David Adjaye

Architecture, Midtown West, Starchitecture

Renderings courtesy Adjaye Associates

Renderings courtesy Adjaye Associates

One of the reasons for Ghanaian British architect David Adjaye’s rise to international fame is his work on renowned museums, from Washington D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art to the recently released plans for the Studio Museum in Harlem. And he’ll now add to that list, again in NYC, but this time the project is a bit on the lighter side. The Architect’s Newspaper reveals Adjaye Associates‘ renderings for SPYSCAPE, a spy museum and interactive experience that will open at 250 West 55th Street in December. Spread over two floors in the office building, the exhibitions will be divided among individually designed pavilions, each one exploring one of the seven themes of spying. This format, according to the firm’s Associate Director Lucy Tilley, allowed them to “challenge the traditional museum typology with a design that straddles the physical and digital worlds.”

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Architecture, Art, Harlem, Starchitecture

Studio Museum Harlem, David Adjaye, Harlem, starchitecture

Exterior view from 125th Street Plaza. Courtesy Adjaye Associates

The Studio Museum in Harlem is scheduled to break ground on a new 82,000-square-foot home, designed by internationally renowned British architect David Adjaye, in late fall of 2018. Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Raymond J. Mc Guire unveiled designs for the new building Tuesday along with the announcement of a $175 million capital campaign to fund and maintain the new museum space. The groundbreaking coincides with the celebrated cultural institution’s 50th anniversary year. In 2015, the museum announced that it would be working with Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson on the new building, having outgrown its current home, a century-old building on West 125th Street that it has occupied since 1982.

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condos, Financial District, New Developments, Starchitecture

Wall Street Tower, David Adjaye, Lightstone Group

Three years after completing his first New York City building, an affordable housing complex in Harlem called the Sugar Hill Development, starchitect David Adjaye is back. This time, he’ll be working with David Lichtenstein’s Lightstone Group to design a 61-story, 750-foot-tall condominium in the Financial District at 130 William Street known as the Wall Street Tower. Early conceptual studies uncovered by CityRealty show a gold-trimmed prism set against rigid rows of arched windows, as well as a glimpse at what the 244 apartments and amenity spaces will look like.

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Daily Link Fix

Studio Museum in Harlem, David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates, Thelma Golden, 125th Street
  • ShelfPack is a genius suitcase that pulls out into a series of collapsible shelves, which means you never have to actually unpack. [Travel + Leisure]
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem reveals renderings for its new $122 million David Adjaye-designed building on 125th Street. [NYT]
  • Check out the New York Hall of Science’s renovated Great Hall, designed to feel like deep space. [Arch Daily]
  • Remembering the gaudy elephant hotel of 1880s Coney Island, a 200-foot structure with a gilded howdah observatory. [Ephemeral NY]
  • This little sensor slipped under your mattress creates a smart bed that can find your body’s natural sleep cycle. [designboom]

Images: Rendering of the new Studio Museum in Harlem building via Adjaye Associates (L); Elephant Hotel via novanumismatics.com (R)

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