Archtober Building of the Day 13> Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Architecture, East, Interiors
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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(Catherine Teegarden)

(Catherine Teegarden)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, Manhattan
Babb, Cook & Willard (1902)
Gluckman Mayner Architects with Beyer Blinder Belle (2014)

Part a historic house tour and part a lesson on material culture and curatorial practices, today’s Archtober lunchtime session packed a ton of information into 60 minutes. Brooke Hodge, deputy director of the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, showed us around one of the finest mansions of Manhattan.

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NYC Retrofit Accelerator to help building owners reduce greenhouse gas emissions

East, Environment, News, Sustainability
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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(Courtesy David Tan / Flickr)

(Courtesy David Tan / Flickr)

To avoid total inundation and more of those hot, sticky summer days, New York City is trying hard to forestall the impact of global warming. While tackling coastal resiliency, the city is turning its focus to buildings, the source of 75 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Manhattan’s newest luxury building, 252 East 57th Street, almost complete

Architecture, East, News, Skyscrapers
Monday, October 12, 2015
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Looking up at 252 East 57th Street (Courtesy

Looking up at 252 East 57th Street (Courtesy SOM)

What’s tall, glassy, and grows all over? Manhattan luxury residential buildings, the latest of which is almost complete.

On October 9th, developers presided over the topping off ceremony of 252 East 57th Street, a new luxury tower on the Upper East Side by SOM and interior architect Daniel Romualdez.

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Archtober Building of the Day 12> LTL Architects’ Brown Institute for Media Innovation

Architecture, East, Interiors
Monday, October 12, 2015
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(Camila Schaulsohn)

(Camila Schaulsohn)

The David & Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation is a busy hub of technology housed within a building from McKim, Mead & White’s late 19th-century campus plan for Columbia University. In subsequent years, the space, which occupies part of the eastern wing of the Pulitzer Building, was broken up into small offices.

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Archtober Building of the Day 11> Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park

(Archie Srinivasan)

(Archie Srinivasan)

Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
150 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Maryann Thompson Architects

It was a perfect day for Archtober-ites to walk onto Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park and engage in an enlightening tour of its creation, from concept to completion. Kait Kurs from Maryann Thompson Architects began at the entrance—the threshold that separates the big city and pier. It is what makes Pier 2 an island of recreation that includes playgrounds, picnic areas, an inline skating rink, and courts for basketball, handball, bocce, and tetherball. Essentially, it is a “toy box” for the larger park.

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Archtober Building of the Day 10> Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

Architecture, East
Saturday, October 10, 2015
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(Courtesy Julia Cohen)

(Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
94 Greenwich Avenue, Manhattan
Steven Holl Architects

Passersby often stop to peer through the slipped-disk façade of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle in the West Village, according to Margaret Magnuson, who graciously opened the store to us this morning. Led by Olaf Schmidt and Filipe Taboada of Steven Holl Architects, our group of architecture and scent enthusiasts filtered into the 400-square-foot space. Although it is small, the shop is a jewel box of texture and form, an abstract insertion of a retail volume into a historic building.

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Archtober Building of the Day 9> Staten Island Zoo Carousel Enclosure

Architecture, East
Friday, October 9, 2015
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(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

Staten Island Zoo Carousel Enclosure
614 Broadway, 
Staten Island
Slade Architecture

Our intrepid Archtober team ventured across the New York Bay to usher in the weekend with a visit to the Staten Island Zoo. After a breezy ferry ride (along with some time on the subway, bus, and our own two feet), we met up with James Slade, who, together with his wife and partner Hayes Slade, designed the Staten Island Zoo Carousel Enclosure.

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Archtober Building of the Day 8> The NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm

(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

The NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm
6 Wolcott Street, Brooklyn

thread collective

A gaggle of green-thumbed Archtober enthusiasts joined thread collective’s Elliott Maltby and Gita Nandan to learn about the NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm. Situated in Brooklyn, the one acre plot has served as a model for other farms being developed on New York Housing Authority properties, including at Howard Houses in Brownsville and in Coney Island.

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No glass ceilings here: Eva Jiricna will design new home for Tiffany lamp collection

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Rendering of glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, New York Historical Society. (Courtesy Eva Jiřičná Architects)

Rendering of glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, New York Historical Society. (Courtesy Eva Jiřičná Architects)

The New York Historical Society announced today that Czech architect Eva Jiřičná will design a new space for exhibitions and study on the 20,000 square foot fourth floor of the society’s Central Park West building.

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Topping Out 10 Hudson Yards: KPF’s Manhattan tower reaches new heights

Topping out 10 Hudson Yards (Courtesy Joe Woolhead)

Topping out 10 Hudson Yards (Courtesy Joe Woolhead)

The final bucket of concrete anointed the top of Kohn Pedersen Fox‘s 10 Hudson Yards today. Built to LEED Platinum standards, the 52 story office building, at 30th Street and Tenth Avenue in New York City, is the first of sixteen buildings on the 28 acre site. Read More

Archtober Building of the Day 7> Enrique Norten’s Mercedes House

Architecture, East
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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(Kalyani Bhatt)

(Kalyani Bhatt)

Mercedes House
550 West 54th Street, Manhattan

TEN Arquitectos

Archtober-ites probably expected to enviously gawk at the views and wander through the wedge-shaped, amenity-filled, courtyards of Mercedes House, one of the recent luxury rental additions to Midtown West. What they probably didn’t expect was TEN Arquitectos partner Andrea Steele’s eloquent and educational lesson on the challenges and opportunities of zoning in New York.

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Aim High, Get Low: New “Lowline” linear park eyed in the Bronx

View of the proposed lowline from Rae Street (Google Maps)

View of the proposed lowline from Rae Street (Google Maps)

Call it High Line fever: since the first leg of James Corner and Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s High Line debuted in 2009, High Line–like projects have popped up all over the city and across the country. Now, not ten miles from the original, the Bronx may be slated for its very own rail-to-park conversion.

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