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.
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.
Archtober Building of the Day #14
Wieden & Kennedy
150 Varick Street, 6th Floor
Archtober Building of the Day #13
The Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
The Columbus Day holiday and parade did not deter the Archtober faithful from attending a very special family event at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Archtober first visited the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue on on October 28, 2012 in the shadow of the looming Superstorm Sandy, to enjoy the fruits of a 20-year restoration project that culminated in the 2010 installation of the Kiki Smith rose window. Now, adding to the manifold riches to be found within is a fully realized Museum at Eldridge Street, the result of a collaboration of curators, historians, architects Archimuse, and graphic designers.
Archtober Building of the Day #12
The Pavilion at Brookfield Place
100 West Street
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
It is impossible not to notice The Pavilion at Brookfield Place from almost any viewpoint near itâ€™s location on 100 West Street. A glass curtain wall seems barely to contain the steel trees that emerge from its floor. While our Archtober tour was conducted under the noonday sun, one can easily imagine the buildingâ€™s brilliance after nightfall.
Archtober Building of the Day #11
Glen Oaks Branch Library
256-04 Union Turnpike, Queens
The goal of libraries is to provide communities with access to resources, saidÂ Karen Fairbanks, founding partner of Marble Fairbanks. Before Fairbanks and a large team of fellow architects, landscape architects, and engineers designed the new Glen Oaks Branch Library, community members were yearning for a facility that could provide more resources that better serve their needs.
Building of the Day #10
The Barbarian Group
112 West 20th Street
Clive Wilkinson Architects
It seems like something out of an interiors sci-fi novel: a barbaric desk comes to life, invading a helpless office floor. Nothing can stop it. It grows around structural columns. Monsters represent our cultural fears, and this could be a story expressing our anxieties about Corporate America, if it wasnâ€™t for the fact that Clive Wilkinson Architectsâ€™ superdesk for The Barbarian Group is so functional and so cool. A 1,100-foot-long uninterrupted white surface snakes about the office, arching to create nooks for informal meetings and casual encounters.
Archtober Building of the Day #9
58 Kent Street, Brooklyn
Ole Sondresen Architect
â€œNothing is better than doing nothing.â€ While this may be the maxim that many of us live by on lazy Sunday afternoons, in Greenpoint, BrooklynÂ it applies to the design philosophy of Norwegian carpenter-turned-architect Ole Sondresen. During todayâ€™s tour of the Kickstarter headquarters, Sondresen demonstrated how this sustainable principle guided his design process.
Archtober Building of the Day #8
National September 11 Memorial Museum
Liberty Street,Â Manhattan
Davis Brody Bond
The space is cavernous. Visitors to theÂ National September 11Â Memorial Museum are confronted, upon arrival, with their own memories, and the collective recall of a day unlike any other.
Archtober Building of the Day #6
Tavern on the Green
Central Park West & 67th Street
Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
The Swanke Hayden Connell Architects team was well represented on today’s Archtober tour with Elizabeth Moss, How Zan, and landscape architect Robin Key, principal of Robin Key Landscape Architecture. Our tour focused on the technical aspects of the restoration of the Tavern on the Green. With a detailed look at the removal of excrescences layered on from the 1930s conversion of the Jacob Wray Mould Sheepfold to the Robert Moses Tavern on the Green. Plenty of other architects, in earlier times, have had their hands on this subtle folksy Victorian decorated with polychromed brick, slate, stone, and Minton tiles.
Archtober Building of the Day #5
Sportime/John McEnroe Tennis Academy
One Randall’s Island
RZAPS – Ricardo Zurita Architecture & Planning, P.C.
Archtober enthusiasts ventured to Randallâ€™s Islandâ€”many of us for the very first timeâ€”to visit Sportime/John McEnroe Tennis Academy, a tennis facility, designed by Ricardo Zurita Architecture and Planning, that includes 20 courts, a clubhouse, and a stadium on less than four acres. As the architect of the master plan for Randallâ€™s Island, Ricardo Zurita offered a quick history lesson at the start of the tour. Once a center for social service facilities, the island remains home to two psychiatric hospitals, a fire academy, and a water treatment plant, in addition to more than 400 acres of parkland. Zurita admitted to calling it Rikers Island once early in his career, perhaps to quell our embarrassment at leaving it off of the first three Archtober maps.
Archtober Building of the Day #4
132 Canal Street, Staten Island
Andrew Berman Architects
Libraries, according toÂ architect Andrew Berman, principal of Andrew Berman Architect, do not age gracefully. As technological innovations and transforming communities change the role of these public institutions, fixed programmatic layouts become obsolete. During a tour of Stapleton Library in Staten Island, Berman explained that flexibility and openness became two key components that guided its renovation and expansion.