Archtober Building of the Day 31> SculptureCenter Renovation and Expansion

Architecture, East
Saturday, October 31, 2015
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(Courtesy Julia Cohen)

(Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Archtober Building of the Day #31
SculptureCenter Renovation and Expansion
44-19 Purves Street
Queens

Andrew Berman, Architect

An enthusiastic group of Archtoberites came out today to bid adieu to this year’s Building of the Day series. Cloistered away on a dead-end street in Long Island City, SculptureCenter offers underrepresented and emerging artists an opportunity to develop site-specific works in this former trolley repair shop. Read More

Archtober Building of the Day 30> Chilewich Store by De-Spec

Architecture, East, Interiors
Friday, October 30, 2015
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(Julia Cohen)

(Julia Cohen)

Chilewich Store
23 East 20th Street, 
Manhattan
De-Spec

This is the project that every architect dreams of (or should, at least). With designers as clients, visually striking product, and close involvement from the start, Tom Shea and Farnaz Mansuri of De-Spec were able to develop a concept for Chilewich from the ground up.

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Archtober Building of the Day 29> The Musket Room by Shadow Architects

Architecture, East, Interiors
Thursday, October 29, 2015
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(Suzanne Mecs)

(Suzanne Mecs)

The Musket Room
265 Elizabeth Street, 
Manhattan
Shadow Architects

If we visit Michelin star restaurants next Archtober, we’ve got to make a deal for the meal. The meal’s the thing here. The Musket Room moved into Manhattan’s old Rialto space, a long-gone hangout for architects working in the nearby Puck Building. It’s got a gun over the bar.

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Archtober Building of the Day 28> Museum of Jewish Heritage

Architecture, East
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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(Julia Cohen)

(Julia Cohen)

Museum of Jewish Heritage and “Designing Home Exhibition”
36 Battery Place, Manhattan

Donald Albrecht

When it rains it pours… and today it was a soaker, but our undaunted crowd of avid Archtober followers were treated to an abundance of architectural and design riches in our “double header.”  Kevin Roche, now a magisterial 93 years of age, introduced the planning complexities of the original hexagonal Museum of Jewish Heritage, that landed its faceted ziggurat onto the shore of Battery Park City in 1993.

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Archtober Building of the Day 27> National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion

Architecture, East
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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(Morgan Watson)

(Morgan Watson)

National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion
180 Greenwich Street, 
Manhattan
Snøhetta

The Survivor Tree lived on the site of the original World Trade Center. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the burnt and ailing pear tree was removed from its home and nursed back to health. It has since returned and continued to flourish, and has become a symbol for recovery and resiliency. From a spot beside the tree, the glowing National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion appears to grow straight out of the ground, itself representing the past and promise of the future.

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Archtober Building of the Day 26> El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 by HHL Architects

Architecture, East
Monday, October 26, 2015
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(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

El Barrio’s Artspace PS109
215 East 99th Street, Manhattan
HHL Architects

Jazz musician Ellen O’Brien still gets teary-eyed when she recounts the tale of how she ended up in a spacious one-bedroom apartment at El Barrio’s Arstpace PS109. Like many artists in New York City, life has been a struggle. When an already precarious financial situation coincided with her apartment burning down, she lost everything except the clothes on her back. Luckily, Ellen was one of 89 applicants selected from a pool of 53,000 to reside in Artspace’s community-driven live/work artists’ housing project.

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Archtober Building of the Day 25> Van Alen Institute

Architecture, East
Sunday, October 25, 2015
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Van Alen Institute (Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Van Alen Institute (Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Archtober Building of the Day #25
Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street, New York
Collective-LOK

Three friends from architecture school, Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O’Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (pinkcomma gallery), joined forces to form Collective-LOK in 2013. Together, they entered the Van Alen Institute’s Ground/Work competition to redesign the organization’s office and programming space on West 22nd Street. Read More

Archtober Building of the Day 24> Mariners Harbor Branch Library

Architecture, East
Saturday, October 24, 2015
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Mariners Harbor Branch Library (Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Mariners Harbor Branch Library (Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Archtober Building of the Day #24
Mariners Harbor Branch Library
206 South Avenue, Staten Island
A’PT Architecture

In Mariner’s Harbor in Staten Island, Ana Torriani, AIA, and Lorenzo Pagnamenta, AIA, of A*PT Architecture (formerly Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani) have harvested an oyster intended to produce many pearls of wisdom. Mariner’s Harbor Branch Library, with its luminous, asymmetric zinc roof “cracked open” by a glass spine, resembles an open bivalve, referring back to the neighborhood’s history as an oyster farming community while inviting its current residents inside. Read More

Archtober Building of the Day 23> St. Mark’s Bookshop by Clouds Architecture Office

Architecture, East
Friday, October 23, 2015
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(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

St. Mark’s Bookshop
136 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
Clouds Architecture Office

Clouds Architecture Office is two wonderful architects of international origin and distinction: Ostap Rudakevych and Masayuki Sono. It’s easy to see why the intense and inward duo selected such a multi-valent word to identify their firm. Curiously enough though, their project for the St. Mark’s Bookshop did not in any way darken the nature of retail bookselling—quite substantially just the opposite. The bookstore won an honor award from the AIA New York Chapter Design awards program in 2015.

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Archtober Building of the Day 22> The Educational Alliance by PBDW Architects

Architecture, East
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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(Julia Cohen)

(Julia Cohen)

The Educational Alliance
197 East Broadway, Manhattan
PBDW Architects

As the population of Manhattan‘s Lower East Side (LES) has shifted over the past 126 years, the Educational Alliance’s programs have evolved to meet the needs of a changing community. Still close to its roots as a settlement house that helped Jewish immigrants acclimate to the United States (and with mezuzahs on the doors to show for the continued ties with Judaism), the alliance serves the entire community, across age, race, ethnicity, and income level.

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Archtober Building of the Day 21> Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning by GLUCK+

Architecture, East
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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(Julia Cohen)

(Julia Cohen)

Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning
Crotona Park, the Bronx
GLUCK+

Today’s Archtober Building of the Day tour of the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx offered a close-up view of GLUCK+’s construction process. The firm works in the architect-led design-build model, in which the architect also serves as the project’s general contractor. Our group of inquisitive participants asked GLUCK+ Principal Marc Gee about how this process works, from the company’s insurance requirements to day-to-day life in the office. According to Gee, the system works because “architects are able to think on their feet in terms of design, not just the project’s bottom line.”

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Archtober Building of the Day 20> Renzo Piano’s Whitney Museum of American Art

Architecture, East
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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(Kalyani Bhatt)

(Kalyani Bhatt)

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, Manhattan
Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson

When the Whitney Museum made the move from its iconic Breuer Building to a new location in Manhattan‘s Meatpacking District, the institution was “returning to our downtown roots,” Larissa Gentile, New Building Project Director for the Whitney, told today’s Archtober Building of the Day Tour attendees.

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