. The room—technically known as the Energy Control Center, or ECC for short—contains two long desks crammed with desktop computers, a few TV monitors plastered to the wall, and a corkboard lined with employee badges. The ceiling is paneled; the lighting, fluorescent. However, New York’s Hudson Yards was once billed as the country’s first “quantified community”: A network of sensors would collect data on air quality, noise levels, temperature, and pedestrian traffic. This would create a feedback loop for the developers, helping them monitor and improve quality of life. So where is the NASA-like mission control? Data collection and advanced infrastructure will still drive parts of Hudson Yards’ operations, but not (yet) as first advertised.

New Images of SHoP Architects' Ultra-Thin 111 W 57 Tower Show Facade Progress

04:00 - 26 January, 2019
New Images of SHoP Architects' Ultra-Thin 111 W 57 Tower Show Facade Progress, © Paul Clemence
© Paul Clemence

The ‘Super Tall and Skinny’ NYC Tower 111 W 57 by SHoP Architects is forging ahead as seen in this photographic construction update by Paul Clemence from Archi-Photo. In the photos, the glass and terracotta facade seems largely complete, casting beams of light into New York's notoriously valley-like streets. SHoP's ultra-thin residential tower, which is set for completion this year, will rise above the Empire State Building and even One World Trade Center, taking a bird's eye view over the entirety of the city skyline.

© Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence © Paul Clemence + 8

27 Projects Win 2019 AIANY Design Awards

10:00 - 19 January, 2019
27 Projects Win 2019 AIANY Design Awards, Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park. Image © Michael Moran
Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park. Image © Michael Moran

The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has presented 27 projects with 2019 Design Awards. AIANY announced the results after two days of deliberations by a a jury of independent architects, educators, critics, and planners. For each of the five categories, winning projects were granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” award, and were chosen for their design quality, innovation and technique.

Princeton University Embodied Computation Laboratory. Image © Pablo Marvel Tanderrum Bridge. Image © Kristoffer Paulson Oculi House. Image © Michael Moran Cornell Tech Tata Innovation Center. Image © Albert Vecerka + 28

Apple Store, Upper East Side / Bohlin Cywinksi Jackson

09:00 - 19 January, 2019
Apple Store, Upper East Side / Bohlin Cywinksi Jackson, © Peter Aaron
© Peter Aaron

© Peter Aaron © Peter Aaron © Peter Aaron © Peter Aaron + 18

John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 4 / SOM

19:00 - 18 January, 2019
John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 4 / SOM, © Douglas Spranger
© Douglas Spranger

© Douglas Spranger © Douglas Spranger © Douglas Spranger © Douglas Spranger + 12

  • Architects

    SOM
  • Location

    New York, NY, United States
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Design Partner Emeritus

    David Childs
  • Managing Partner

    Anthony Vacchione
  • Planner

    Derek Moore
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2001
  • Photographs

New York City's Chrysler Building is Up for Sale

05:00 - 17 January, 2019
New York City's Chrysler Building is Up for Sale, Chrysler Building. Image Courtesy of Tishman Speyer
Chrysler Building. Image Courtesy of Tishman Speyer

New York City's famed Chrysler Building is up for sale for the first time in over 20 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the art deco office tower’s current owners officially placed it on the market, though the building's value has yet to be released. Designed by William Van Alen, the building was bought by Tishman Speyer in 1997. As an iconic part of the New York skyline, the building is admired for its distinctive ornamentation based on Chrysler automobiles.

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

16:30 - 12 January, 2019
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.

City of Saints Bryant Park / Only If

16:00 - 11 January, 2019
City of Saints Bryant Park / Only If , © Michael Vahrenwald / Esto.
© Michael Vahrenwald / Esto.

© Michael Vahrenwald / Esto. © Michael Vahrenwald / Esto. © Michael Vahrenwald / Esto. © Michael Vahrenwald / Esto. + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018, United States
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Kutay Biberoglu, Pierre de Brun, Karolina Czeczek, Adam Snow Frampton, AIA
  • Area

    900.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Chelsea Apartment / BoND

12:00 - 20 December, 2018
Chelsea Apartment / BoND, © Eric Petschek
© Eric Petschek

© Eric Petschek © Eric Petschek © Eric Petschek © Eric Petschek + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chelsea, New York, NY, United States
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger
  • Area

    520.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs