If you love architecture and urban design from historic to contemporary, you’ll have already been looking forward to this year’s Open House New York! This much-anticipated and rare weekend of access to typically off-limits sites is now in its 16th year; this year’s OHNY will take place on Friday, October 12, Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. Thanks to partnerships with over 400 arts and cultural organizations, city agencies, architecture firms and others, OHNY Weekend will open more than 250 buildings and projects across the five boroughs for tours and talks with architects, urban planners, historians, preservationists, and civic leaders. OHNY has just released a sneak preview of the program, which includes recently-opened sites like 3 World Trade Center, Domino Park and Pier 17, construction previews of 150 Rivington and Hauser & Wirth Gallery West 22nd Street and specially curated series like Works by Women, MAS 125, Factory Fridays and Open Studios.
Since the first Open House New York Weekend in 2003, buildings and sites throughout all five boroughs have opened their doors to the public; last year visitors toured SHoP Architects’ American Copper Buildings and their iconic skybridge, got a peek inside the artifacts and archival gems at the New York Transit Museum Archives and got a look at the Bridge at Cornell Tech at the university’s new Roosevelt Island Campus and the new global headquarters of West Elm.
Highlights of 2018 Open House New York include:
- 3 World Trade Center, a 1,079-foot tall skyscraper designed by Pritzker-prize-winning Richard Rogers and opened in June 2018
- 150 Rivington, a new condominium development by GLUCK+ under construction on the former site of Streit’s Matzo Factory in the heart of the Lower East Side
- Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 77, where a top-to-bottom rehabilitation by Beyer Blinder Belle and Marvel Architects has transformed a WWII US Navy warehouse into a 21st-century commercial and light industrial hub
- Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, a Gilded Age landmark with an opulent domed rotunda, along with a peek at SHoP Architect’s ∫, the new residential tower in Downtown Brooklyn that is expected to be the borough’s tallest building
- Governors Island South Battery (Officers Club), which was built as a key fortification for the War of 1812 and has been vacant since the Coast Guard departed the island in 1996
- MTA New York City Transit’s Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem, STV’s LEED Gold-certified transit hub featuring a green roof and solar heating wall
- Nevelson Chapel, a sculptural environment by celebrated artist Louise Nevelson, tucked away in the modernist icon Saint Peter’s Church at the Citicorp Center, that will close for an extensive renovation and restoration immediately after OHNY Weekend
- Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at the New York Aquarium, a new exhibition by Edelman Sultan Knox Wood that lets visitors go nose-to-nose with eighteen kinds of sharks and rays, with daytime tours of the building and evening tours of the lighting
- SHoP Architects-designed Pier 17, which brings festive retail and entertainment space- plus a massive multicolored balloon sculpture-to the South Street Seaport, with daytime tours of the building and evening tours of the lighting.
Open House New York Weekend expands to three days and Factory Friday will open doors to manufacturing spaces across the city for rarely offered factory tours. More than a dozen factories are participating, including:
- Breuckelen Distilling, South Slope, Brooklyn | whiskey and gin
- M&S Schmalberg, Midtown Manhattan | custom fabric flowers
- Kepco, Inc., Flushing, Queens | DC power supplies
- Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, Lower East Side, Manhattan | chocolate
- Sure Iron Works, East New York, Brooklyn | steel fabrication
- Tri-Lox, Greenpoint, Brooklyn | architectural fabrication, wood products
Works by Women
This year Open House New York Weekend celebrates the contributions that women are making to shape the contemporary city, highlighting a range of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design projects that all have a woman as one the principal designers. Among the participating projects are:
- 122 Community Arts Center, Deborah Berke Partners, East Village, Manhattan
- American Copper Building Plaza, SCAPE Studio, Midtown, Manhattan
- Brooklyn Army Terminal, WXY architecture + urban design, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
- Domino Park, James Corner Field Operations, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- Hauser & Wirth Gallery West 22nd Street, Selldorf Architects, Chelsea, Manhattan
- Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, SWA/Balsley and WEISS/MANFREDI, Hunter’s Point, Queens
- NYPL 53rd Street Library, TEN Arquitectos, Midtown, Manhattan
- Spring Street Park, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Hudson Square, Manhattan
- The Edge Park Williamsburg, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Two dozen of the city’s leading architects and designers will open their studios for Open House New York Weekend, offering a glimpse of their workspaces and a chance to see new projects in the design phase. Among the participating studios are:
- Dattner Architects, Midtown, Manhattan
- Fogarty Finger Architecture | Interiors, Tribeca, Manhattan
- FXCollaborative Architects, Chelsea, Manhattan
- Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects, Flower District, Manhattan
- LOT-EK, Nolita, Manhattan
- Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, Tribeca, Manhattan
- Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Financial District, Manhattan
- SPAN Architecture, Financial District, Manhattan
- Workshop/APD, Midtown, Manhattan.
In honor of its 125th anniversary year, the Municipal Art Society (MAS) curated a series of tours of iconic sites especially for Open House New York Weekend where the advocacy of the MAS helped preserve, shape, or reimagine the City’s built environment. Among the participating are:
- Freshkills Park, Travis/Arden Heights/New Springville, Staten Island
- Moynihan Train Hall Phase 1: New West End Concourse at Penn Station, Midtown, Manhattan
- Grand Central Terminal, East Midtown, Manhattan
- St. Bartholomew’s Church, Midtown, Manhattan
- Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Randall Manor, Staten Island
- Times Square, Manhattan
The full list of participating sites will be revealed to the public on Tuesday, September 18 at ohny.org. Free copies of the OHNY Weekend Event Guide will also be available at Porcelanosa (202 Fifth Avenue, New York) and at select distribution locations.
The 2018 OHNY Weekend will kick off with a ticketed fundraiser launch party on Thursday, October 11 at 204 Fifth Avenue. Once home to a bank, the 1980s nightclub MK, and a celebrated graphic design firm, this Beaux Arts building overlooking Madison Square Park will soon house the expanded flagship showroom of host Porcelanosa. Proceeds will support OHNY Weekend.
While the majority of OHNY Weekend sites are Open Access and can be visited free-of-charge during open hours, some sites and tours are Reservations Required with a $5 fee per person. Reservations for these sites will begin on Tuesday, September 25 at 11am.
Check for more information and peruse the events and locations included in the 2018 OHNY Weekend at OHNY.org.
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