Archtober Building of the Day #20
Donald Judd Home and Studio
101 Spring Street
Architecture Research Office; Walter B. Melvin Architects
The Soho of the 1970s has come and gone, grungy artistsâ€™ studios replaced by glitzy storefronts and luxury condos. However, two decades after artist Donald Judd passed away in 1994, his presence still permeates 101 Spring Street. Itâ€™s in the nooks he carved out for his children and his books, his kitchenware and furniture, and, most of all, his art.
If youâ€™re not a fan of Auntie Anneâ€™s Pretzels, then LaGuardia Airport really has nothing to offer you. BesidesÂ travel-friendly food options like â€œjalapeÃ±o and cheese pretzel dogs” the aging, dirty, sometimes-leakingÂ airport is by all accounts a disaster.Â Just ask Vice President Joe Biden who once said that if heÂ blindfolded someone and took them to LaGuardia they would think they were inÂ â€œsome third world country.â€ The Vice PresidentÂ adding, “I’m not joking.”
Archtober Building of the Day #19
Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University
Broadway & 218th Street
Steven Holl Architects
We rode the subway to the northern tip of Manhattan to tour Columbia Universityâ€™s Campbell Sports Center, designed by Steven Holl Architects. The design, based on football play diagrams, incorporates â€œpoints on the ground, lines in spaceâ€ that develop from the sloping site in this industrial section of Inwood. Olaf Schmidt, associate-in-charge of the project, led the Archtober tourÂ through the building.
Archtober Building of the Day #18
Navy Green Supportive Housing
40 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
Architecture in Formation
The design is â€œnot subtle,â€ said Matthew Bremer, principal at Architecture in Formation, of the design of the Navy Green Supportive Housing Facility in Brooklyn. The bright red, corrugated-metal facade references the neighborhoodâ€™s brick townhouses, and also the sea of red brake lights on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, visible from the site at night. The corrugated metal gives the building an industrial look and responds to the â€œgrittinessâ€ of the Brooklyn Navy Yard down the street. This bold building is one of four towers in the larger Navy Green development.
Minneapolis hosted the Major League Baseball All Star Game this year, and many of the 41,000 people in attendance used some new public transit to get there.Â In May the city opened Target Field Stationâ€”a multimodal transit hub and public space at the foot of the Twins’ Target Field that designers Perkins Eastman hope will catalyze development.
Archtober Building of the Day #17
East 34th Street Ferry Terminal
E 35th Street at FDR Drive
Public architecture is alive. The 34th Street Ferry Terminal, designed by KVA Architects, integrates structure, social use, the natural environment, and digital technology to realize an architecture that is sensitive and responsive to its surroundings.Â This approach, called â€œsoftâ€ or â€œresilientâ€ infrastructure, creates a dynamic civic space in which flows of water, people, and information are manifested in the structure.Â Inspired by Walt Whitmanâ€™s 1900 poem, â€œCrossing Brooklyn Ferry,â€ the design emphasizes the fecundity of the waterfront and the multiple uses of the pier, not only that of the commuter but also that of the wanderer, viewer, or fisherman.Â Technology accentuates elements of nature so that the commuter might slow down, absorbing the light, water, and the beautiful terminal, before entering or re-entering the city.
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Installation investigates the future of facade design and fabrication.
Unlike some student projects, AAC Textile-Block v2.0 was shaped by both practical and speculative concerns. In back-to-back courses at Pratt, undergraduates designed and fabricated a prototype section of a screen wall system made from autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC). Co-taught by Lawrence Blough and Ezra Ardolino, the design studio and prototyping seminar encouraged students to look beyond their computer screens to real-world constraints including block size and light and air circulation. “The idea was that we wanted to make something that has an application later on,” said Blough. “It was more than a run-of-the-mill digital fabrication project,” added Ardolino. “It was really a comprehensive fabrication project.” Read More
Archtober Building of the Day #16
Post-Disaster Urban Interim Housing
Cadman Plaza East & Red Cross Place
Nearly three million residents live in New York Cityâ€™s six emergency evacuation zones. After a natural disaster ravages communities, displaced people often leave their neighborhoods never to return, causing catastrophic economic and social upheaval. The Prototype for Urban Interim Housing Units is an attempt to remedy this condition after the storm. Instead of dispersing, residents could begin to regain what they lost, starting with a safe, resilient home.
Over the weekend, Â AN joined an Open House New York on a tour of the under-construction Empire Stores warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The old coffee bean warehouse was built in the 1870s, but has been sitting empty along the East River for decades. By next fall, though, the Empire Stores will have been transformedÂ with all the Brooklyn-type fixings you’d expect. Yes, there is an artisanal Brooklyn market featuring local purveyors. And office space for tech and creative companies. And cafes, restaurants,Â and beer gardens. Included in the mix is also a rooftop public park and a museum focused on New York City‘s waterfront.
What’s a cross between a green roof and a livingÂ wall? IAC, the company that brought you Frank Gehry’s billowing building by the High Line in New York, is commissioning Rios Clementi Hale toÂ “drape” its white brick building on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood with a six-story sculptural steel latticeâ€”like a livingÂ roof turned 45 degreesâ€” containingÂ native plantings irrigated by recaptured underground water.