Blog: Wrapping Up New York Trip

by | 08. Nov 2012


By Kirsten Kiser, Editor-In-Chief,

With the exhibition Picasso  Matisse on view at MoMA QNS, Matthew Barney at  the Guggenheim, the Diller + Scofidio retrospective at the Whitney, “Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Dia Art Foundation opening it’s new Museum in Beacon in May and all the exciting new projects on the drawing boards, in construction, or already completed, New York was a haven for architecture and art.


Photo: arcspace Juan Munozuan Mu-oz Spanish, born Madrid, 1953 – 2001 ” Last Conversation Piece, 1994-95″ The figures in Last Conversation Piece stand directly on the ground in Central Park, inviting viewers to become part of the action.

The big news was the selection of Studio Daniel Libeskind for the World Trade Center Site redevelopment.  Unfortunately the revised plan leaves little of Libeskind’s original proposal.


Photo courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind

“I think of creating a ground for activities, for dreams, for speculation, that touch the heart and soul of citizens.”
/Daniel Libeskind

And after a five-month competition  the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announced Diller + Scofidio the winners of the competition to redesign the public spaces on its 16-acre campus.

Diller + Scofidio will work with Fox & Fowle Architects, planners Cooper Robertson & Partners, lighting designers L’Observatoire, landscape architectural Olin Partnership, and graphic design studio 2 X 4 Inc. No images released yet…

Diller + Scofidio’s Eyebeam Atelier in Chelsea will open in 2007 and…


Photo: arcspace

The amazing 96 year old Philip Johnson is still active; his latest New York projects are the three tilted glass pyramids for the Chrysler Trylon Pavilion, and the  Spring Street Residential Tower in SoHo and…

Two recent designs for parabuildings, an addition that transforms the character of an existing structure, come from Norman Foster and Gwathmey Siegel.


Image courtesy Norman Foster and Partners

The host building for Norman Foster’s design for the Hearst Corporation is Hearst’s present home at 959 Eighth Avenue. The parabuilding, a faceted tower of steel and glass that rises 42 stories above the host, is enclosed on three sides by “buildings” formed from the upper floors of the existing building.


Drawing courtesy Gwatmey Siegel

The host building for Gwathmey Siegel’s parabuilding design for the Mid-Manhattan Library is the former Arnold Constable building which is owned by The New York Public Library. The expansion will add an additional eight floors and 117,000 square feet for library service to the existing 139,000 square foot building.

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates have also designed the new United States Mission to the United Nations;  a concrete tower with a cylindrical core of shingled zinc. The windows are narrow slits that become more closely spaced and numerous as the tower rises from base to summit and…


© 2002 Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Morgan Library.

The Morgan Piermont Library start it’s major renovation by Renzo Piano, in association with Beyer Blinder Belle, in May.  The design by Renzo Piano preserves the historic buildings and creates three new modestly scaled pavilions.

More in our upcoming feature.

The New York Times Building, also by Renzo Piano, is scheduled for completion in 2006 and….


Photo: arcspace

Our first visit to the new MoMA QNS, designed by Michael Maltzan, was a lucky double bill of architecture and art with the exhibition, Matisse Picasso, about the visual relationship between their works that marks one of the most fascinating and creative dialogues in the history of art, installed in the generously scaled warehouse galleries.


Photo courtesy MoMA

Arriving by the #7 train from Manhattan you experience the roof as the primary facade; as the train moves past a scattered group of black roof boxes, with white lettering, they slowly align to spell out “M-o-M-A”.


Photo: Jock Pottle/ESTO View of new sculpture garden designed by Yoshio Taniguchi

MoMA QNS will function as MoMA’s home while construction continues on the expansion in Manhattan, by Japanese Yoshio Taniguchi, that will cover nearly a city block and..


Photo: arcspace

A new Michael Graves limestone and brick apartment building is nearing completion on Fifth Avenue and 40th Street and…


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In Scandinavia House, designed by Polshek,  you can eat herring sitting on an Arne Jacobsen chair.  “The entire building is a design exhibition” Polshek has said of the House and….


Photo: arcspace

The Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie on upper Fifth Avenue, with its period black lacquered chairs by Adolf Loos and light fixtures by Josef Hoffman, is known to have the best coffee in the city. The 1914 Neue Gallerie mansion, dedicated to early modern Austrian and German art, was recently renovated by architect Annabelle Selldorf and….


Photo: arcspace

Vitra’s new flagship store, showroom and exhibition space on Ninth Avenue is designed by Lindy Roy, of ROY and…


Photo: arcspace


Photo: arcspace

The Issey Miyaki store, designed by Frank Gehry, features a 25-foot titanium “tornado” and the Gehry designed Condé Nast Cafeteria is still the “hot” lunch spot and….


Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners


Photo ©hypertecture

Richard Meier’s office is designing several apartments in the  Meier designed Perry Street Towers and the Meier designed Restaurant 66 has become the new “In” spot and….


Photo: arcspace

The two 750 feet tall AOL Time Warner Towers at Columbus Circle, with their curving glass and granite facades designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill,  have been added to the West Side skyline. The 879,000 square feet AOL Time Warner Center is scheduled for completion is 2004.
The shopping gallery, with the corridors paved with gray Indian granite bordered in venous green marble from Australia, cobalt-flecked black granite from Russia and snowy Italian marble,  runs from 58th to 60th Street.
With several restaurants, bars and the Rafael Vi-oly designed Jazz Club, where musicians will jam until dawn, the AOL Time Warner Center promises to be lots of fun.

And more…

An addition by Rafael Vi-oly to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, breaking ground this year, is scheduled for completion in 2006 and…

The Vi-oly office also  authored the 2002 master Plan for redeveloping 34 buildings at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in Washington Heights and….

Eric Owen Moss has designed the expansion of the Queens Museum of Art

Enrique Norton’s eight-story glass design for the proposed Brooklyn Library for the Visual and Performing Arts will vibrate with color and reflections and….

The Brooklyn Museum of Art will have a new entrance,  with a glass pavilion and a public plaza,  by Polshek Partnership and…

Polshek Partnership is also designing an addition to New York Hall of Science in Queens.  The addition, called Science City, is a large transparent structure for interactive exhibition.  Scheduled for completion sometime in 2004 and….


Photo: Michael Govan © Dia Art Foundation

In Beacon, on the banks of Hudson River sixty miles north of New York City, the Dia Art Foundation, one of the world’s preeminent contemporary art institutions, is opening a new museum to house its renowned but rarely seen permanent collection, comprising major works of art from the 1960s to the present.

The 300,000-square-foot modernist industrial building, originally a Nabisco printing factory, is undergoing a major renovation before opening to the public
on May 18, 2003 and…

The Beacon Project Space, run by Deputy Director Sara Pasti, presents programs in contemporary art and culture, both local and international, serving as a gathering place for people who are interested in contemporary art, culture and community issues in the Hudson River Valley and…


Photo courtesy United Architects

Following their World Trade Center project the United Architects team will continue to work together as United Architects.
The team is comprised of six progressive design firms including Foreign Office Architects, London; Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles; Imaginary Forces, New York and Los Angeles; Kevin Kennon Architect, New York; Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C., New York; and UNStudio, Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos, Amsterdam.  This international coalition of young architects shares a commitment to define new visions for buildings and cities that reflect the way we live today and…


Photo: arcspace

Matthew Barney’s epic Cremater cycle (1994-2003) fills the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim Museum in a site-specific installation designed by the artist to encapsulate the five part cycle, combining all its varied components into one cohesive whole.  The centerpiece of the installation is a five-channel video piece suspended in the middle of the rotunda and…

In case you missed any of our latest New York features:

Raimund Abraham
Austrian Cultural Forum

Tod Williams Billie Tsin
American Folk Art Museum

Polshek Partnership
Rose Center for Earth and Space