Building of the Day:
October 2014

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1 Wednesday

Tour Time: 12:00

Ennead Architects
425 Lafayette Street,
Manhattan

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The Public Theater at Astor Place
Tour Time: 12:00

The most recent phase of Ennead Architects’ ongoing renovation of The Public Theater, the façade restoration and entry/lobby redesign, celebrates an important New York City landmark and revitalizes the identity of the institution. Design goals for the project were to preserve the historic structure and façade and to enrich the theater experience with a dramatic new sequence of arrival, enlarged lobby and modern patron amenities. The design’s careful blend of modern and historic elements reflects the nature of the acclaimed theatrical work for which The Public Theater is renowned – both traditional and experimental. This revitalization continues the successful adaptive reuse of this important New York City landmark, making the building more welcoming, vibrant and accessible for all New Yorkers.

Tour Guide: Stephen Chu, AIA, Associate Partner

Price: $10

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Alexander Severin / Razummedia

2 Thursday

Tour Time: 12:00

Morris Adjmi Architects and AA Studio
250 Bowery Street,
Manhattan

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250 Bowery
Tour Time: 12:00

250 Bowery is an eight-story building with 24 condominium units that include duplex penthouses, rooftop gardens, and ground-level retail space. The design was conceived of as a contemporary loft building with a façade of factory-sash, floor-to-ceiling windows framed with wide-flanged, powder-coated aluminum steel beams and columns. The sober façade stands in striking contrast to the hodgepodge mix of nineteenth-century tenements and commercial brick buildings that line the street.

Mohammad Rajab is a Project Director at MA, having joined the firm in 2005.  He has worked on a wide variety of projects including The Wythe Hotel, Wilf Hall, and 11 North Moore.  Born in Los Angeles CA, Rajab grew up in the Washington DC metropolitan area and holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Tour Guide: Mohammad Rajab, Project Director, Morris Adjmi Architects

Price: $10

This tour is sold out.  Please email Julia Cohen, Archtober Coordinator (archtober@aiany.org) to be added to the waiting list.

© James Ewing

3 Friday

Tour Time: 12:00

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
65 Fifth Avenue,
Manhattan

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University Center, The New School
Tour Time: 12:00

Located at the intersection of 14th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan, this new multipurpose facility is the “heart” of The New School. The LEED® Gold building provides space for all aspects of a traditional campus, with 200,000 square feet of academic space on the first seven floors and 150,000 square feet for a 600-bed dormitory on the levels above.

Interactive spaces are dispersed vertically throughout the section to activate all levels of the building. Tying them together are three iconic stairs that weave their way through the building, providing ample opportunities for encounters. This structure creates hives of activity that are traced along the facade with large glass windows. In between these interactive zones are long, loft-style spaces that house 50,000 square feet of design studios, classrooms, and computing labs.

The extensive academic program includes 19 fashion studios, 17 drawing studios, 12 classrooms, and seven science labs. Program adjacencies are intentionally planned to promote collaboration and spontaneous interactions within generous circulation and social spaces. The building also includes an 800-seat auditorium, a common central library, a large cafeteria, a 2,200-square-foot faculty resource room, 15 faculty offices, three student lounges, and a two-level lobby/café.

Tour Guides: Roger Duffy, AIA, Partner, SOM; Lia Gartner, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President for Design, Construction and Facilities Management, The New School; Colin Koop, AIA, Associate Director, SOM

Price: $10

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© Naho Kubata

4 Saturday

Tour Time: 12:00

Andrew Berman Architect
132 Canal Street,
Staten Island

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Stapleton Library
Tour Time: 12:00

The New York Public Library commissioned this new branch library for Stapleton, Staten Island. The existing 1907 Carrere and Hastings Carnegie Library was renovated with a new 7,000 square foot building located alongside. The library was conceived as a modern and vital public institution that will contribute to the revitalization of the urban center of Stapleton.

The new facility is a seamless assembly of the new and old. The Carnegie Library became the Children’s Reading Room. The new structure is constructed of glue laminated Douglas fir posts, beams and joists, with a Douglas fir roof deck. The framed structure is exposed. The structurally glazed façade was “applied” to the structural posts within the building. The library is designed to be an open, accessible, and intimate building.

Tour Guide: Andrew Berman, Principal

Price: $10

Norman McGrath

5 Sunday

Tour Time: 12:00

RZAPS - Ricardo Zurita Architecture & Planning, P.C.
One Randall’s Island,
Manhattan

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Sportime/John McEnroe Tennis Academy
Tour Time: 12:00

The Sportime/John McEnroe Tennis Academy is the largest public tennis facility built in New York City in half a century. The project is a key component of the redevelopment of Randall’s Island into a city wide destination for sports and active recreation.

Built on a six acre site, the design includes a 20-court complex with five permanently enclosed and fifteen seasonal indoor/outdoor courts, a 16,000 SF clubhouse, stadium seating for 1,200 spectators which expands to 2,500 during tournament events, and plazas. The large building, clad in metal panels in blue and bright green, contains five courts, clubhouse and stadium. Fifteen courts are covered seasonally with air-supported membrane structures.

The design incorporates numerous environmental strategies, including a unique ventilation system for the 5 enclosed courts. Abundant natural light is brought into both ends of the courts in the metal building by the slight rotation of the clubhouse.

Tour Guide: Ricardo Zurita, AIA, LEED BD + C, Principal

Price: $10

Michael Patrick Finley

6 Monday

Tour Time: 10:00am

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Central Park West & 67th Street,
Manhattan

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Tavern on the Green
Tour Time: 10:00am

Originally designed as a sheepfold with caretaker’s housing by Jacob Wrey Mould in 1871, Tavern on the Green is one of the city’s finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture and one of the park’s most treasured landmark buildings.  Sixty years later, Parks Commissioner Robert Moses relocated the sheep to Prospect Park in Brooklyn and converted the Sheepfold into a moderately priced restaurant named Tavern on the Green, which opened to the public in 1934.  For the next 75 years, Tavern on the Green was managed by a series of restaurant concessionaires and underwent extensive renovations and additions, expanding the capacity of the original restaurant from 10,000 sf to 31,500 sf and concealing its historic character.

Beginning with a conditions assessment, the Swanke Hayden Connell Architects team designed and oversaw the core and shell restoration to rehabilitate the restaurant.  Reducing the square footage to 14,436 sf, the more recent additions to the 1871 barn structure and 1934 restaurant modifications were removed to reveal original architectural elements, which were restored and missing or badly deteriorated components were recreated.   The restaurant’s central courtyard was restored and  a contemporary compatible glass dining addition with clear views out to Central Park created.  The goal of the project was to make the restaurant accessible to the community, while being respectful of its history.

Tour Guides: Elizabeth Moss, Director of Historic Preservation; Joseph Aliotta, AIA, Principal

Price: $10

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© Slade Architecture

7 Tuesday

Tour Time: 1:30pm

Slade Architecture in collaboration with the Virgin Atlantic in-house Design Team
John F. Kennedy International Airport,
Queens

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at JFK
Tour Time: 1:30pm

Tour Guides: Jeremy Brown. Senior Design Manager – Customer Experience, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.; Hayes Slade, AIA; James Slade, AIA, LEED-AP; Callie Tedder-Hares, Senior Designer, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd and Clementina Cracroft, US Regional Clubhouse Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.

Price: $10

All attendees must register online and send names and birthdates to Julia Cohen, Archtober Coordinator (archtober@aiany.org), by Thursday, October 2.

James Ewing Photography

8 Wednesday

Tour Time: 3:00pm

Davis Brody Bond
Liberty Street,
Manhattan

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National September 11 Memorial Museum
Tour Time: 3:00pm

The recently opened National September 11 Memorial Museum, located at the World Trade Center site, tells the stories of individuals and communities affected by the events of 9/11. The design concept grew out of the enormous and emotionally powerful void that was the recovered site. The architectural journey, supported by key artifacts and the in-situ remains of the Twin Towers, affords an affective and uniquely personal encounter for each visitor, allowing one to re-connect with one’s own memories and emotions. The pace of the sequence, the progressive disclosure of the site and space as one descends, and implicit reference to our memories of past structures and places at the World Trade Center are tools by which the architecture facilitates a personal realization and response to the story of September 11.

Tour Guides: Steven M. Davis, FAIA, Carl F. Krebs, AIA and Mark Wagner, AIA, Davis Brody Bond, LLP

Price: $35

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Ole Sondresen

9 Thursday

Tour Time: 12:00

Ole Sondresen Architect
58 Kent Street,
Brooklyn

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Kickstarter
Tour Time: 12:00

This 29,000 SF adaptive re-use of one of Greenpoint’s landmarked pencil factories provides a multi-functional work environment for all of Kickstarter’s 120 employees and operations.  The design includes an 8,500sf habitable green roof and 17-ft high interior spaces which house a gallery, a theater, offices, conference rooms, indoor bicycle parking, cafeteria and library. Steel trusses from the former roof were re-used to frame a central courtyard that brings plenty of natural daylight into all levels of the interior and provides views of a fern grove, flowering trees, birds, butterflies and a rain chain. The 40ft high, 74-seat theater provides Kickstarter with a high-tech, multi-media venue for guest lecturers, film screenings, music concerts and drama productions for both the larger community and for internal functions. Additionally, a vast 1600sf gallery with 17ft high ceilings will open up for public exhibitions of local artists’ work and other community-based events. The planted rooftop has an area dedicated to supporting and nurturing a staff operated vegetable, fruit and herb garden to provide healthy office snacks.

Sustainable Highlights:
-Adaptive re-use of an abandoned factory building
-Reuse of 380 linear feet of former roof trusses to support window wall
-Recycled denim insulation throughout
-40% recycled fly-ash used in all poured concrete structures
-Mill work package uses 80% reclaimed material
-Low energy LED lighting used in 95% of fixtures
-8500sf green roof plantings absorb city Co2 emissions and reduce the urban heat-island effect
-Composting and recycling facilities onsite
-Healthy acoustics
-Low or zero VOC finishes throughout

Tour Guide: Shannon Ferguson

Price: $10

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© Michael Moran

10 Friday

Tour Time: 11:00am

Clive Wilkinson Architects
112 West 20th Street,
Manhattan

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The Barbarian Group
Tour Time: 11:00am

The Barbarian Group, a new generation internet advertising agency, required a workspace design that would foster collaboration and transparency in their growing company, and challenge their creativity. They leased a 23,000 SF loft in the New York garment district to house their 125 employees which we surgically gutted to create a large open space.

Since conventional office tools are now largely redundant, people simply need flat surfaces to work on and easily accessible places to meet and collaborate. The team got excited about the idea of massively simplifying this concept by uniting all employees at a kind of ‘endless table’. Like an electrical wire, the table surface itself becomes a medium for connecting and centering a community.

The plywood structure rises from the existing oak floor as pony walls supporting the table. Because the movement routes bisect the space, we lifted the table to fly over pathways and maintain surface continuity. The resulting grotto-like spaces underneath the ‘arches’ can accommodate meetings for up to 8 people, provide private focused workspace or high counter workspace, and house bookshelves and other storage.

After being initially drawn by hand and then molded in a physical model, the plywood supporting structure was thereafter entirely shaped in the computer. A detailed computer model was constructed by the architects and analyzed by the engineer, and then laser-cut in sections off-site by robots. The resulting 1,100 foot long table is an ethereal pearlescent white, with a clear epoxy coating, to further emphasize the fluid nature of the table.

Tour Guides: Clive Wilkinson, FAIA and RIBA, President and Design Director, and Gen Robles

Price: $10

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11 Saturday

Tour Time: 12:00

Marble Fairbanks
256-04 Union Turnpike,
Queens

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Glen Oaks Branch Library
Tour Time: 12:00

Glen Oaks Branch Library was designed to replace an existing one story facility with a new 18,000 sf, high performance, LEED certified building located at the juncture of a low scale commercial/institutional area with a suburban residential neighborhood.  The program includes reading rooms on all three levels, a cybercenter, and community meeting spaces.

As the building area required is double that allowable by zoning, half of the interior spaces are placed below grade. A double-height space adjacent to the building entry and three strip skylights in the plaza bring light through a contoured ceiling to define more specific reading areas in the reading room below. The profile of the contoured ceiling is read at the double-height space, making a visual connection between the plaza surface and the ceiling surface, accentuating the artificiality of the ground. The landscape strategy takes into account the ground surface’s dual role as an outdoor public space and its inversion as the roof of the cellar below, exploring the relationship between artifice and nature.

The above grade massing and material treatment responds to the very different site conditions on each elevation, while the interior library spaces are open plans with reading rooms on all three levels.

A large picture-window along the front elevation provides views into and out of the second floor children’s area, while also satisfying the Library’s desire to provide a civic identity to the community. Other exterior materials merge the scale of the library and its residential adjacencies including channel glazing and fiber cement board paneling.

Tour Guide: Karen Fairbanks, AIA

Price: Free

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12 Sunday

Tour Time: 12:00

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
100 West Street,
Manhattan

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The Pavilion at Brookfield Place
Tour Time: 12:00

As a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the World Trade Center and World Financial Center were disconnected.  Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ Pavilion at Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center) is the new physical and symbolic link between Battery Park City’s beloved Winter Garden and the newly completed Concourse that is part of the World Trade Center’s reconstruction.   A key component in the reconfigured local network of pedestrian movement, the Pavilion is a clear and open entrance that will welcome over 35,000 workers, residents, and tourists daily upon completion of two nearby transportation projects—the new PATH Station and MTA NYC Transit Fulton Street Transit Center with its Dey Street Passage.  The Pavilion’s design, with its curved steel columns rising with expressive grace, appropriately marks a significant gateway for public circulation in the reshaping of Lower Manhattan.

The tour will be conducted by Craig Copeland, Design Team Leader of the Pavilion project and Associate Partner in the New York studio of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the Design Architects for the Pavilion.  It will include firsthand accounts of the Pavilion’s 12 year design — an overview of the project from conception to fabrication—focusing on the iconic basket structures, the point-supported enclosures, and the sustainable radiant floor.  There will be a brief walk from the Pavilion into the Concourse, 50 feet below the ground level, and then to the Winter Garden’s mezzanine overlook.

Tour Guide: Craig Copeland, AIA, Associate Partner in the New York studio of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Price: $10

Benjamin Kracauer

13 Monday

Tour Time: 12:00

Archimuse
12 Eldridge Street,
Manhattan

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The Museum at Eldridge Street
Tour Time: 12:00

The Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in the Eldridge Street Synagogue – an 1887 National Historic Landmark – opened a new visitor center and permanent exhibition in 2014. Join architects Benjamin D. Kracauer and Reuben Jackson for a tour of the newly opened space as they share their vision and plans for the center. Museum Deputy Director Amy Stein-Milford will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the synagogue’s magnificent restored sanctuary.

Tour Guides: Thomas B. Kracauer, Graphic Designer; Reuben Jackson, RA, Archimuse;  Amy Stein-Milford, Museum at Eldridge Street

Price: Free

© Bruce Damonte, courtesy of WORKac

14 Tuesday

Tour Time: 12:00

WORKac
150 Varick Street, 6th floor,
Manhattan

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Wieden+Kennedy
Tour Time: 12:00

Renowned advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy has developed a global reputation for innovative work dating back to their early Nike campaigns in the 1980s. The agency’s Portland headquarters designed by Allied Works cemented Wieden+Kennedy’s position as a patron of architecture, which has continued with the design of their offices around the world. WORKac’s design for the agency’s 50,000 sq ft office embraces urban density as its motto: a minimal compression of individual work spaces that opens up room for a gradient of diverse collective spaces.

The design for Wieden+Kennedy New York moves away from the office-as-playground to put work back at the heart of creative work. After a foray into the history of the workplace, research revealed that while advertising agencies have always been at the forefront of cutting-edge office design, no single workplace trend has replaced those that came before. Rather, the ways that people work have continued to evolve, layer and multiply.

Tour Guide: Sam Dufaux, Associate Principal, WORKac

Price: $10

This tour is sold out.  Please email Julia Cohen, Archtober Coordinator (archtober@aiany.org) to be added to the waiting list.

© Greg Irikura, 2014

15 Wednesday

Tour Time: 10:30am

SLAB Architecture / INABA
220 West 18th Street,
Manhattan

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Red Bull Studios New York
Tour Time: 10:30am

Completed in 2013, the 19,000 SF Red Bull Music Studios New York includes a full recording and production studio, event space, lecture room, gallery, bar, radio broadcasting studio, and lounges.

Tour Guide: Jeffrey Inaba

Price: $10

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Garrison Architects

16 Thursday

Tour Time: 12:00

Garrison Architects
Cadman Plaza East & Red Cross Place,
Brooklyn

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Post-Disaster Urban Interim Housing
Tour Time: 12:00

Developed for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, Garrison Architects was hired by American Manufactured Structures and Services (AMSS) to design a modular post-disaster housing prototype for displaced city residents in the event of a catastrophic natural or manmade disaster. The multi-story, multi-family units can be deployed in less than 15 hours, in various arrangements calibrated for challenging urban conditions.

The aim is to create a blueprint for post-disaster housing by utilizing the latest construction technology in conjunction with stringent requirements for safety, sustainability, durability, and universal design. The modules are infinitely flexible: they can be deployed in vacant lots, private yards, or public spaces. When needed, the modules are trucked to a site, craned into place, and plugged into utilities.

With 1- and 3-bedroom configurations, every unit features a living area, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and storage space. Units are built with completely recyclable materials, cork floors, zero formaldehyde, a double-insulated shell, and floor-to-ceiling balcony entry doors with integrated shading to lower solar-heat gain, provide larger windows, and add more habitable space. Units can be equipped with photovoltaic panels, which will not only alleviate pressure on the city grid, but also ensure the units are self-sustaining.

Tour Guides: Jim Garrison and Jeff Stewart

Price: $10

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© John Horner Photography

17 Friday

Tour Time: 12:00

KVA Matx
E 35th Street at FDR Drive,
Manhattan

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East 34th Street Ferry Terminal
Tour Time: 12:00

The East 34th St Ferry Terminal is a multi-modal public transit hub linking NYC Citi Bike, NYC MTA, Taxi and Ferry Boat connections between Manhattan and the East River. The Ferry Terminal strengthens the City’s sustainable waterfront transportation system and encourages the public use of Pier 34, the urban riverfront and the adjacent land along the East River Esplanade. This public project was commissioned by the NYC EDC, the NYC DOT, and the Parks Department and was reviewed and approved with five NYC Community Boards along the East River.

The Ferry Terminal design is guided by principles of resilient or “soft “infrastructure where architecture, natural eco-systems, and digital networks are integrated by design. The use of steel is minimized through an innovative lightweight triangulated column structure and a tensile textile roof canopy, the first in the United States. The project is constructed with digitally fabricated building components that were shop-built and transported on-site for rapid construction. The reflective and translucent materials of the Ferry Terminal architecture reflect the changing, natural effects of light and water. The project harnesses New York City’s underutilized Maritime Global Positioning System for public use to provide intelligent real-time transportation scheduling (ITS) and public WI-FI. An interactive environmental sensor system monitors the tide levels, water speed and current direction of the East River Estuary. These flows of water are made public through subtle changes in the color and direction of LED lighting in the Terminal’s roof canopy, creating a new civic urban infrastructure.

Tour Guide: Frano Violich, FAIA, KVA Matx

Price: $10

Tom Powel Imaging

18 Saturday

Tour Time: 12:00

Architecture in Formation
40 Vanderbilt Avenue,
Brooklyn

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Navy Green Supportive Housing
Tour Time: 12:00

Navy Green Supportive Housing is a 98-unit supportive housing facility for chronically homeless people with mental illness and/or chemical addiction, owned and managed by Pratt Area Community Council. It is part of the winning Navy Green development for NYC HPD’s Brig Site.

Navy Green both “fits in” and “stands proud”.  The bold red beacon captures the vibrant diversity and the industrial grittiness of this slice of Brooklyn. The façade recalls BQE tail lights, the patchwork of red brick townhouses across the street, and the industrial heritage of the Navy Yard.

Inside, the unique double-height lobby becomes a nexus of communal activity. The “ramphitheater”, a giant switch-back ADA ramp-cum-auditorium-cum-chill-out space, negotiates a 42” grade change between street and courtyard. Floating overhead is the residents’ lounge bridge, a place to read, play cards, or watch tv. It’s lit by day with front and back 2-story glass walls, and at night by a “vine” of fluorescent tubes. Here arriving home, checking one’s mail, or gossiping with a neighbor is celebrated. Stairwells are flooded with daylight and painted bright orange. Each residential floor is painted a unique hue of blue-green, with bold super-graphics announcing each floor and unit entry door.

Tour Guides: Matthew Bremer, AIA, Architecture in Formation; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

Price: $10

© Iwan Baan

19 Sunday

Tour Time: 3:00pm

Steven Holl Architects
Broadway & 218th Street,
Manhattan

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Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University
Tour Time: 3:00pm

On the corner of West 218th street and Broadway—the northernmost edge of Manhattan—the Campbell Sports Center forms a new gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex, the primary athletics facility for Columbia University’s outdoor sports program.

The LEED-Gold Campbell Sports Center is the new cornerstone of the revitalized Baker Athletics Complex and provides increased program space for the entire intercollegiate athletics program. The facility houses strength and conditioning spaces, offices for varsity sports, theater-style meeting rooms, a hospitality suite and student study rooms.

Designed by Steven Holl and Chris McVoy, the building aims at serving the mind, the body and the mind/body for aspiring scholar-athletes. The design concept “points on the ground, lines in space”—like field play diagrams used for football, soccer, and baseball—develops from point foundations on the sloping site.

The Campbell Sports Center is a building that creates and is experienced through partial urban views. It frames the entrance to Baker Field, looking back it brackets the apartment building across the street. The building brings a new awareness to the movement and diversity of the city’s pulse and an appreciation of this northern end of Manhattan island, while the athletic activity inside resonates with the city’s orchestrated movement of trains, traffic, people and changing light—a small corner of new life in this diverse neighborhood.

Tour Guide: Olaf Schmidt, Steven Holl Architects

Price: $10

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101 Spring Street © Judd Foundation. All rights reserved. Photo: Joshua White

20 Monday

Tour Time: 12:00

Architecture Research Office; Walter B. Melvin Architects
101 Spring Street,
Manhattan

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Donald Judd Home and Studio
Tour Time: 12:00

Donald Judd purchased 101 Spring Street, an 1870 cast-iron building designed by Nicolas Whyte, in 1968, and the building housed his studio and living quarters until his death in 1994. The building is considered the birthplace of Donald Judd’s influential concept of “permanent installation,” in which the installation of an artwork is critical to experiencing and understanding that work.  In his will, Judd reaffirmed that concept by directing that his properties be preserved as they were in perpetuity, leading to the formation of Judd Foundation. Judd Foundation opened to the public in June 2013 following an intensive three-year restoration, which enabled public access and preserved the historic façade for generations to come. Visits to 101 Spring Street are led by trained Artist Guides. These casual walkthroughs offer visitors direct engagement with Donald Judd’s art and vision and allow time and space for reflective contemplation of Judd’s installed spaces. Opening remarks will be provided by restoration architect Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, Principal, Architecture Research Office.

Tour Guide: Michelle Saliola, Director of Programs, Judd Foundation

Price: $35

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Courtesy of OLIN

20 Monday

Tour Time: 12:00

OLIN
1000 Fifth Avenue

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art David H. Koch Plaza
Tour Time: 12:00

Special bonus Building of the Day tour!

Tour Guide: Scott Dismukes, OLIN; Dennis McGlade, OLIN

Price: $10

Photo Credit: Joshua White-Judd Foundation Archives Image © Judd Foundation

20 Monday

Tour Time: 12:00PM

Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, Principal, Architecture Research Office.
101 Spring Street, Manhattan

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Donald Judd Home and Studio
Tour Time: 12:00PM

Donald Judd purchased 101 Spring Street, an 1870 cast-iron building designed by Nicolas Whyte, in 1968, and the building housed his studio and living quarters until his death in 1994. The building is considered the birthplace of Donald Judd’s influential concept of “permanent installation,” in which the installation of an artwork is critical to experiencing and understanding that work. In his will, Judd reaffirmed that concept by directing that his properties be preserved as they were in perpetuity, leading to the formation of Judd Foundation. Judd Foundation opened to the public in June 2013 following an intensive three-year restoration, which enabled public access and preserved the historic façade for generations to come. Visits to 101 Spring Street are led by trained Artist Guides. These casual walkthroughs offer visitors direct engagement with Donald Judd’s art and vision and allow time and space for reflective contemplation of Judd’s installed spaces. Opening remarks will be provided by restoration architect Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, Principal, Architecture Research Office.

© Latent Productions

21 Tuesday

Tour Time: 12:00

Latent Productions
285 Third Avenue,
Brooklyn

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Runner & Stone
Tour Time: 12:00

Runner & Stone is a bakery-bar-restaurant in Gowanus Brooklyn, where the synergy of prime building materials – concrete, steel, and light – is as hand-crafted as the food. Occupying three visually intertwined levels organized around a planted light court, oblique views throughout the space engage sky, street, and an iconic adjacent rooftop water tower.

Simplicity of material, elegant detailing, and open sightlines create an environment that transitions from pre-dawn baking to early-morning café followed by a casual lunch and formal dining space. Raw steel plates form the bar and storefront; redwood planks reclaimed from NYC water towers were transformed into custom furniture; and 50-pound flour sacks, emptied by the baker, were repurposed as the formwork for nearly 1,000 gently swollen custom concrete building units, fabricated on site. Each of Latent’s “belly blocks” is uniquely shaped, forming billowing walls of concrete that thread through the dining spaces, up the building’s stairwell, and into the residences above. Re-casting the typical concrete masonry unit, these elegantly bloated blocks provide structural enclosure, finish surface, and necessary fire-separation between commercial, common, and residential territories of the building. The apparent softness of these voluptuous pre-fabricated concrete blocks entices one to caress, but once cured, their firmness is unyielding.

The tour will include sweet and savory samples from the bakery and kitchen!

Tour Guides: Karla Rothstein, AIA, Latent Productions; Sal Perry, Latent Productions;Peter Endriss, Head Baker at Runner & Stone; Chris Pizzulli, Executive Chef at Runner & Stone

Price: $10

Chris Cooper

22 Wednesday

Tour Time: 12:30

FXFOWLE Epstein
655 West 34th Street,
Manhattan

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Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Tour Time: 12:30

Located on four city blocks on the far west side of Manhattan, the Javits Center is New York City’s primary venue for trade shows and conventions. A megastructure designed in 1979 by I. M. Pei and Partners, it was conceived as a new incarnation of Joseph Paxton’s 1851 Crystal Palace in London. But while the vision for the Javits was advanced at the time—the building’s space frame structural system of interconnected trusses is the largest in the world—the necessary material technology, funding, and political will were lacking.

FXFOWLE Epstein’s work on the Javits Center restored its technological promise and overhauled its environmental and quality-of-life impact. The project includes a complete renovation and modernization, a northward expansion, and a comprehensive sustainability strategy. The building’s appearance, systems, urban linkages, and day-to-day performance have been transformed, the original space frame and overall functionality maintained.

Tour Guide: Bruce Fowle

Price: $10

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23 Thursday

Tour Time: 12:00

Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP
7 East 12th Street,
Manhattan

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New York University, School of Professional Studies
Tour Time: 12:00

The NYU SPS new flagship Academic Center consolidates various degree programs that were previously located throughout the city. The School completed a gut renovation of the 125,000 GSF, former Fairchild Print Press building in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, originally constructed in the late 1940s. The project scope includes renovation of all floors to provide new classrooms, conference rooms, and administrative spaces; complete replacement of the south building façade; and installation of an all new infrastructure for the facility.  In replacing the south façade, the goal was to provide SPS with a new, lasting image calibrated to the scale and dynamic character of the neighborhood. The clear glass curtain wall amplifies transparency and the interaction between the street life and the activity in the building. External sunshades introduce scale and detail while staggered vertical panels of diachronic glass bring an element of whimsy typical in the Greenwich Village streets.  The new facility embodies the School’s mission to foster lifelong learning and opportunities for collaboration across communities and programs, as well as the University at large.

Price: $10

Christopher Talbot

24 Friday

Tour Time: 12:00

Kushner Studios
63 Flushing Avenue,
Brooklyn

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Kings County Distillery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Tour Time: 12:00

Kings County Distillery, founded in 2010, is New York City’s oldest post-prohibition whiskey distillery. It found a home at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2012 in Building 121, just steps away from the legendary site of the Whiskey Wars of the 1860s and the former distillery district of the waterfront. The brick building, known as the Paymaster Building, was originally constructed in 1899 and was moved within the Yard to its current location near the historic Sand Street Gate in 1918. During WWII it served as the War Savings Bond Office and as the Senior Petty Officer’s Club. The building has been restored and transformed under the direction of Kushner Studios and features copper gooseneck whiskey stills fabricated in Scotland and small corn and barley farm onsite.

All visitors must be 18 or older.

Tour Guides: John Bedard, Kushner Studios; Colin Spoelman, Kings County Distillery

Price: $18

Courtesy of Silverstein Properties

25 Saturday

Tour Time: 11:00am

Maki and Associates
150 Greenwich Street,
Manhattan

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4 World Trade Center
Tour Time: 11:00am

Tour Guides: Mary Dietz and Sam Sassa

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SLO Architecture

26 Sunday

Tour Time: 12:00

SLO Architecture
Middletown Road & Westchester Avenue,
Bronx

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Middletown Road Station
Tour Time: 12:00

MTA Arts & Design commissioned Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture to create sculptural steel panels at Middletown Road Station.  The work, titled “Cross-Bronx Waterway,” shows the journey of the 6 Subway Line Icon line as it weaves through the neighborhood.  It was fabricated by AMI-Metal industries.

© 1100 Architect

27 Monday

Tour Time: 12:00

1100 Architect
160 West 100th Street,
Manhattan

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Riverside Health Center
Tour Time: 12:00

The Riverside Health Center is part of the NYC Department of Design and Construction Design Excellence Program and is managed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Renovated and expanded by 1100 Architect, the new Riverside Health Center supports the physical and mental well-being of its community members.

The design team collaborated with several city agencies on the development of architectural and interior solutions that modernize the existing Mid Century building with all new energy efficient building systems while realizing full ceiling heights and incorporating materials void of institutional qualities. Additionally, the design emphasis on the building’s staircases encourages physical activity; the results have become part of the city’s Active Design Guidelines and have led to the creation of a new LEED Innovation Credit.

Materiality, light and detail, along with an uplifting color palette, work in unison to promote the Riverside Health Center’s mission and program. As part of the City of New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, artist Richard Artschwager was selected to provide an art installation which increases the accessibility and visibility of art throughout the city. The newly opened Center is on track to receive LEED Silver certification.

Snøhetta/MIR

28 Tuesday

Tour Time: 12:00

Snøhetta
Broadway and Seventh Avenue (West 42nd to West 47th Streets),
Manhattan

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Times Square Reconstruction
Tour Time: 12:00

In 2010, the New York City Department of Design and Construction and the New York City Department of Transportation selected Snøhetta to lead the design of the new public spaces in Times Square. While the site has long been an icon for entertainment, culture and urban life, the physical and operational conditions of the streets, sidewalks and sub-surface infrastructure such as sewers, have deteriorated over time, detracting from the functionality and safety of this critical crossroads.

Snøhetta’s commission came on the heels of the NYC Department of Transportation’s “Green Light for Midtown” pilot project in 2009, which used temporary paving and street furniture to close Broadway to vehicular traffic between 42nd–47th Streets, an initiative originally intended to improve safety and alleviate traffic conditions. The hugely-successful pedestrian-only public spaces moved the DOT to permanently re-define Times Square with a three-fold purpose: to upgrade crucial utility infrastructure; provide event infrastructure for new and expanded public events; and make permanent the temporary improvements that the City piloted in 2009.

The project site, known as the “Bowtie”, forms the heart of the Times Square theater district, and is bounded by Broadway and 7th Avenue between 42nd and 47th streets.  Snøhetta’s design is inspired by Times Square’s past and its rich entertainment history – a duality that influenced both the larger concept and the project’s details. The proposal creates an integrated and iconic multi-functional public space that reflects the best of Times Square and New York City.

According to Craig Dykers, “Our goal is to improve the quality and atmosphere of this historic site for tourists and locals, pedestrians and bicyclists, while reducing the traffic impediments so the “Crossroads of the World” will retain its edge while refining its floor.

Times Square’s signature buildings and spectacular signs – the glowing walls of the Bowtie – create an outdoor room right in the heart of Manhattan. Snohetta’s design creates uncluttered pedestrian zones and a cohesive surface from building front to building front that reinforces the Bowtie’s role as an outdoor stage. This clear and simple ground surface made of pre-cast concrete pavers creates a strong anchor for the space, allowing the excitement of Times Square’s commercial components to shine more brightly above.

Tour Guide: Claire Fellman and Nick Koster

Price: $10

© Jonathan Wallen Photography

29 Wednesday

Tour Time: 4:00pm

PBDW Architects
500 25th Street,
Brooklyn

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Green-Wood Cemetery Tranquility Gardens and Chapel / Crematorium
Tour Time: 4:00pm

Brooklyn’s 1838 Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, was the precursor of New York’s Central Park and is one of America’s most picturesque landscapes. PBDW has completed several projects for the Cemetery, two of which are Tranquility Gardens and an addition to the Cemetery’s mid-20th century Chapel. Both of these projects are located adjacent to Richard Upjohn’s 1860s double-portal gate.

Tranquility Gardens explores the columbarium as a building type, fitting more than seven thousand niches into an arc of pavilions focused on a glass obelisk and a reflecting pool. It expands the inventory of commemorative structures in Green-Wood’s extraordinary landscape and makes possible a new experience of space, light, water and flowers by its pools, fountain and under its wood-framed pergolas.

The addition to the neighboring 1950s Chapel includes a second chapel, mausoleum and columbarium. The building’s new façade extends over the original entry to give the building a unified presence. Its low massing, strong horizontals, and shifting planes engage the surrounding Arcadian landscape, while the new design respects the original building’s modernist vocabulary of limestone and white marble trim. The materials and details of the new façade relate the expanded structure to adjacent Tranquility Gardens, while the brown granite rainscreen connects it to the Belleville brownstone of Upjohn’s exuberant entrance.

© Marc Lins

30 Thursday

Tour Time: 12:00

Selldorf Architects
472 2nd Avenue, 29th Street Pier,
Brooklyn

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Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
Tour Time: 12:00

The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is a processing center for New York City’s curbside glass, metal, and plastic recyclables which is being undertaken by Sims Municipal Recycling and the City of New York. Selldorf designed the 11 acre master plan which devotes 20% of the site to greenspace and creates distinct circulation systems to safely separate visitors from the truck delivery route. The 140,000 sf facility includes a Tipping Building, where recyclables arrive by barge; Processing Building; Bale Storage Building; and Visitor Center and Administration Building, where students and the public can both view and learn more about recycling. The facility will make a major environmental contribution to New York City by allowing recyclables to be delivered by barge—a strategy which minimizes the distance collection trucks must travel and eliminates 240,000 miles of annual vehicle travel from City roadways. Recycled materials are used throughout: site fill is made from a composite of recycled glass, asphalt, and rock reclaimed from the Second Avenue subway construction; metal buildings are 98% recycled steel; and visitor plazas are finished with recycled glass. Other sustainable strategies being implemented include one of the largest application of photovoltaics in New York City, a forthcoming wind turbine which will generate 10% of the facility’s power, and bioswales for stormwater management.

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31 Friday

Tour Time: 12:00

Cooper Joseph Studio
1220 Fifth Avenue,
Manhattan

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Starlight at the City Museum
Tour Time: 12:00

Starlight is a dazzling focal point and new attraction for the City Museum’s main entry space—a brilliant new light installation suspended above the Rotunda. Conceived by Cooper Joseph Studio as a perfect circle in elevation, it accentuates the Rotunda’s sweeping circular staircase. The 5,283 points of light boldly complement the City Museum’s 1932 neo-Georgian home, reflecting its mission to connect the city’s past and present. From the Museum’s entrance, only the lower area of the circular volume is visible. Then, as one ascends to the second floor, the full form emerges. Using state of the art technology, the piece needs minimal energy and generates virtually no heat. It is also among the museum’s most photographed features.

Tour Guides: Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, Partner at Cooper Joseph Studio, and Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York

Price: $10