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.
It had been a few daysâ€”maybe even weeksâ€”since weâ€™d seen a new report about the devastating impacts of climate change, but, as expected, that short streak has ended. The latest end-of-the-world-type reportÂ comes from the Union of Concerned Scientists, and letâ€™s just say thereâ€™s a reason these scientists are so concerned.
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.
By now, you probably know about Citi Bike‘s woes in New York City:Â the damaged equipment, the broken seats, andâ€”what else?â€”oh, right the money problems. But with a bailoutÂ reportedlyÂ imminent, and expansion likely next year, things are starting to looking up for the bike share system. And that’s not allâ€”the blue bikes aren’t justÂ expanding around New York, they’re headed down to the palm tree-lined streets ofÂ MiamiÂ as well.
The 7 member vision42design jury met on October 3 and spent the day looking at nearly 200 digital design proposals to transform New York City’s 42nd Street. They easily decided on a list of ten projects thatÂ they considered the most outstanding. In a more contested second round of discussions, the jury was able to narrow these projects to a short list of three professionalÂ projectsÂ and a student-designed project to move onto the second round of the competition.
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 #3
The New School University Center
65 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the five-story academic building topped with student housing on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street aggressively embraces its urban setting wearing a vivid zig zag expression of vertical circulation on its sleeve. The AIA New York Chapter held the most recent FitCity conference in its 800-seat auditorium last May. The site was selected for this annual event that brings public health and design professionals together, partly because stairs are the defining element of the structure.
When the final phase of the High Line opened in September, Mayor de Blasio was not there to celebrateâ€”neither was his Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, reported the New York Times. The mayor was off to Pittsburgh that day and Silver apparently had a scheduling conflict so deputies for both men were sent instead. But if the mayor would have made it to the opening, it would have been his first time on the High Line. Ever.
Archtober Building of the Day #2
250 Bowery, New York, NY
Morris Adjmi Architects and AA Studio
Winner of a 2014 AIA New York Chapter Merit Award, 250 Bowery is the latest insertion into the paradeÂ of Pritzker Prizeâ€“winners on the Bowery. Morris Adjmi Architects Project Architect Mohammed Rajab led our group of enthusiasts and developers from Canadaâ€”yes, friends, you can use Archtober to suss out your competitionâ€”through a private duplex luxury condo currently on the market.