2018 Young Architects Program Exhibition Opens at MoMA PS1 in New York

This year’s Winner of the MoMa and MoMa PS1’s annual Young Architects Program goes to Hide & Seek by Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine, in collaboration with Clayton Brinkley of Arup, will be on view in MoMa PS1’s courtyard from June 28 - September 3, 2018.

For more on this story visit: www.architectmagazine.com

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Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City, NYC.

The second phase of Hunter’s Point South Park opened to the public this past week, creating 11 acres of continuous riverside parkland in Long Island City. Architects SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI teamed up to design the new addition after working together in Phase I of the park back in 2013.

For more on this story visit: www.archpaper.com and www.metropolismag.com

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Escher: The Exhibition & Experience in Brooklyn, NYC

Escher: The Exhibition & Experience, an exhibition of over 200 works by the iconic Dutch artist M.C. Esher, is showing at Brooklyn’s Industry City (34-34th Street, Building 6, Brooklyn) from June 8th, 2018 to February 3rd, 2019. The most important and largest exhibitions of M.C. Esher ever presented in the US.

For more on this exhibition visit: www.eschernyc.com

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Spring Is In The Air with Six Giant Inflatable flowers

New York-based creative studio PLAYLAB, INC. is decking out the glass canyon of Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan with a broad stroke of color in the form of giant, inflatable flowers. The public art installation is sponsored by the Avenue of the Americas Association.

GROWN UP FLOWERS consists of six different inflatable pieces, which PLAYLAB describes as “sitting, lounging, floating, standing tall or even bending down to greet passerbys” between 44th and 55th streets.

To read more on this story, visit: www.archpaper.com

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The Shoreham Hotel

On West 55th Street, in the midst of New York City’s most prestigious clubs and fabled hotels, PKSB transformed turn-of-the-century residential bachelor apartments into a modern hotel. The firm updated antique design elements to give the historic hotel a contemporary feel. Simple gestures and unexpected materials provided the key to the design. Existing details such as mahogany balconies, marble floors, a cast-iron staircase, coffered ceilings, and decorative plasterwork in the lobby were uncovered and restored. Custom-designed furniture and fixtures provided a refined yet romantic appeal. New bookcases transform a lounge alcove into a library and gallery for etchings. In the morning, breakfast is served as a buffet in the lounge adjoining the entry lobby and, in the evening, the same room is converted into a space for piano and harp recitals.

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The guest suites feature custom-designed furniture including sleigh beds fabricated from iron and wire mesh. Individually-designed, etched glass panels separate sitting rooms from the bedrooms. Polished, ebonized wood floors add elegance and a sense of spaciousness to the intimate suites.

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The project was named “Best Hotel” in Interiors Magazine’s award program.

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155 Mercer Street, New York, NY

  1854 as a Fireman’s Hall for the City of New York’s Volunteer Fire Department

1854 as a Fireman’s Hall for the City of New York’s Volunteer Fire Department

The building is a free-standing structure with an ornate brownstone street façade located in the Soho-Cast Iron Historic District. 155 Mercer Street was constructed in 1854 as a Fireman’s Hall for the City of New York’s Volunteer Fire Department and subsequently was converted to a dance and performance space. PKSB has spearheaded the restoration of the historic street façade and conversion of the building to accommodate a new commercial use. PKSB was also retained as the architect for the building’s tenant, Dolce & Gabanna to execute the company’s flagship store scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2017.

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PS 101 - The Verrazano School, Brooklyn, NY

The new addition provides PS101K with a unified identity made of old and new parts. The annex nestles between the existing L-shaped school building and a large play yard. A single-story student dining room completes the U-shape formed by the new and old structures. A large outdoor play area occupies the balance of the site, separated from adjacent residential properties to the south by a high fence.

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The addition’s modulated façade responds to the residential character of the neighborhood while providing a new entry and identity for the school. The new façade reinterprets various design elements of the existing school building in a modern configuration. A red brick was selected to complement the existing material palette. Lighter cast stone elements highlight new entrances of the addition and recall decorative limestone features of the existing building.

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At four stories, the addition will match the height of the existing school. In response to the low-rise residential scale of the neighborhood, the addition’s massing is interrupted by setbacks and material variation. The entry from the sidewalk consists of a building inset “carved” from the first floor volume. This “carving” back provides space for a welcoming entry plaza that incorporates wheelchair accessibility and weather protection. The new entry sequence invites access to a generous lobby, and shared public assembly spaces such as the student dining and the existing auditorium beyond.

455 Central Park West, New York, NY

This mixed-use, 100-unit condominium located at 455 Central Park West combines a new 27-story tower with the adaptive reuse of a historically significant landmark. Designed by Charles Coolidge Haight and built by John Jacob Astor in 1884, 455 Central Park West is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally built as the first cancer hospital in America, later converted to a nursing home and eventually vacated in the early 1970s.

For more on this story, please visit: www.architectmagazine.com

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Michelangelo Divine Draftsman & Designer at The Met Fifth Avenue

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), a towering genius in the history of Western art, is the subject of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. During his long life, Michelangelo was celebrated for the excellence of his disegno, the power of drawing and invention that provided the foundation for all the arts. For his mastery of drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, he was called Il Divino ("the divine one") by his contemporaries. His powerful imagery and dazzling technical virtuosity transported viewers and imbued all of his works with a staggering force that continues to enthrall us today.

At The Met Fifth Avenue: November 13, 2017 - February 12, 2018

For more on this exhibition visit: www.metmuseum.org

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Columbia University School of Journalism, New York, NY

Recognizing the ascendancy of electronic communication, video broadcasting and computer-produced print, Columbia called on PKSB to convert its journalism building into The Center for New Media, the first such building of its kind. Conceived as a combination of flexible spaces gathered around a central hub, the school engages outstanding scholars who frequently win the Pulitzer Prize.

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Behind the McKim, Mead and White façade, the interior was radically reconfigured to accommodate emerging information technology systems and their space requirements. In order to facilitate an uninterrupted flow of information within the solid structure, the circulatory systems and technological networks determined the internal layout and its divisions. The architecture captures the movement of information by partially disclosing the cables and wiring contained within it. Using CAD technology, PKSB created diagrams that were layered over the open floor plans to generate a series of models towards a final design.

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As rapid technological change is expected to continue, flexibility and adaptability were maximized. The World Room enables the introduction of an experimental curriculum where presentations, lectures, and conferences can be staged simultaneously using state-of-the-art equipment for research. Overall, the Center provides unrivaled facilities for students and faculty, and offers a progressive image for a school that remains at the head of its class.

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Flatiron holiday installation provides festive respite from the city

If you’re craving holiday cheer in Manhattan, Brooklyn-based Future Expansion’s festive seasonal installation in the Flatiron is now open.

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Urbanist nonprofit and installation co-sponsor Van Alen Institute unveiled the winning design in October, and it recently released images of Flatiron Reflection, the final design by winner Future Expansion, comprised of shimmering semi enclosure of metal tubes and sited across from the Flatiron building. The installation resembles a public pipe organ, with a white base that floats above the ground. Niches on the outside are meant for close huddles, while the interior allows for quieter contemplation of the busy 23rd Street intersection near Madison Square Park.

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For more on this story visit: www.archpaper.com

Hudson Yards Vessel Sculpture by Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick’s $150 million Vessel sculpture has topped out only eight months after beginning construction. The freestanding staircase is set to anchor phase one of the Hudson Yards megaproject when it opens in 2019, when the five-acre public plaza where Vessel sits, opens to the public.

For more on this story visit www.archpaper.com

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