Architecture

Architecture, Green Design, Midtown East, More Top Stories

All photos courtesy of Barret Doherty unless otherwise noted

The new public garden at Philip Johnson’s 550 Madison Avenue building opened this week, the final component of the postmodern landmark’s renovation led by the Olayan Group. Designed by Snøhetta, the lush privately-owned public space (POPS) is located adjacent to 550 Madison in a formerly enclosed mid-block passageway. Increasing the public space at the site by 50 percent, the half-acre garden is now the largest in Midtown East.

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Architecture, Construction Update, Design, Museums, Upper West Side 

The Kenneth C. Griffin Exploration Atrium; Photo: Timothy Schenck/©AMNH

Not only does the American Museum of Natural History’s new center make the museum’s founding dream of building one continuous campus across four city blocks a reality, but it also brings a new architectural gem to New York City. Designed by Jeanne Gang’s Studio Gang, the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation is a dramatic, curving structure, inspired by caves and canyons formed by natural forces. The museum released new photos and provided a media tour of the Gilder Center this week, highlighting its progress on the Upper West Side ahead of the official opening in February.

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Architecture, Design, Features, Policy, Urban Design

Photo credit: Chris Ford via Flickr

A decade ago, an Atlantic hurricane-turned-superstorm named Sandy caught ready-for-anything New York City completely off guard as it raged up the East Coast from the Caribbean to Canada. On October 29, 2012, the city was blindsided by an unanticipated storm surge that flooded streets and subway tunnels and cut power. It took some areas weeks to get the lights back on and, in the best of cases, open for business, and years to rebuild (an effort which is still ongoing). It goes without saying that the city would like this disaster to be the first and last of its kind, but predictions of future environmental impacts are front-page news daily. To that end, experts and innovators in architecture and engineering, government organizations, regulators, and planners have dedicated their efforts–and billions of dollars–to protect the city in a post-Sandy world. But what has really been accomplished–and is the city safer?

Storm clouds, silver linings, but few solutions

Architecture, Design, Events, Greenwich Village

Image courtesy of Sam Lahoz

The annual competition that pits New York City-based architectural firms against each other to carve the best pumpkin is returning on Friday, just in time for Halloween. Known as Pumpkitecture, the event will give onlookers the opportunity to see architects hone their skills in real-time and compete for the big prize, the Pritzkerpumpkin. Pumpkitecture will take place at the Center for Architecture at 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village on October 28 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Get ready to go gourd to gourd

adaptive reuse, Architecture, Design, Queens

All photos courtesy of Sylvester Zawadzki

The 90-year-old Art Deco bathhouse at Jacob Riis Park will be restored to its former glory as a beachfront hub under a $50 million rehabilitation project unveiled Thursday. CBSK Developers and the architect firm Beyer Blinder Belle will transform the iconic, but underutilized, 1932 building into a multi-purpose public space with restaurants, a bar, a pool, event spaces, and a 28-room boutique hotel.

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Architecture, Events

Woodlawn Cemetery; Photo courtesy of Julia Xiao

The annual Open House New York Weekend returns for its 20th year this month and for the first time, the festival will be totally free to attend. OHNY takes place from October 21 through October 23 and offers an up-close look at more than 270 buildings, projects, and other spaces across New York City typically off-limits to the public. Even better, the festival has done away with its $5 reservation fee at places with restricted capacity and has introduced a new lottery system for ticketed locations that will replace its old first-come, first-serve model.

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Architecture, Cool Listings, Interiors, Upstate

Photos courtesy of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

A well-preserved mid-century prefab home in New York designed by prolific architect Frank Lloyd Wright hit the market this week. Surrounded by woods in the Hudson Valley hamlet of Blauvelt, the “Socrates Zaferiou House” was designed by Wright in a variation of his trademark Usonian style. Asking $1,525,000, the single-family home features a flat roof, L-shaped open floor plan, asymmetrical forms, and large windows to bring the outside in.

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Architecture, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Events

Photo courtesy of The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant is once again inviting architecture lovers and design buffs on a virtual tour of the neighborhood’s most remarkable brownstones. Returning for its 44th year with the theme “Preserving Our Legacy, While Embracing Our Future,” the house tour will be available starting on October 15, with ticket holders able to view the video until November 27. While it once was an in-person experience, the event has been held virtually since 2020 because of the pandemic.

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Architecture, Cool Listings, Design, Upper East Side

All photos courtesy of Sean Hemmerle

Earlier this year, the highest residence in the tallest tower on the Upper East Side hit the market. This week, new photos of the penthouse at 180 East 88th Street were released, showing off the impressive architecture of the five-bedroom home, which was listed for $33,000,000 in March. On full display are the apartment’s stunning sculptural staircase, dramatic archways, brass-framed windows, and private outdoor space with panoramic views.

Take a peak

Architecture, Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Williamsburg

All photos courtesy of Shannon Dupre of DDReps

Three curvy townhouse-style condos in Williamsburg hit the market this week. Designed by Murat Mutlu, the principal of the International Office of Architects (INOA) and former protégé of the late, legendary architect Zaha Hadid, 74-76 South Second Street is a trio of architecturally unique four-bedroom homes, measuring 3,800 square feet and situated behind a modern facade of concrete and steel. The unique homes, listed for $5,995,000 each, are topped with an entertaining-ready roof deck and an outdoor kitchen.

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