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The Great GoogaMooga is coming to Prospect Park
Superfly Presents, the co-founder and producer of mega-festivals Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, is bringing its park-packing swagger to New York City this summer. The Great GoogaMooga, described as "an amusement park of food and drink," will occupy the Nethermead region of Brooklyn's Prospect Park on May 19th and 20th. The famed pastoral lower meadow of the park will be transformed into "the ultimate sensory experience" by a collaborative design effort led by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group. The design weaves together to over 75 food vendors, 35 brewers, 30 winemakers and 20 live musicians debut festival. General admission is required but tickets are required and available as of March 15. The event intends to leverage the synergy of two of New York City's most high-energy features: food and music. The Great GoogaMooga, as many extended festivals increasingly tend to do, will focus a large amount of its attention on food. To develop the event concept with Rockwell, Superfly has brought together a number of top chefs and hospitality industry gurus like Anthony Bourdain, Allan Benton, Marcus Samuelsson, Eddie Huang, Garrett Oliver, and many more, with a goal of bringing some of New York’s most loved dining destinations to Prospect Park. Among the festival’s growing list of vendors are Tom Colicchio’s Colicchio & Sons, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s The Spotted Pig, Roberta’s, Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar, Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen & Bar, M.Wells, Do or Dine, Frankies 457 Spuntino, Russ & Daughters and the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (click here for a full list of participants).   As "the Creative Capital of New York City and an international culinary destination," Brooklyn is the perfect location for such an event, effused Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in a statement. But while Brooklyn plays host to throngs of hungry, thirsty park-goers in May, those who like the serenity of the local Olmstedian landscape may want to head to Central Park.  
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The Inner Circle
Milstein Hall, Cornell University by OMA.
Philippe Ruault

AN’s annual resource list may be published every year but it is never the same. Painstakingly drawn from extensive interviews by our editors with the architects and builders of the best architecture of 2011, these names are the too-often unacknowledged cornerstones that guarantee the quality and excellence of today’s architecture. We both herald and share them with you.

General Contractor / Project Manager

 

Arroyo Contracting Corp.
12 Desbrosses St.,
New York;
516-639-7618

Balfour Beatty/Barnhill
2311 North Main St.,
Tarboro, NC;
252-823-1021

Barr & Barr
460 West 34th St.,
New York;
212-563-2330

Bernsohn & Fetner
625 West 51st St.,
New York;
212-315-4330

F.J. Sciame Construction Co.
14 Wall St.,
New York;
212-232-2200

Graciano
18-73 43rd St.,
Astoria, NY;
718-932-7867

Jacobs
2 Penn Plaza, Ste. 0603,
New York;
212-944-2000

Keating Building Corporation
1600 Arch St.,
Philadelphia;
610-668-4100

Kreisler Borg Florman
97 Montgomery St.,
Scarsdale, NJ;
914-725-4600

L.F. Driscoll
9 Presidential Blvd.,
Bala Cynwyd, PA;
610-668-0950

 

Lavada
499 Van Brunt St.,
New York;
347-948-8894

Lettire Construction Corporation
336 East 110th St.,
New York;
212-996-6640

MG & Co
230 West 17th St.,
New York;
212-691-4001

Mascaro Construction Company
1720 Metropolitan St.,
Pittsburgh, PA;
412-321-4901

MJE Contracting
109-10 34th Ave.,
Corona, NY;
708-507-8661

Noble Construction
675 Garfield Ave.,
Jersey City, NJ;
201-721-6581

Plaza Construction
877-767-5292

Procida Realty & Construction
456 East 173rd St.,
Bronx, NY;
718-299-7000

RC Dolner Construction
15-17 East 16th St.,
New York;
212-645-2190

Saunders Construction
6950 South Jordan Rd.,
Centennial, CO;
303-699-9000

 

Schimenti
650 Danbury Rd.,
Ridgefield, CT;
914-244-9100

SoHo Restoration
104 Calyer St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-389-3550

Structure Tone
770 Broadway,
New York;
212-481-6100

Tishman Construction
666 5th Ave.,
New York;
212-399-3600

United American Builders
205 Arch St.,
Philadelphia;
215-551-5534

VCD Construction
35 Carroll St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-643-3775

Welliver
250 North Genesee St.,
Montour Falls, NY;
607-535-5400

Yorke Construction Corp.
140 West 31st St.,
New York;
212-564-8467

 
Penn Medicine / L.F. Driscoll / Rafael Viñoly (left); Film Society / Yorke Construction / Rockwell Group (right).
Brad Feinkopf (left) AND Albert Vecerka/Esto (right)
 

Arroyo Contracting did a good job on the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator. It was a complicated project with many angled walls and corners. They looked into new ways of working, moving from their background in traditional design to contemporary design.”

Harel Edery
Mosza
 

Graciano has experienced masons that know how to work with terracotta and its reinstallation, using pieces that were reconditioned and some that were brand new.”

Joe Coppola
Dattner Architects
 
 

“We were fortunate to have RC Dolner build the Atrium. They had just finished the Greek and Roman galleries at the Met; we were confident they could make elegant and refined traditional detailing. At the Atrium they were able to apply their same high standards in a modern setting.”

Tod Williams
Tod Williams + Billie Tsien Architects
 

Yorke’s level of service was outstanding. The site superintendent in particular was exemplary and always in contact with us about how the construction was affecting the design. That attitude then filtered down to the contractor and subcontractors.”

Michael Fischer
Rockwell Group

https://cdn.archpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2012_best_of_11.jpgCentra at Metropark / DeSimone / KPF.
Michael Moran
 

Engineers

 

Civil/Environmental


Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
360 West 31st St.,
New York;
212-479-5400

Leonard J. Strandberg and Associates
One Edgewater Plz.,
Staten Island;
718-420-9693

Pennoni Associates
3001 Market St.,
Philadelphia;
215-222-3000

Geotechnical


Geodesign
224 West 35th St.,
New York;
212-221-6651

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
225 West 34th St.,
New York;
917-339-9300

P.W. Grosser Consulting
630 Johnson Ave.,
Bohemia, NY;
631-589-6353

Pillori Associates
71 Route 35,
Laurence Harbor, NJ;
732-335-0059

MEP


AKF
1501 Broadway,
New York;
212-354-5656

AltieriSeborWieber
31 Knight St.,
Norwalk, CT;
230-866-5538

AMA Consulting Engineers
250 West 39th St.,
New York;
212-944-7722

Ambrosino, DePinto & Schmieder
275 7th Ave.,
New York;
212-645-6060

Ballinger
833 Chestnut St.,
Philadelphia;
215-446-0900

Ettinger Engineering ASSOCIATES
505 8th Ave.,
New York;
212-244-2410

 

Fiskaa Engineering
589 8th Ave.,
New York;
212-736-9600

ICOR Associates
256 West 38th St.,
New York;
212-994-9593

Jaros Baum & Bolles
80 Pine St.,
New York;
212-530-9300

Joseph R. Loring and Associates
360 West 31st St.,
New York;
212-563-7400

P.A. Collins
15 West 26th St.,
New York;
212-696-5294

Rubiano Associates
64 Fulton St.,
New York;
212-732-7842

Multidisciplinary


Arup
155 6th AVE.,
New York;
212-229-2669

Birdsall Services Group
2100 Highway 35,
Sea Girt, NJ;
732-681-1165

Buro Happold
100 Broadway,
New York;
212-334-2025

DeSimone
18 West 18th St.,
New York;
212-532-2211

HDR
500 7th Ave.,
New York;
212-542-6000

ME Engineers
29 West 38th St.,
New York;
212-447-6770

Rosini Engineering
142 West 36th St.,
New York;
212-904-0422

Thornton Tomasetti
51 Madison Ave.,
New York;
917-661-7800

Watts Engineering
95 Perry St.,
Buffalo, NY;
716-206-5100

 

Weidlinger Associates
375 Hudson St.,
New York;
212-367-3000

WSP Flack + Kurtz
512 7th Ave.,
New York;
212-532-9600

Structural


Eipel Barbieri Marschhausen
224 West 35th St.,
New York;
212-695-5120

Gilsanz Murray Steficek
129 West 27th St.,
New York;
212-254-0030

Hage Engineering
560 Broadway,
New York;
212-358-7778

KPFF
180 Varick St.,
New York;
212-973-3748

Macintosh Engineering
21133 Sterling Ave.,
Georgetown, DE;
302-448-2000

Mulhern Kulp
20 South Maple St.,
Ambler, PA;
215-646-8001

Murray Engineering
307 7th Ave.,
New York;
212-741-1102

Office of Structural Design
9 Revere Rd.,
Belle Mead, NJ;
908-359-8977

Robert Silman Associates
88 University Pl.,
New York;
212-620-7970

Severud Associates
469 7th Ave.,
New York;
212-986-3700

WSP Cantor Seinuk
228 East 45th St.,
New York;
212-687-9888


Milstein Hall, Cornell University / Robert Silman Associates / OMA.
Philippe Ruault
 

“John Riner of PW Grosser is one of the handful of consultants in this area who has substantial experience with open loop wells.”

Michael Tucker
Beyer Blinder BellE

 

“We have worked on several historic buildings in New York, but when they are as high profile or popular as the Puck Building, you need a consultant who understands these types of spaces. EBM Structural Engineers is one of the preeminent firms in New York with vast experience in adaptive reuse in a historic context. We worked with Ken Eipel and Rich Grabowski on the REI Soho project and their expertise as historians on New York architecture made them valuable partners for Callison.”

David Curtis
Callison
 

Joseph R. Loring and Associates anticipated issues at NYU SCPS and worked creatively with the design team to insert contemporary mechanical systems into an existing building with a complex new program.”

Carol Loewenson
Mitchell/Giurgola Architects

 

Cantor Seinuk developed a core outrigger wall design that eliminated a lot of sheer walls, which helped a lot with the very complicated unit layouts at 8 Spruce. We just find them to be the best when it comes to structural engineers.”

Joe Recchichi
Forest City Ratner Companies
 

“Edward Messina at Severud Associates is known as ‘Fast Eddie’ around our business because you call him up and he’s right over.”

Henry Smith-Miller
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects

 

DeSimone designed the tree column and the big spans for Centra. It was a big effort to make that happen. They’re a really great engineering firm, and one thing that they’re great at is keeping the design team and client comfortable with very complicated things and also working with the construction team, while keeping everything on schedule.”

Lloyd Sigal and Hugh Trumbull
KPF
 

“The North Carolina Museum of Art is really all about daylight, and Arup did an extraordinary job calculating the amount of natural and artificial light and how it combined throughout the space.”

Thomas Phifer
Thomas Phifer and Partners

 

“At Clyfford Still, everything you see is structure. So KPFF's role was very key, especially in translating the structural design so it would be read in the perforated ceilings where the tolerances were very tricky, combined with reinforcing with rebar to maintain a crack-free finish.”

Chris Bixby
Allied Works Architecture

Facade & curtain wall

 

Consultants


Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners
45 East 20th St.,
New York;
212-375-1600

Front
186 Varick St.,
New York;
212-242-2220

Gordon H. Smith Corporation
200 Madison Ave.,
New York;
212-696-0600

Heitmann & Associates
14500 South Outer Forty Rd.,
Chesterfield, MO;
314-439-1944

R.A. Heintges & Associates
126 5th Ave.,
New York;
212-652-2963

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
19 West 34th St.,
New York;
212-271-7000

 

Manufacturers/ Installers


Airflex
937 Conklin St.,
Farmingdale, NY;
631-752-1309

APG International
70 Sewell St.,
Glassboro, NJ;
856-863-8034

Architectural Metal Fabricators
314 48th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-765-0722

ASI Limited
4485 South Perry Worth Rd.,
Whitestown, IN;
317-769-7170

Cladding Corp.
215 South Hwy. 101,
Solana Beach, CA;
888-826-8453

EFCO
1000 County Rd.,
Monett, MO;
417-235-3193

GKD Metal Fabrics
825 Chesapeake Dr.,
Cambridge, MD;
410-221-0542

greenscreen
1743 South La Cienega Blvd.,
Los Angeles;
310-837-0526

 

Island International Exterior Fabricators
101 Scott Ave.,
Calverton, NY;
631-208-3500

Jakob/MMA Architectural Systems
Westfield Industrial Estate,
Midsomer Norton,
Somerset, United Kingdom;
+44-0845-1300-135

Jordan Panel Systems
196 Laurel Rd.,
East Northport, NY;
631-754-4900

Kwaneer
500 East 12th St.,
Bloomsburg, PA;
570-784-8000

Permasteelisa
123 Day Hill Rd.,
Windsor, CT;
860-298-2000

Schüco
240 Pane Rd.,
Newington, CT;
877-472-4826

W&W Glass
300 Airport Executive Park,
Nanuet, NY;
845-425-4000

 
Buffalo Courthouse / Dewhurst Macfarlane / KPF (left); Via Verde / FRONT / Grimshaw/Dattner Architects (right).
david seide (left) AND Robert Garneau (right)
 

Gordon Smith is a tried and true Manhattan curtain wall consultant. He kept us out of trouble and found good value for the wall at Centra. We could barely afford a curtain wall for this building and he helped us sneak it in and detail it really well so we can sleep at night.”

Lloyd Sigal and Hugh Trumbull
KPF
 

“There’s a learning curve on installing a European curtain wall system. Architectural Metal Fabricators took a real interest in jumping in and getting a technical understanding of the system.”

Henry Smith-Miller
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects

 

Front was the key to unlocking the prefab facade at Via Verde. It cost a bit more, but it was faster to put together on site. They helped us translate that.”

Robert Garneau
Grimshaw Architects
 

“They protected me! At 8 Spruce, the extremely unique wall was largely aesthetically driven but it's just as advanced in performance and Heitmann took care of everything behind the wall in terms of feasibility, budget and schedule.”

Joe Recchichi
Forest City Ratner Companies

 

Island Fabrications knows how to bring all the components together; they ordered material globally and fabricated them locally.”

Bill Stein
Dattner Architects

Fittings & Furniture

 

Carpet & Textile


Bentley Prince Street
91 5th Ave.,
New York;
212-463-0606

Dune
156 Wooster St.,
New York;
212-925-6171

Gallery Seventeen Interiors
PO Box 549,
Nanuet, NY;
888-827-1182

Interface
404 Park Ave. South,
New York;
212-994-9994

Maharem
251 Park Ave. South,
New York;
212-319-4789

Re:Source of New Jersey
66 Ford Rd.,
Denville, NJ;
973-625-0715

Rose Brand East
4 Emerson Ln.,
Secaucus, NJ;
201-809-1730

Custom Fixtures & Signage


Artitalia Group
11755 Rodolphe Forget,
Montreal, QC,
Canada;
514-643-0114

Fleetwood
225 Peach St.,
Leesport, PA;
484-248-5271

REEVE Store Equipment
9131 Bermudez St.,
Pico Rivera, CA;
562-949-2535

Doors & Frames


Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors
30440 Progressive Way,
Abbotsford, BC,
Canada;
800-661-8111

Goldbrecht USA
1512 11th St.,
Santa Monica, CA;
310-393-5540

 

PK-30 System
3607 Atwood Rd.,
Stone Ridge, NY;
212-473-8050

Furniture


Figueras International Seating

Fproduct
250 Saint Marks Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;
917-202-2349

Greystone Seating
7900 Logistic Dr.,
Zeeland, MI;
616-931-1114

Haworth
125 Park Ave.,
New York;
212-977-5350

Irwin Telescopic Seating Company
610 East Cumberland Rd.,
Altamont, IL;
618-483-6157

Martela
384 Forest Ave.,
Laguna Beach, CA;
866-627-8352

Moroso
146 Greene St.,
New York;
212-334-7222

Resource Furniture
969 Third Ave., New York;
212-753-2039

Series Seating
20900 NE 30th Ave.,
Miami, FL;
305-932-4626

Tomas Osinski Design
4240 Glenmuir Ave.,
Los Angeles;
323-226-0576

Hardware


Assa Abloy
110 Sargent Dr.,
New Haven, CT;
800-377-3948

Häfele
25 East 26th St.,
New York;
800-423-3531

 

Kitchen & Bath


AF Supply
22 West 21st St.,
New York;
212-243-5400

Axor Hansgrohe
29 9th Ave.,
New York;
212-463-5790

Davis and Warshow
57-22 49th St.,
Maspeth, NY;
888-900-1392

Dornbracht
1700 Executive Dr. South,
Duluth, MN;
770-564-3599

Drimmers
1608 Coney Island Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;
877-338-3500

Purekitchen
66 North 11th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-715-0843

SieMatic New York
150 East 58th St.,
New York;
212-752-7900

Valcucine
66 Crosby St.,
New York;
212-253-5969

Zucchetti Rubinetteria
Via Molini di Resiga, 29,
Gozzano, Italy;
+39-0322-954700

Laboratory Casework


Thermo Fisher Scientific
1316 18th St.,
Two Rivers, WI;
920-793-1121

Vintage Furniture


RePop
68 Washington Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-260-8032

 
Louise Nevelson Plaza / John Lewis Glass / Smith-miller + Hawkinson Architects (left); 8 Spruce / Gehry Partners (right).
Michael Moran (left) AND Courtesy Forest City Ratner (right)
 

Glass

 

3form
520 8th Ave.,
New York;
212-627-0883

A-Val Architectural Metal Corp.
240 Washington St.,
Mount Vernon, NY;
914-662-0300

CBO Glass
13595 Broadway,
Alden, NY;
716-824-5000

Colory Metal & Glass
2522 State Rd.,
Bensalem, PA

EFCO
1000 County Rd.,
Monett, MO;
417-235-3193

Galaxy Glass & Stone
277 Fairfield Rd.,
Fairfield, NJ;
973-575-5235

J.E. Berkowitz
856-456-7800

John Lewis Glass
10229 Pearmain St.,
Oakland, CA;
510-635-4607

 

Lhotsky
Pelechov 17,
elezný Brod,
Czech Republic;
+420-483-389-334

Moduline Window Systems
930 Single Ave.,
Wausau, WI;
800-869-4567

National Glass & Metal Company
1424 Easton Rd.,
Horsham, PA;
215-938-8880

Oldcastle Glass
1350 6th Ave.,
New York;
212-957-5400

PPG Industries
One PPG Pl.,
Pittsburgh, PA;
412-434-3131

Prelco
94 Blvd. Cartier,
Rivière-du-Loup Québec;
418-862-2274

 

Skyline Sky-Lites
2925 Delta Dr.,
Colorado Springs, CO;
866-625-1330

Viracon
800 Park Dr.,
Owatonna, MN;
800-922-5374

Vitrocsa USA
5741 Buckingham Pkwy.,
Culver City, CA;
300-988-4455

Walch Windows
Zementwerkstraße 42,
Ludesch, Austria;
+43-0-5550-20290-0

Windsorsky
78 Joes Hill Rd.,
Brewster, NY
888-397-3330

Zecca Mirror & Glass
1829 Boone Ave.,
Bronx, NY;
718-589-3222

“Interior glass subcontractor A-Val worked creatively to ensure design intent in extremely complex conditions including the three-story open elliptical stair at the NYU SCPS.”

Carol Loewenson
Mitchell/Giurgola Architects
 

“You can get good window R-value in the United States but you can’t get the quality of high solar heat gain as you can with Walch. The combination is unmatched.”

Sam Bargetz
Loadingdock 5
 

CBO out of Buffalo did the glass veil and other curtain wall systems for the Buffalo Courthouse. The most difficult part was printing the Constitution on the glass with ceramic fritting. It took a lot of editing and laying it out and a very long time on our side and theirs.”

Bill Pedersen
KPF
 

John Lewis Glass would work closely with Tony Dominski at West Edge Metal. Even though it was a custom bench, it was even more custom because of the collaboration of the two firms.”

Scot Teti
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects

Sustainability

 

Airside Solutions


Aircuity
39 Chapel St.,
Newton, MA;
866-602-0700

Brownfield Consultant


D.I.R.T.
473 West Broadway,
New York;
917-972-3478

Consultants


7group
183 West Main St.,
Kutztown, PA;
610-683-0890

Association for Energy Affordability
505 Eighth Ave.,
New York;
212-279-3902

Atelier Ten
45 East 20th St.,
New York;
212-254-4500

Bright Power
11 Hanover Sq.,
New York;
212-803-5868

 

BVM Engineering
834 Inman Village Pkwy.,
Atlanta, GA;
404-806-2018

Crescent Consulting
80 Broad St.,
New York;
646-419-4900

Natural Logic
1250 Addison St.,
Berkeley, CA;
510-248-4940

Steven Winter Associates
307 7th Ave.,
New York;
212-564-5800

TRC Environmental Corp.
1430 Broadway,
New York;
212-221-7822

Veridian
21 West 38th St.,
New York;
212-704-9920

 

Green Roofs


Emery Knoll Farms
3410 Ady Rd.,
Street, MD;
410-452-5880

ZinCo Green Roofs
Grabenstraße 33,
Unterensingen, Germany;
+49-7022-6003-540

Solar


Namasté Solar
4571 Broadway St.,
Boulder, CO;
303-447-0300

Sunpower
800-786-7693

SOLAR SHADING


Mechoshade Systems, Inc.
42-03 35th St.,
Long Island City, NY;
212-254-4500


David Rubenstein Atrium / steven winter associates / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
NIC LEHOUX
 

Aircuity did the recovery wheels and air handlers at Penn Medicine. Their system helped the owner meet their energy goals. It monitors the occupancy and the amount of CO2 in a space and optimizes the number of air changes so you wind up saving energy and money.”

Jim Herr
Rafael Viñoly Architects
 

Crescent was good in assisting the contractor in LEED complience during construction and helped focus the team on elements that really mattered.”

Michael Tucker
Beyer Blinder Bell

 

Bright Power did a great job of administering and coordinating the LEED application and they were responsible for designing the photovotaic system which was an important part of the building's design.”

Bill Stein
Dattner Architects
 

“We used Veridian as the sustainability consultant on Centra. Originally, we were just aiming for LEED certification. Now the numbers are coming in and they're very good. It looks like we're going to get Platinum.”

Lloyd Sigal and Hugh Trumbull
KPF

“Julie Bargmann of D.I.R.T.’s knowledge of brown fields, Navy Yards, and their detritus, was a really nice fit.”

Matt Berman
workshop/apd

Metal

 

AccuFab
232 Cherry St.,
Ithaca, NY;
607-273-3706

Alcoa
50 Industrial Blvd.,
Eastman, GA;
478-374-4746

Armstrong World Industries
2500 Columbia Ave.,
Lancaster, PA
888-207-2321

Belzona New York
79 Hazel St.,
Glen Cove, NY;
516-656-0220

Canatal Industries
2885, Boul. Frontenac Est.,
Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada;
418-338-6044

CCR Sheet Metal
513 Porter Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-387-2473

Doralco
5919 West 118th St.,
Alsip, IL;
708-388-9324

Eliou
19 Frost St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-387-4716

Ferra Design
63 Flushing Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-852-8629

 

Firestone
1001 Lund Blvd.,
Anoka, MN;
800-426-7737

GageMetal
803 South Black River St.,
Sparta, WI;
800-786-4243

KC Fabrications
39 Steves Ln.,
Gardiner, NY;
845-255-0097

Lamcel
80 Montana Dr.,
Plattsburgh, NY;
514-457-4760

Lecapife Corp.
283 Liberty Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-342-3305

Maloya Laser
65A Mall Dr.,
Commack, NY;
631-543-2327

Metalman
110 Troutman St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-456-8759

Millenium Steel
344 West 38th St.,
New York;
212-268-1755

Nelson Industrial
1155 Squires Beach Rd.,
Pickering, ON, Canada;
905-428-2240

 

Paul C. Steck
25 Brown Ave.,
Springfield NJ;
973-376-1830

Precision Shape Solutions
243 East Blackwell St.,
Dover, NJ;
973-989-7199

Robinson Iron
1856 Robinson Rd.,
Alexandra City, AL;
800-824-2157

Veyko Design
216 Fairmount Ave.,
Philadelphia;
215-928-1349

West Edge Metal
25064 Viking St.,
Hayward, CA;
510-782-2050

 
NItehawk cinema / Maloya Laser / Caliper Studio (left); Brooklyn Navy Yard / Ferra Design / workshop/APD and Beyer Blinder Belle (right).
Ty Cole / OTTO (left) AND Robert Garneau (right)
 

Armstrong worked closely with us in providing customized, perforated metal ceiling panels that met the design intent of the Frick Chemistry Laboratory. Additionally, they did a excellent job field coordinating the installation of those panels with adjacent elements.”

Chris Stansfield
Payette Architects

“The project involved finishing hundreds of custom fabricated steel elements—KC Fabrications was extremely flexible with the schedule and was able to turn around material on short notice. They are always willing to do what is necessary to achieve the highest quality finish work.”

Charles Wolf
Dean/Wolf Architects
 

“For custom metal work that requires demanding precision and meticulous crafting, Metalman is an invaluable resource. If you can't find the right piece of hardware from a manufacturer, he will design and fabricate a custom piece to fit the requirement.”

Charles Wolf
Dean/Wolf Architects

 

“Mani from Millenium Steel is very accurate, and very budget-oriented. We worked with him before. He was able to make big steel pivot pieces.”

Jeremy Edmiston
SYSTEMarchitects
 

“We sent our drawings of pleated metal panels to a few people and got the impression that something custom would be too expensive. But a rep introduced us to Gage, who worked with our contractors to make our designs for the panels in a cost competitive way.”

Michael Fischer
Rockwell Group


Americano / Propylaea Millwork / ten arquitectos.
courtesy ten arquitectos
 

Wood

 

Custom Fabrication/ Carpentry


B & V Contracting Enterprises
590 Tuckahoe Rd.,
Yonkers, NY;
914-337-1086

Bauerschmidt & Sons
119-120 Merrick Blvd.,
Jamaica, NY

Benchcraft Concepts
A-427, Ghitorni, MG Rd.,
New Delhi, India;
+91-989-903-8395

DKDI
1021 Meyerside Rd.,
Mississaugua, ON, Canada;
416-732-8819

George Nakashima Woodworker
1847 Aquetong Rd.,
New Hope, PA;
215-862-2272

 

Ivory Build
67 35th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-369-2482

JB Millworks
383 Bandy Ln.,
Ringgold, GA;
706-965-6940

Minzner & Co.
2100 Liberty St.,
Easton, PA;
610-258-5449

Monarch Industries
99 Main St.,
Warren, RI;
401-247-5200

Propylaea Millwork
795 East 135th St.,
Bronx, NY;
718-401-9393

Seetin Design
57 Grand St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-486-5610

ShoreTech Manufacturing
757-999-5592

 

Tom Kozlowski
347-403-3859

Suppliers


Armstrong World Industries
2500 Columbia Ave.,
Lancaster, PA
888-207-2321

J.Padin
243 Parkhurst St.,
Newark, NJ;
973-642-0550

Siberian Floors
145 Hudson St.,
New York;
212-343-1510

Terra Mai
205 North Mt. Shasta Blvd.,
Shasta, CA;
530-925-1937


aA Shelter / ShoreTech Manufacturing/Tom Kozlowski / SYSTEMarchitects.
systemarchitects/tony jin
 

“The careful execution of the FSC certified teak screens and planters at Carnegie Hill House resulted from the close collaboration between our design team and Ivory Build. Their skill and rigorous approach to craft enabled us to unify this sequence of outdoor spaces through the meticulous stacking and subtle articulation of teak slats.”

Thomas Woltz
Nelson, Byrd and Woltz
 

Bob Seetin is irrepressible and has a 'bring it on' attitude. He created the metal tables, wine racks, and counters we needed for the Film Society cafe quickly and even joyfully, turning everything around within a few weeks.”

Michael Fischer
Rockwell Group
 

Tom Kozlowski is an exceptional carpenter. He was able to think around unpredicted problems. He comes up with very straightforward and quick solutions. It no longer looks like construction work, it starts to resemble millwork.”

Jeremy Edmiston
SYSTEMarchitects
 

“A pivotal design goal for REI Soho was the adaptive reuse of the materials from the existing historic Puck Building and its subsequent transformation into a retail space. Callison’s vision from the outset was to bring the space back to its original context, from the wood cladding that was repurposed from the interior brick piers to the timber from the ceiling above the ground floor that was remilled and reused for the monumental staircase treads. Terra Mai was a collaborative partner through the entire reuse process providing expert guidance and advice.”

David Curtis
Callison

Lighting

 

Designers


Amber Lite Electric Corporation
443 Wild Ave.,
Staten Island, NY;
718-761-4323

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
266 West 37th St.,
New York;
212-764-5630

Claude R. Engle, Lighting Consultant
2 Wisconsin Cir.,
Chevy Chase, MD;
301-654-5502

Clinard Design Studio
228 Park Ave.,
New York;
646-580-5344

Davis Mackiernan Lighting
180 Varick St.,
New York;
212-431-8675

Fisher Marantz Stone
22 West 19th St.,
New York;
212-691-3020

George Sexton Associates
242 West 30th St.,
New York;
212-736-4842

Grenald Waldron
260 Haverford Ave.,
Narberth, PA;
610-667-6330

 

Kugler Ning
48 West 38th St.,
New York;
212-382-2100

L'Observatoire International
414 West 14th St.,
New York;
212-255-4463

Leni Schwendinger Light Projects
336 West 37th St.,
New York;
212-947-6282

Lumen Arch
214 West 29th St.,
New York;
212-564-6469

Peridot Lighting
419 Lafayette St.,
New York;
212-360-2339

Tillett Lighting Design
172 North 11th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-218-6578

Tillotson Design Associates
40 Worth St.,
New York;
212-675-7760

Fixtures


Amerlux
23 Daniel Rd. East,
Fairfield, NJ;
973-882-5010

Artemide
46 Greene St.,
New York;
212-925-1588

 

BEGA
1000 BEGA Way,
Carpinteria, CA;
805-684-0599

Flos
152 Greene St.,
New York;
212-941-4760

Holly Solar
1340-D Industrial Ave.,
Petaluma, CA;
707-763-6173

Lighting By Gregory
158 Bowery, New York;
212-226-4156

Lithonia Lighting
Conyers, GA;
770-922-9000

Lutron
7200 Suter Rd.,
Coopersburg, PA;
888-588-7661

Rambusch
160 Cornelison Ave.,
Jersey City, NJ;
201-333-2525

Selux
5 Lumen Ln.,
Highland, NY;
845-691-7723

Sistemalux
5455 de Gaspé,
Montréal, Quebec, Canada;
514-523-1339

Zumtobel Lighting
44 West 18th St., New York;
212-243-0460

   
North Carolina Museum of Art / Fisher Marantz stone / Thomas Phifer and Partners/Pierce Brinkley Cease + Lee (left); Buffalo Courthouse / Tillotson / KPF (center); Sunshine Incubator / Lighting by Gregory / Studio Mosza (right).
Iwan Baan (left); david seide (center); AND Ori Dubow (right)
 

Paul Marantz's lighting design is one of the most mesmerizing aspects of the 9/11 Memorial and plaza.”

Matthew Donham
PWP Landscape Architecture

 

“A company in California called Holly Solar fabricated the LED lights in the facade of the Nitehawk Cinema. It’s a small little company, but they do custom light fixtures. They’re good.”

Stephen Lynch
Caliper Studio
 

Kugler Ning is on board with understanding the world architects work in—working with tectonics—to create the right effect. Sometimes lighting designers can be more interested in the fixtures than the final effect. Kugler Ning helped to make the lighting fixtures disappear.”

Scot Teti
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects
 

“We worked with Lumen Arch on the lighting design of Penn Medicine. They just did a fabulous job. We implemented a lot of lighting controls, occupancy sensors, daylight sensors, and things of that nature in the labs to bring down the energy usage and Lumen really knew their way around those systems.”

Jim Herr
Rafael Viñoly Architects
 

“We worked with Lighting By Gregory who helped us get the most energy efficient fixtures for the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator. We as architects know what’s out there, but Lighting By Gregory opened our eyes to more LED opportunities.”

Harel Edery
Mosza

 
Inverted Warehouse Townhouse / Paul Warchol Photography / Dean/Wolf Architects (left); Museum of the Moving Image / Peter Aaron/Esto / Leeser Architecture (right).
Paul Warchol Photography (left) AND peter aaron/esto (right)
 

Photography

 

Esto Photographics
222 Valley Pl.,
Mamaroneck, NY;
914-698-4060

Halkin Architectural Photography
915 Spring Garden St.,
Philadelphia;
215-236-3922

Iwan Baan
Schippersgracht 7-1,
Amsterdam;
+31-06-54-630468

Jock Pottle Photography
259 West 30th St.,
New York;
212-760-1466

 

JoPo Photography
504 East 12th St.,
New York;
212-614-3122

Michael Moran Photography
98 4th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-237-8830

Nic Lehoux
604-874-0918

Paul Warchol Photography
224 Centre St.,
New York;
212-431-3461

 

Scott Frances
79 Broadway,
New York;
212-777-0099

T.G. Olcott Photography
2 Greglen Ave.,
Nantucket, MA;
508-360-6312

Ty Cole Photography
332 Bleeker St.,
New York;
212-777-0075


 
City Center Facade Restoation / Boston Valley / Terra Cotta  / dattner architects (left); Tashan / Stone Source / Archi-tectonics (right).
Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects (left) AND don pearse photopgraphers (right)
 

Concrete, Masonry, Stone, & Tile

 

ADM Concrete Construction
9726 99th St.,
Ozone Park, NY;
718-738-1186

American Orlean

American Precast Concrete
PO Box 328,
Floresville, TX;
830-393-7731

Art In Construction
55 Washington St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-222-3874

Blenko Glass Company
P.O. Box 67, Milton, WV;
877-425-3656

Boston Valley Terra Cotta
6860 South Abbott Rd.,
Orchard Park, NY;
716-649-7490

Cathedral Stone Products
7266 Park Circle Dr.,
Hanover, MD;
410-782-9150

Commodore
230 South 5th Ave.,
Mt. Vernon, NY;
914-297-3000

Extech Industries
87 Bowne St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-852-7090

Fusion Floors
Buford, GA;
704-775-1050

Get Real Surfaces
143 West 29th St.,
New York;
212-414-1620

 

Helical Line Products
659 Miller Rd.,
Avon Lake, OH;
440-933-9263

James J. Totaro & Associates
95-1047 Ala'oki St.,
Mililani, HI;
808-626-9500

Kings County Waterproofing and Masonry
1200 Utica Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-629-6300

L&L Stone & Tile
900 South Oyster Bay Rd.,
Hicksville, NY;
516-349-1900

Masonry Solutions
PO Box 1036,
Sparks, MD;
410-771-1922

Modern Mosaic
8620 Oakwood Dr.,
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada;
905-356-3045

North Carolina Granite Corporation
P.O. Box 151,
Mount Airy, NC;
336-786-5141

Pavestone
18 Cowan Dr.,
Middleboro, MA;
508-947-6001

Porcelanosa
600 Route 17 North,
Ramsey, NJ;
201-995-1310

Port Morris Tile & Marble
1285 Oakpoint Ave.,
Bronx, New York;
718-378-6100

 

Reginald D. Hough Concrete Construction
115 Montgomery St.,
Rhinebeck, NY;
845-876-1048

RNC Industries
770-368-8453

Roman Mosaic and Tile Company
1105 Saunders Ct.,
West Chester, PA;
610-692-3100

Savema
Via Aurelia 24-55045,
Pietrasanta, Italy;
+39-0584-794407

Sheldon Slate
143 Fox Rd.,
Middle Granville, NY;
518-642-1280

Speranza Brickwork
15 High St.,
Whitehouse Station, NJ;
908-534-2176

Stepstone
800-572-9029

Stone Source
215 Park Ave. South,
New York;
212-979-6400

The Pike Company
One Circle St.,
Rochester, NY;
585-271-5256

Vermont Structural Slate Company
3 Prospect St.,
Fair Haven, VT;
800-343-1900

Zanaglia
Via Longobarda 19,
Massa, Italy;
+39-0585-834566


Milstein Hall / Reginald Hough/The Pike Company / OMA.
Philippe Ruault
 

“Peter Dagostino at ADM Concrete made it possible to get the building up. He coordinated everything. ADM is a very smart company and did a quick job.”

Werner Morath
Loadingdock 5
 

Boston Valley is one of the premier companies to go to for very careful matching of terracotta.”

Joe Coppola
Dattner Architects
 

“The excellent stone work by Port Morris Tile & Marble helped us make this a place of permanence and beauty. They worked with our vision and found the spectacular green marble for the benches.”

Tod Williams
Tod Williams Billie Tsien

 

“The slate siding from Vermont Structural Slate was naturally resistant to spray paint.”

Amy Yang
Toshiko Mori
 

“We used Reginald Hough as a concrete consultant for Milstein Hall. They came in during construction process to facilitate the subcontractor, Pike, and help us to decide on some of the materials to test and techniques to use. The lower levels have a smooth concrete dome ceiling with integrated lighting. Because it is both architecture and structure, it required a very precise installation method. Hough was invaluable in achieving that.”

Ziad Shehab
OMA


DiMenna Center for Classical Music / Akustiks / H3/Hardy Collaboration Architecture.
francis dzikowski/esto
 

Consultants

 

A/V & Acoustics


Acentech
33 Moulton St.,
Cambridge, MA;
617-499-8000

Acoustic Dimensions
145 Huguenot St.,
New Rochelle, NY;
914-712-1300

Akustiks
93 North Main St.,
South Norwalk, CT;
203-299-1904

Clarity Custom
1792 West 11th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-787-9699

DHV
Laan 1914 no 35, 3818 EX
Amersfoort, The Netherlands;
+31-33-468-2000

Electrosonic
318 West 39th St.,
New York;
212-206-7711

Jaffe Holden Acoustics
114–A Washington St.,
Norwalk, CT;
203-838-4167

Kirkegaard Associates
801 W. Adams St.,
Chicago;
312-441-1980

Polysonics
405 Belle Air Ln.,
Warrenton, VA;
540-341-4988

Scharff/Weisberg
36-36 33rd St.,
Long Island City, NY;
212-582-2345

Blast Consultant


RSA Protective Technologies
1573 Mimosa Ct.,
Upland, CA;
909-946-0964

Commissioning


Strategic Building Solutions
708 3rd Ave., New York;
212-209-1037

Cost Estimator


VJ Associates
100 Duffy Ave.,
Hicksville, NY;
516-932-1010

Fire Protection/ Code Consulting


Code Consultants Professional Engineers
215 West 40th St.,
New York;
212-216-9596

JAM Consultants
104 West 29th St.,
New York;
212-627-1050

 

Montroy Andersen DeMarco
99 Madison Ave.,
New York;
212-481-5900

Property Intervention Consultants
72 Reade St.,
New York;
212-267-4666

Food Facility Planning


JGL Foodservice Consultants
224 Cleveland Ln.,
Princeton NJ;
732-274-1694

Green Wall


Vertical Garden Technology
954 Lexington Ave.,
New York;
646-339-6222

Historic Preservation


Building Conservation Associates
44 East 32nd St.,
New York;
212-777-1300

Office for Metropolitan History
11 West 20th St.,
New York;
212-799-0520

Powers and Company
211 North 13th St.,
Philadelphia;
215-636-0192

PreCon LogStrat
PO Box 417,
Mastic Beach, NY;
631-772-9540

IT/Telecommunications


Archi-Technology
115 Metro Park,
Rochester, NY;
585-424-1952

TM Technology Partners
250 West 39th St.,
New York;
212-398-2424

Laboratory Planning


Jacobs Consultancy
70 Wood Ave., Iselin, NJ;
732-452-9200

Landmarks


Higgins Quasebarth & Partners
11 Hanover Sq.,
New York;
212-274-9468

 

Owners Representative


Levien & Company
570 Lexington Ave.,
New York;
212-702-0888

Radiant Consulting Services


The Stone House
1111 Route 9,
Garrison, NY;
845-788-3620

Security


Ducibella Venter & Santore
250 State St.,
North Haven, CT;
203-288-6490

The Clarient Group
630 9th Ave.,
New York;
212-586-5840

Tritech Communications
28-30 West 36th St.,
New York;
212-695-1880

Specifications


Heller & Metzger
11 Dupont Cr. NW,
Washington, DC;
202-364-2222

Theatrical


Fischer Dachs Associates
22 West 19th St.,
New York;
212-691-3020

North American Theatrix
60 Industrial Dr.,
Southington, CT;
860-863-4112

Turf and Sports Regulations


Stantec
1735 Market St.,
Philadelphia;
215-751-2900

Vertical Transportation


Van Deusen & Associates
7 Penn Plz.,
New York;
212-868-9090

Wind Analysis


CPP
1415 Blue Spruce Dr.,
Fort Collins, CO;
970-221-3371


Penn Park / Stantec / michael van valkenburgh associates.
Courtesy UPenn
 

Acoustic Dimensions was great. They were really hands on, heavily involved in the Nitehawk. We have apartments above the movie theater so acoustic isolation is a big part of this project. They designed the second floor’s ceiling to hang on springs. They also tested the sound transmission when it was all done and you can’t hear a thing.”

Stephen Lynch
Caliper Studio

 

Richard Demarco is the most informed architect in New York City about building code and law. This guy is a joy to work with.”

Henry Smith-Miller
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects
 

Clarity Custom is a terrific 'full system' provider and installer who took the lead on specifying A/V equipment and lighting control systems. There was an excellent interface with the general contractor and architect to minimize coordination issues. Clarity did a great job of integrating hardware, wiring and controls in a project where every detail matters.”

Charles Wolf
Dean/Wolf Architects

 

Building Conservation Associates have areas of expertise that bring refinement and an ability to find the resources.”

Joe Coppola
Dattner Architects
 

“At the Museum of the Moving Image, Scharff/ Weisberg and Jaffe Holden had a real hand in setting the stage to accommodate different uses in terms of all the data and audio visual systems that allow the museum to be a plug + play environment.”

Simon Arnold
Leeser Architecture

 

Bob Powers is very keen in navigating the historic restoration tax break. He's tech savvy and politically savvy, which helps get city, state, and federal approvals.”

Frank Grauman
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
 

“Laurent Corradi of Vertical Garden Technology has created two grand and beautiful green walls that are loved by all. His knowledge of the botany and technical aspects of plant walls will insure that these features will thrive for generations to come.”

Tod Williams
Tod Williams + Billie Tsien

 

“The Musuem of the Moving Image faced a lot of challenges not to mention being a publicly-funded project in hard economic times. Levien took it all in stride and helped us meet the extra demands on budget cutting without sacrificing quality.”

Simon Arnold
Leeser Architecture

Other Services & Suppliers

 

Arborist


Paul Cowie Associates
11 Beverwyck Rd.,
Lake Hiawatha, NJ;
973-263-4801

Art Restoration


Rustin Levenson Art Conservation
212-594-8862

Artist


Michael Singer

Casework


Lab Crafters
2085 5th Ave.,
Ronkonkoma, NY;
631-471-7755

Curtain Design


Inside Outside Petra Blaisse
Erste Nassaustraat 5, 1052 BD
Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
+31-20-6810-801

Custom Fabrication


Associated Fabrication
72 North 15th St.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-387-4530

Custom Materials


Panelite
5835 Adams Blvd.,
Culver City, CA;
212-947-8292

Electrical


Arthur Metzler and Associates
47 Hillside Ave.,
Manhasset, NY;
516-365-6966

Graphic Design/Signage & Wayfinding


2 X 4
180 Varick St.,
New York;
212-647-1170

Amuneal Manufacturing Corp.
4737 Darrah St.,
Philadelphia;
215-743-1715

C & G Partners
116 East 16th St.,
New York;
212-532-4460

Duggal
29 West 23rd St.,
New York;
212-242-7000

Entro Communications
122 Parliament St.,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada;
416-368-6988

Karlssonwilker
36 6th Ave.,
New York;
212-929-8064

Pentagram Design
204 Fifth Ave.,
New York;

Enclosure Testing / Facade Maintenance


Architectural Testing
130 Derry Ct.,
York, PA;
717-764-7700

 

Entek Engineering
166 Ames St.,
Hackensack, NJ;
201-820-2802

Epoxy Specialists and Supply


Aspen Supply Corp.
888-866-5757

Felt artist


Claudy Jongstra

Finishes and Coatings


Creative Finishes
27 West 20th St.,
New York;
212-929-6920

Fountain Consultant


Dan Euser Waterarchitecture
58 Major Mackenize Dr. West,
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada;
905-884-4176

Heat Recovery Ventilator


Zehnder
540 Portsmouth Ave.,
Greenland, NH;
603-422-6700

Interior Decoration


Pamela Banker Associates
136 East 57th St.,
New York;
212-308-5030

Irrigation Distributor


Storr Tacktor
175 13th Ave.,
Ronkonkoma, NY;
631-588-5222

Landscaping


Capri Landscaping
4005 Victory Blvd.,
Staten Island, NY;
718-494-8973

Plant Specialists
42-45 Vernon Blvd.,
Queens;
718-392-9404

Light Fixture Restoration


Robert True Ogden
3311 Broadway St. NE,
Minneapolis, MN;
612-524-3432

Modular Units


Capsys
63 Flushing Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY;
718-403-0050

Murals


Stingray Studios
2144 Citygate Dr.,
Columbus, OH;
614-220-8878

 

Nursery


Shemin Nurseries
42 Old Ridgebury Rd.,
Danbury, CT;
203-207-5000

Painting & Epoxy Installation


Anton Berisaj
917-440-4262

Plastic Lumber


Tangent Technologies
1001 Sullivan Rd.,
Aurora, IL
630-264-1110

Plastics


E&T Plastics
45-45 37th St.,
Long Island City, NY;
800-221-9555

Radiant Systems


Barcol-Air
115 Hurley Rd.,
Oxford, CT;
203-262 9900

Riggers to the Arts


Dun-Rite
1561 Southern Blvd.,
Bronx, NY;
718-991-1100

Security


S.O.S. Advanced Security
197 7th Ave.,
New York;
212-206-7777

Security Bollards/ Traffic Barriers


Delta Scientific
40355 Delta La.,
Palmdale, CA;
661-575-1100

Moli Metal
8380 Rue Lafrenaie
Montreal, QC;
514-326-6839

Theatrical Equipment


Gerriets International
130 Winterwood Ave.,
Ewing, NJ;
609-771-8111

Vertical Transportation


Persohn / Hahn Associates
908 Town & Country Blvd.,
Houston, TX;
713-467-4440

Waterproofing Systems


Sika Sarnafil
100 Dan Rd.,
Canton, MA;
781-828-5400

 
museum of the moving image / karlssonwilker / leeser architecture (left); Metrotech / Delta Scientific / WXY (right).
peter aaron/esto (left) AND courtesy wxy (right)
 

“At Queens Plaza, we collaborated with Michael Singer, an artist whose commitment to the public realm complements Margie Ruddick's environmental sensibility for landscape. He designed and produced special pre-cast components integrated into the architecture of new social spaces that withstand the site's powerful infrastructural presence.”

Linda Pollak
Marpillero Pollak Architects
 

Claudy Jongtstra’s artistry is present in two monumental tapestries that cover both long walls of the Atrium. These extraordinary artworks were made possible by her artistic vision as much as her involvement in the technical aspect, managing all from Europe.”

Tod Williams
Tod Williams + Billie Tsien Architects

 

“Fountain consultant Dan Euser is really familiar with the potentials and limits of water dynamics. He's visionary in terms of creating things of beauty and simplicity.”

Matthew Donham
PWP Landscape Architecture
 

“When the graphic designers Karlssonwilker joined the team, the design of the Museum of the Moving Image was fairly well resolved, but they were able to complement and add to its strength in a way that carried through the branding of the entire institution”

Simon Arnold
Leeser Architecture

 

“The reception desk at the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator is custom designed and Panelite made it easy for me because they built a model on site for approval and I was able to see our 3-D computer drawings in real life before the desk was fabricated.”

Harel Edery
Mosza

Eavesdrop> Smoke and Mirrors
Architect and set designer David Rockwell will be waving his wand over a new Broadway production based on the life of Harry Houdini. But this time, Rockwell won’t just be creating the sets, he’ll also be co-producing. The idea has been in the works for years, and now Rockwell and a glitzy team—Hugh Jackman in the leading role, Aaron Sorkin on the script, Jack O’Brien as director, and Kurt Andersen, who helped develop the project, as creative consultant—will conjure HOUDINI into reality by 2014.
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Star Tech Rises
The new in-crowd advising Gehry Technologies.
Courtesy Gehry Technologies

Gehry Technologies (GT), the Frank Gehry company that provides software and technology consulting to design and construction firms, announced a plan in late October to bring together "the world's most distinguished architects" in a "strategic alliance" with a lofty goal: to transform the building and design industries through technology.

Put in more modest terms, the firm has put together a star-studded advisory board. The list of architects, designers, and business leaders in the group includes David Childs, Zaha Hadid, Greg Lynn, Laurie Olin, Wolf Prix, David Rockwell, Moshe Safdie, Patrik Schumacher, and Ben van Berkel.

Gehry Technologies CEO Dayne Myers and its chief technology officer Dennis Shelden told AN that the group, which will meet in person once a year and via conference call quarterly, will work to promote higher quality projects, to improve design through technology, and to address the industry's crippling wastes in time, money, and materials through better work flow and communication. The group’s inaugural meeting was held at Seven World Trade Center in New York.

"When this group speaks it will carry a bigger weight than any of them individually, or just Gehry Technologies," added Shelden.

Indeed the announcement of the board seemed to strike a chord across architecture and design communities. The AIA immediately sent out a press release supporting the group in which AIA President Clark Manus made clear that “as much as 30 to 50 percent of all time, money, materials, and resources that go into a construction project do not add value to the final product.”

GT, which was founded in 2002, is made up of architects, engineers, computer scientists, and management consultants. Along with providing technology-related consulting the firm has created Digital Project, a CATIA-based building information modeling (BIM) system, and is now coordinating with Autodesk on BIM-related initiatives.

Lynn pointed out that the board is made up of people known for innovating in several fields who will now bring that expertise to improve the often chaotic role of technology in construction. “It’s really a sea change,” said Lynn, when talking about how improved software and management could minimize problems for architects such as litigation, multiple bids, change orders, miscommunication, collecting environmental data, and even the dominance of contractors and project managers.

While Thom Mayne mainly works with a competing firm—the emerging technology consultants Synthesis (except for using GT on the new Phare Tower in Paris)—he says he supports GT’s effort to gather expertise for pushing BIM and similar technologies, which he notes are indispensable for sophisticated building today: “It’s not possible to talk today about any creative practice that doesn’t necessitate advanced computational models.” Several architecture and construction professionals have echoed this sentiment, but some wondered if the group would have such a transformative effect. The alliance, pointed out one engineer, will have no official power in the industry. One architect grumbled that the move looked like a way for GT to guarantee work with starchitects. (The firm has already consulted for the majority of people on the board.)

Marty Doscher, a longtime Morphosis employee who then founded Synthesis, lauded GT for “trying to take advantage of digital technologies to improve firms’ design capabilities.” But he also said, “I feel as an industry we need to focus on team technologies more than design technologies.”

Additionally, Doscher wondered if the board members, regardless of their impressive pedigrees, were really up to speed on the latest technologies: “The wizards behind [the board members] are brainstorming what needs to happen in the industry.” Another architect, Austin Kelly of the small LA firm XTEN, praised “anything that allows designers to maintain control of a project” but worried that the technologies the board is promoting were out of reach for smaller firms, which make up the majority of practices in the country. However, Doscher felt that could change in the next few years.

Either way, there’s no telling what the alliance will achieve until it actually starts to meet on a regular basis. “You’ll have to ask me in two years,” said new board member David Rockwell.

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Gehry To The Rescue, With a Star-Studded Board
Frank Gehry is trying to save architecture, and it's about time. His company Gehry Technologies, which provides technology and related services to design and construction firms, on Tuesday announced a plan to bring together "the world's most distinguished architects" in a "strategic alliance" intended to transform the building and design industries through technology. In other words they've put together a really impressive advisory board. The list of architects, designers, and business leaders includes: David Childs, Zaha Hadid, Greg Lynn, Laurie Olin, Wolf Prix, David Rockwell, Moshe Safdie, Patrik Schumacher, and Ben van Berkel. That's no joke. Among other things, the group will strive to promote higher quality projects, greater efficiency, and more cost effective techniques. "We have a tremendous opportunity to be better and more efficient," said Gehry Technologies CEO Dayne Myers. He and Gehry Technologies' Chief Technology Officer Dennis Shelden suggested that the group, which will meet in person once a year and via conference call quarterly, could address the industry's crippling wastes in time, money, and materials by promoting better work flow and communication, among other things. "When this group speaks it's going to carry a bigger weight than any of them individually, or just Gehry Technologies," added Shelden. Kicking things off the company just announced a partnership with Autodesk to improve the capabilities of Building Information Management (BIM). In an unprompted statement from the AIA, which offered its support as well, AIA President Clark Manus pointed out that "as much as 30% to 50% of all time, money, materials, and resources that go into a construction project do not add value to the final product." That's impressive too, just not in a good way.
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Every Designer on the Planet Wants to Redesign Chicago's Navy Pier
There's a certain dorky pleasure in the reading lists of teams vying for design competitions. The big names paired with the dependable locals. The firms with very busy dance cards that everyone seems to want. The odd random people with no discernible reason to be involved. The 52 teams that responded to the Navy Pier RFQ have all those in spades. Zaha! Foster + Partners, BIG, OMA! Every prominent Chicago architect! Hoerr Schaupt Landscape Architects on no less than four teams! We'll be watching to see who makes the next round. Amusement aside, it's great to see so many prominent local and international designers vying to improve the iconic pier. 1. AECOM, BIG, Lead Pencil Studio, Project Projects, Speirs + Major, WET Design, Davis Langdon, Christy Webber 2. Aedas Architects, Martha Schwartz Partners, Halcrow Yolles 3. All Design, Halcrow Yolles, Janet Rosenberg + Associates 4. Behnisch Architekten, Urban Strategies, Urban Works, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Arup 5. Booth Hansen, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Terry Guen Design Associates,Arup, Tillett Lighting Design, Bruce Mau Design 6, Cooper Carry, SWA Group, Janet Rosenberg + Associates, Terry Guen Design Associates, MIG, Light Projects, Fluidity Design Consultants, Selbert Perkins Design, Arup, Chicago Public Art Group 7. D+K Architects, Theaster Gates, Schuler Shook, Daniel Weinbach & Partners, Larson Engineering, Tylk Gustafson Reckers Wilson Andrews 8. Design Workshop,Pickard Chilton, Patrick B Quigley Associates, JSC Art Consulting, Selbert Perkins Design, CMS Collaborataive, AES, RWDI, Live.Work.Learn.Play, Altus Works, Nelson Nygaard, MGPG Events, Primera 9. EC Purdy and Associates, Milhouse Engineering, Hitchcock Design Group, Vistara, GSG, Nayar Nayar, Land Surveying Services, Gjean Guarino 10. Epstein, Foster + Partners, Site Design Group, Schuler Shook, Catt Lyon Design 11. Frederic Schwartz Architects, Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architects, Thomas Balsley Associates, Arup, Atelier Ten, Pentagram, Fisher Marantz Stone, Nancy Rosen Inc. 12. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Pentagram, Tillotson Design Associates 13. Habitat 14. ingenhoven architects, Goettsch partners,Werner Sobek, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Topotek 1, Liskae Associates, Jack Rouse, Office for Visual Interaction, Barbara Flynn 15. Jacques Ferrier Architectures, Sensual City Studio, Agenceter, Integral Ruedi Baur, Chris Rockey, Dear Production 16. James Corner Field Operations, nArchitects, Leo Villareal, Bruce Mau Design, L’Observatoire International, Fluidity Design Consultants, Patrick Marszewski, Buro Happold, Primera, HR&A Advisors, ETM Associates 17. John Ronan Architects, Janet Rosenberg + Associates, Arup, Thirst, Derek Porter Studio, CLUAA, Sharma Art Advisory 18. Kengo Kuma and Associates, StudioGC, Pivot Design, Anne Kustner Lighting Design, Terra Engineering, Primera 19. Krueck + Sexton Architect, Brooks+Scarpa, Uhlir Consulting, Charles Anderson Atelier, Terry Guen Design Associates, Fluidity Design Consultants, James Rondeau, Fisher Marantz Stone, Thornton Tomasetti, Pentagram 20. Landworks Studio, NADAAA, Arup, Urban Art Projects, 50,000 feet, L’Observatoire International 21. Lohan Anderson, PWP Landscape Architecture, Civitas, LAM Partners,Catt Lyon Design, Halvorson and Partners, Terra Engineering 22. Machado and Silvetti Associates, Grant Associates, Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), Terry Guen Design Associates, Buro Happold, Thomas.matthews, Jason Bruges Studio 23. marquardt + GRIDWERK ARCHITECTURE, Conservation Design Forum, Urban Works 24. !melk, HOK, UrbanLab, Terry Guen Design Associates, Zoe Ryan, Thirst, Conservation Design Forum, HR&A Advisors, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Sam Schwatz Engineering, Leni Schwendinger LIGHT projects, CMS Collaborataive, Karin Bacon Enterprises 25. Metropolitan Workshop, Buro Happold, Townshend Landscape Architects, Squint/Opera, Speirs + Major, Modus Operandi, HR&A Advisors, A Different View 26. Miralles Tagliabue, David Woodhouse Architects, Site Design Group, Atelier Ten, TKB, Primera, Schuler Shook, Selbert Perkins Design, Waterline Studios, Concord Group, Sam Schwartz Engineering 27. Morphosis, Terry Guen Design Associates, Arup, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Pentagram, Merry Norris Contemporary Art 28. MorrisTerra, CD+M Lighting Design Group, WET Design, ESI Design 29. MSI Design, Utopia Entertainment, Hunt Design, Gallegos Lighting, Fluidity Design Consultants 30. OBRA Architects, Dattner Architects, Hood Design, L’Observatoire International, Mary Jane Jacob, CSS, Philip Habib 31 OMA/SGA, SCAPE, Thirst, Tillotson Design Associates, Arup, dbHMS, Patti Gilford Fine Arts, Robert Kirschner, Davis Langdon, KLOA 32. Perkins + Will, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, John David Mooney 33. PLANT Architect, Dialog Urban Design, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Enermodal Engineering, United Visual Artists, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects, Dan Euser Water Projects, Andrew Jones, Entro Communications, Beth Kapusta, The Publicity Works 34. Rafael Viñoly Architects, Sasaki Associates, URS Corporation, Thornton Tomasetti, V3 Companies, Alfred Benesch & Company, Pentagram, Art Production Fund, One Lux Studio 35. Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Destefano Partners 36. Rogers Marvel Architects, Rockwell Group, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, L’Observatoire International, Mary Jane Jacob 37. Ross Barney Architects, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Arup, WET Design, Karpowicz Studios, Thirst, Schuler Shook 38. RTKL Associates, Adjaye Associates, Rios Clemente Hale, Siteworks, Daniel Weinbach & Partners, Speirs + Major, Pentagram, Greenblue, Halvorson and Partners, Joseph Becherer, Fluidity Design Consultants, C.H. Johnson Consultants, Primera 39. Safdie Architects, SCB, SWA Group, Terry Guen Design Associates, Moffatt & Nichol, Sam Schwatz Engineering, Halvorson and Partners, Primera, RME, Cotter Consulting, Concord Group, TKB, Speirs + Major, Pentagram, Fluidity Design Consultants, SMW, Ned Kahn, Electroland, FTL Design Engineering, Motive Industries 40. SANJAY EKTATE 41. SHoP Architects, Brininstool Kerwin + Lynch, Coen + Partners, GCAM Group, Mark Robbins, Pentagram, L’Observatoire International, Acoustic Dimensions, Arup 42. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Wirtz International, James Carpenter Design Associates 43. STOSS Landscpe Urbanism, MPdL Studio, Myefski Architects, Terry Guen Design Associates, Jacobs Ryan Associates, L’Observatoire International, Studio Blue, Buro Happold, KPFF Consulting Engineers 44. TCL, Grain Collective, ARM 45. UNStudio, CAMES/gibson, Tom Leader Studio, a.g. Licht, Robert Somol, Lord Cultural Resources, Buro Happold, Norcon 46. Vasilko Architects, Philips Farevaag Smallenberg, Sussman Preja & Co., Schuler Shook, Vasilko Architects, Shabica & Associates, CS Associates, WMA Consulting Engineers 47. W Architecture, Handel Architects, Tillett Lighting Design, Site Design Group, 212, Lisa Corrin, Green Shield Ecology 48. WEISS/MANFREDI, Terry Guen Design Associates, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, HR&A Advisors, Brandston Partnership, Construction Cost Systems, Urban Works, Pentagram, dbHMS, Fluidity Design Consultants, Lisa Corrin 49. Woods Bagot, Surfacedesign, Lisa Freiman Curator, Bailey Edwards Architecture, Sherwood Design Engineers, Original Champions of Design 50. WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Guy Nordenson and Associates, EE&K/Perkins Eastman, HR&A Advisors, Site Design Group, Edgewater Resources, Terra Engineering, Tillotson Design Associates, Merry Norris Contemporary Art, April Greiman, Fluidity Design Consultants, ETM Associates, Ambius 51. Xavier Vendrell Studio, Grimshaw Architects, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Arup, Studio Lab, Schuler Shook, IA+igo Manglano-Ovalle, Sarah Herda 52. Zaha Hadid Architects, tvsdesign, Balmori Associates, Halvorson and Partners, Space Agency, Seam
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Making Meaning
Courtesy Silverstein
 

2001

November
Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) established.

December
[ 01 ] A viewing platform overlooking ground zero designed by Diller & Scofidio, David Rockwell, and Kevin Kennon opens to large crowds.

 

AN 02_12.08.2003 > Read full article.

“Surely, we can afford to make Ground Zero a place of peaceable assembly for everyone. Indeed, if terror demands a civic reply, what better than a solemn memorial to those lost and a space for the most fundamental exercise of democracy in space, the freedom to gather in a place that is our own.”
-Michael Sorkin, Architect




AN 14_09.07.2004 > Read full article.

“The first and most difficult problem is so obvious that it is amazing that none of the brilliant architects assembled in the design competition dealt with the issue. The site of Ground Zero slopes down 30 feet from Broadway to West Street and the Hudson. This means that the site must be dealt with as a series of platforms from east to west and that north-south cross streets like Church and Greenwich must act as a series of steps across the site. Minoru Yamasaki’s World Trade Center design for the PA completely ignored the island’s topography.”
-D. Grahame Shane, Professor




AN 16_10.05.2005 > Read full article.

“Over the past two years, the tower has gradually been stripped of its best attributes. The final blow was delivered earlier this summer by the New York Police Department, which forced a total redesign when it demanded a greater setback from the street and a heavy barricade to resist potential bombs. Now, just after the fourth anniversary of 9/11, the Freedom Tower has become a bland prism with a forbidding 200-foot-high concrete base.”
-Jonathan Massey, Historian










2002

January 17
The exhibition, “A New World Trade Center - Design Proposals,” 58 submissions by celebrated architects, draws long lines to Max Protetch Gallery in Chelsea.

April
LMDC releases Blueprint for the Future of Lower Manhattan with 15 points outlining the need for transportation, culture, commerce, memorial space, and a reestablished connection to the city grid.

July
Beyer Blinder Belle present planning studies at the Javits Center, plus two New Urbanism-inspired plans by Peterson Littenberg. All are widely reviled by the public and in the media.

August
LMDC announces Innovative Design Study, a call for qualifications. That it is not a competition is disregarded by all parties.

September
Teams are announced: THINK led by Frederick Schwartz and Rafael Viñoly; Peter Eisenman, Richard Meier, Steven Holl, and Charles Gwathmey; Foster & Partners; United Architects; SOM; and Studio Daniel Libeskind.

December
[ 02 ] The six designs are presented in the Winter Garden starting with Studio Daniel Libeskind’s “Memory Foundations,” the cheapest proposal at $330 million.

2003

February 24
On the eve of LMDC’s selection, Schwartz, Viñoly, and Libeskind appear on Oprah Winfrey Show.

February 26
[ 03 ]The New York Times announces on page one that LMDC has chosen the THINK scheme.

February 27
Governor George Pataki officially selects the Libeskind plan.

April
An open competition for the memorial is announced.

June
By deadline, 5,201 proposals for the memorial are submitted.

July
After it is reported that developer Larry Silverstein’s architect David Childs from SOM and masterplan architect Libeskind cannot be left alone in the same room, LMDC announces that Childs and Libeskind are official collaborators on the $1.2 billion office, now named the Freedom Tower by Governor Pataki.

November
Libeskind floats a 59-page treatment for a memoir: “The Foundations of Optimism: My Journey from Communist Poland to Rebuilding the World Trade Center” that will ultimately be published as Breaking Ground: An Immigrant’s Journey from Poland to Ground Zero (Riverhead Trade) in October 2005.

November
Eight finalists for the memorial competition are announced.

December
[ 04 ] Revised design for the Freedom Tower is released.

2004

January
[ 05 ] The Federal Transit Administration announces that Santiago Calatrava will design the WTC transportation hub.

[ 06 ] Libeskind’s Wedge of Light concept is displaced by and then absorbed into the transit hub.

January
[ 07 ] Michael Arad’s “Reflecting Absence,” now a collaborative work with landscape designer Peter Walker is selected for the memorial. The design does not include several Libeskind ideas, including the sunken bathtub and ramps. The focus on the tower footprints includes the names of those who died viewed through waterfalls.

March
Shortlists name potential institutions for the site’s cultural component: a 50,00-70,000-square-foot Memorial Complex (Museum of the City of New York; New York Historical Society; New York State Museum; Project Rebirth; Sound Portraits Productions); a 100,000-200,000-square-foot Performing Arts Complex (The Joyce Theater; New York City Opera; Signature Theater Company; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Tribeca Film Institute); and a 200,000–250,000- square-foot Cultural Building (Children’s Museum of the Arts; Drawing Center; Museum of Freedom; New York Hall of Science).

July 4
[ 08 ] Governor Pataki attends the ceremonial laying of a 20-ton block of granite as cornerstone of the Freedom Tower that will be removed again in June 2006.

April
Davis Brody Bond join the Arad/Walker team as associate architect for the Memorial, eventually becoming the architects of the underground Memorial Museum.

June
Tenants selected for the Museum Complex are the International Freedom Center and The Drawing Center. The Performing Arts Complex is to house the Joyce and the Signature theaters.

August
Shortlist of six firms for the Memorial Complex is released, including Moshe Safdie and Associates; Pei Cobb Freed and Partners; Polshek Partnership; Robbrecht en Daem architects with Pasanella and Klein; Stolzman and Berg Architects; Shigeru Ban Architect + Frei Otto with Dean Maltz Architect; and Snøhetta.

August
The shortlist for the Performing Arts Complex includes ten firms: Bing Thom Architects with Meyer/Gifford/Jones architects, Gehry Partners; Moshe Safdie and Associates; OMA and LMN; Polshek Partnership; Rafael Viñoly Architects; Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen; Studio Daniel Libeskind; Ten Arquitectos and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

October
Snøhetta is selected to design the Memorial Complex, largely comprised of the the International Freedom Center; Frank Gehry is to design the performing arts complex for the Joyce and the Signature theaters.

2005

May
[ 09 ]Snøhetta’s design for the Memorial Complex is circulated.

June
New York Police Department concerns about vehicular bomb forces Childs to rework base of Freedom Tower.

August
The Drawing Center withdraws over controversial plans to restrict exhibition content at the site.

September
Governor Pataki evicts the Freedom Center from the site. Officials say that the Snøhetta building will now be used in connection with the underground memorial museum.

December
Norman Foster’s design for Tower 2 is unveiled.

2006

February
[ 10 ] Debate erupts over the cost and viability of the waterfalls in the footprints in wintertime. A $175,000 prototype is constructed to resolve the issue. In the final musuem design, the names are moved to the parapets surrounding the waterfalls that are no longer viewable from within the museum now located under the footprints.

April
Silverstein cedes control of the now $2 billion Freedom Tower to the Port Authority (PA).

April
[ 11 ] National Trust for Historic Preservation puts a twin tower original staircase still on the site on the Most Endangered List before it is razed to make way for constructions of Foster’s Tower 2. Renamed “Survivor Stair,” it is given to the memorial museum.

May
7 World Trade Center opens with three tenants: the New York Academy of Sciences, Ameriprise Financial, and Vantone Real Estate. Jenny Holzer’s eight hour stream of LED poetry and prose is featured in the lobby.

June
[ 12 ] Childs unveils revised Freedom Tower with concrete base clad in prismatic glass and aluminum..

June 21
LMDC receives a $2.78 billion block grant from HUD. Concerns about costs result in construction company owner Frank Sciame being asked to convenea design review panel. He invites Rick Bell, Thom Mayne, among others to evaluate the memorial in order to bring cost down to the $500 million cap established by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki.

September
[ 13 ] Tower designs by Norman Foster, Fumihiko Maki, and Richard Rogers released.

2007

July
Freedom Tower is now called 1 World Trade Center, and Durst Organization takes over leasing.

August 18
While the Deutsche Bank building is dismantled, a fire breaks out and results in the death of two firefighters.

2008

September
[ 14 ] Snøhetta’s revised design is now for a pavilion entrance to the National Sept 11 Memorial and Museum.

October
PA announces simplified plans for the site. In addition to the scaled-back Snøhetta project, Calatrava’s transit hub is pared to essential elements but still budgeted at $3.2 billion.

2009

March
PA announces that rebuilding at the World Trade Center will create 72,202 construction jobs over 10 years and $16.4 billion in economic activity.

March 19
PA and the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that was demolished on 9/11 deadlock over negotiations to rebuild the church just east of its original site plus a $20 million subsidy.

March 26
Vantone, a Chinese real estate company, is announced to be the first major tenant for One World Trade Center.

November
Silverstein and PA wage on-going battles over financing and the leasing of Towers 2 and 3.

2010

March
[ 16 ] PA and Silverstein reach an agreement calling, in part, for the developer to raise $300 million in private investment to access $200 million each from the City, State, and PA.

August
[ 15 ] Fueled by Internet activists, an international uproar engulfs the plans of an established Tribeca mosque to move into a former Burlington Coat Factory two blocks from the World Trade Center site.

2011

May
Conde Nast Publications is announced as a tenant for One World Trade Center.

May
The prismatic glass base of One World Trade Center is scaled back. PA claims it is too difficult to manufacture, while Childs privately complains of cost cutting.

August
LMDC announces that a board for the Performing Arts Complex will be selected by the end of the year. LMDC will contribute $155 million toward the $400-500 million cost.

August
[ 17 ] One World Trade Center reaches 960 feet.

 

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Theater
Tom Stoelker/AN

Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center
Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 West 65th Street
New York
Tel: 212.875.5610
Architect: Rockwell Group



For one of Lincoln Center’s most popular and populist entities, the Film Society has had relatively low visibility at the cultural complex. That’s about to change with the June 17 opening of the Elinor Bunin Film Center on West 65th Street, which adds three screens and a cafe directly across from the Film Society’s long-time Walter Reade Theater on the north side of the street.

Rockwell Group’s mission was to transform a parking garage into what David Rockwell calls a “less formal” gathering place for Lincoln Center. The glassy facade containing the box-office bursts onto the street in bright orange, drawing visitors into the lobby and cafe through an entryway sparkling underfoot from hundreds of LED lights embedded flush with the ground.

In a nod to the space’s previous incarnation, a folding “garage door” of maple connects the lobby to the amphitheater, a 90-seat room with cushioned stadium seating by Rockwell with DKDI and a 152-inch Panasonic HD 3D plasma screen—billed as the world’s largest. Behind the amphitheater are two more screening rooms, with 150 and 90 seats, each with plush, extra-wide Series Seating chairs.

Acoustical walls are covered by undulating, perforated metal panels lined with sound-absorbing material that dampens noise from Lincoln Center’s mechanical plant, situated directly below.

The cafe in front is set to open mid-summer and will be visible to passersby through the glass street wall. “It’s really intended to be Lincoln Center’s living room,” David Rockwell said.

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Back and Forth gets Bitter at Trump Soho
There's a tempest brewing at the Trump Soho, which isn't towering quite so high over Manhattan these days. The Real Deal reported this week that developers behind the luxury hotel-residence, Bayrock/Sapir, have filed a lawsuit against the building's architects, the Rockwell Group. Among the allegations are too-small bathtubs and closets that can't fit hangers. But the fight started much earlier with a complaint from the architect. From the Real Deal: "The developers of Trump Soho have entered a legal imbroglio against the Rockwell Group, alleging in a new lawsuit that the interior design firm failed to meet building codes and cost the property more than $1.5 million in damages for delays and replacement costs to complete their work." Two days prior, the Rockwell Group, a full-service firm led by David Rockwell, filed their own suit alleging that the developers failed to honor a contract and disburse payment for services rendered. Rockwell Group spokesperson Joe DePlasco responded to a request for comment from AN: “The Rockwell Group filed a suit last week seeking over a million dollars in unpaid fees. They have been trying to collect payment for over a year at this point. Although the Rockwell Group tried to resolve this issue, Bayrock’s counter suit appears to be an attempt to avoid paying what they owe.” Meanwhile, the Trump Soho also remains embroiled in a series of lawsuits from unhappy buyers.
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QUICK CLICKS> Xanadu, Photog Fury, Think Space
Not Me! The architect of record for the much beleaguered Xanadu mall in New Jersey went on the record with northjersey.com. David Jansen said the garish colors weren't his idea. It appears  he was called in to save the day after David Rockwell washed his hands of the multi-billion dollar debacle. Rechristened the American Dream @ Meadowlands the project got a fresh infusion of cash from the Mall of America and NJ State taxpayers are kicking in $200 million in low interest financing (that's almost as much as state will have to pay the Feds for canceling the Hudson Tunnel Project). The project got so out of hand that The Times sponsored a contest for readers to reimagine Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan", aka - Xanadu. Don't shoot! Architectural photographer Grant Smith is mad as hell. After taking a photo of a London church he was surrounded by a bunch of bobbies who thought he was a terrorist. Unbeige reports that on World Press Freedom Day the photog took his grievances to the street. He and dozens of other shutterbugs descended on London City Hall wearing signs proclaiming, "I'm a photographer not a terrorist." Freudian Facades. The Wall Street Journal reports that the "real cutting edge of architecture has to do with the psychology of buildings." The august paper interviewed a few scientists about how space design can effect worker productivity. For accuracy and focus, confined spaces painted red work well. While creative types benefit from high ceilings, lots of windows and bright blue walls. Maybe, but sometimes a room is just a room.            
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Vegas Bets on Retail
Images courtesy retailers unless otherwise noted

Shops

The Las Vegas Strip may sparkle, but don’t let that fool you: the city is still hurting. Casinos aren’t as bubbly, hotel rooms are a lot cheaper, and shopping districts are not ringing with cash register ka-chings.

But the shine is still on ultra high-end retail companies like Gucci, Fendi and Prada. And for the intrepid design fan—wear sun-glasses!—these retailers offer plenty of new twists on old retail formulas.

Still new after a year, the emirate-grade retail at Las Vegas City Center’s Crystals within the hotel/casino/ residential/entertainment complex is ambitiously over-the-top, using contemporary architectural high-jinx to outshine Vegas’ fake castles and faux world capitals. Last year, the media went wild over the $9 billion City Center, focusing on its architecture. No surprise, it was built by a run of star talent, including Rafael Viñoly, Daniel Libeskind, Helmut Jahn, Norman Foster, and Cesar Pelli. But Crystals’ retail designs hold their own with dynamic, layered, and sometimes surprisingly original designs.

All Saints Spitalfields.

Fendi   Fendi.   Marni.
Clockwise from top: All Saints Spitalfields' hundreds of Singer sewing machines at the Cosmopolitan; Marni's "bubble" relief walls; two views of Fendi's Trevi fountain replica.
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MGM, the complex’s owner, encouraged the center’s retailers to try different moves from their other stores. And in the formula-obsessed retail world that wasn’t easy. Most, but not all, obliged. And it paid off. Unlike other Vegas retailers, preoccupied with portraying extreme luxury over design innovation, these stores are making design the centerpiece: experimenting with creative forms, textures, technologies, and spatial experiences. While other new retail outlets have opened up in places like the Wynn’s new Encore and at the Venetian’s new Palazzo, and others, including Caesars’ Forum Shops have undergone major renovations, none of them come close to the architectural ambition expressed here. When Crystals opened last year it was only 40% full. Now it’s almost 90% occupied.

The Crystals building was designed by Daniel Libeskind. Outside it shows the architect’s signature angular edges as well as silvery metallic patina. Inside New York-based David Rockwell (who also designed the interior spaces for the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino next door, which opened  this past December), helped envision the stores. He started the ball rolling with what he calls “a 21st century park” approach, filling the lofty, light-filled interior with exuberant hybrids—a bamboo and pink agate “Grand Staircase,” trellises fitted with hanging plants, raw steel “trees,” and the piece de resistance—a whopping, 70-foot-tall “tree house” made of mahogany and sapele slabs.

Cosmopolitan's Eat Drink adjacent to City Center.  

 

Prada.   Louis Vuitton.   Louis Vuitton.
Clockwise from top left: Cosmopolitan's Eat Drink adjacent to City Center; Crystal's Grand Stair was inspired, says David Rockwell, by the Spanish Steps in Rome; two views of Louis Vuitton's logo-inspired chandelier hanging in the stairwell; Inside Prada's controlled slick look.
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At Crystals, foreground and background are equally important, and there is as much emphasis on atmosphere as on the actual merchandise. Prada, designed by architect Roberto Bachioci, uses dark and patterned steel tubes to provide a sense of texture, height, and visual rhythm—the company’s values, in other words, are writ at every scale. Stainless steel cones on the upper floors pierce the exterior wall like portholes—a slightly disorienting Alice in Wonderland at Studio 54 moment. Louis Vuitton’s store, designed by interior star Peter Marino, uses the brand’s omnipresent diamond-shaped logo as a shiny metallic backdrop—small logos are connected to form room dividers, for instance— cladding walls, staircases, and everything in between (including the store’s 31-foot-tall chandelier). In a far corner and exposed to the street, Gucci’s is the shiniest of all, with mirrored ceilings and walls and polished steel floors echoing the visitors as much as the merchandise.


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Bar Masa.
Images courtesy restaurants / MGM unless otherwise noted

Restaurants

In addition to promoting high-end retail architecture, City Center’s master planners wanted to promote what David Rockwell calls a “climate-controlled, sustainable, fantasyland where people can shop, sleep, dine, and play.” So naturally he imported impressive talent for the restaurant design. And they didn’t skimp on the architectural details, or the energy.

Without a doubt the highlight is Aria’s Bar Masa, designed by New York designer Richard Bloch, who also designed Bar Masa inside New York’s Time Warner Center. The lofty Japanese restaurant has a giant stepped structural concrete roof (executed with the help of Aria designer Cesar Pelli) reminiscent of a floating staircase. Bloch tempered the “heroic”scale of the roof with a 90-foot-long aluminum-framed fabric structure—lit with upward-facing LEDs—that echoes that staircase and creates what Bloch calls a “ceiling within a ceiling.” This insertion—offset with concrete floors and large curtains of glass—makes the space feel cavernous, well defined, and somehow comfortable all at the same time.

Shaboo.

The Deuce.   Lemongrass.   Jean Georges Steakhouse.
Clockwise from top: Shaboo, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Lemongrass, the Deuce.
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Just next door (and across a small indoor pond), is Shaboo, also designed by Bloch; a much more intimate version of Bar Masa. It’s all about contrasts: grey tubular aluminum chandeliers hanging over bright yellow chairs; a warm wood wall across from a large purple wall and an adjacent glass wall. What sounds garish looks surprisingly subtle and refined on site. Just down the hall is Lemongrass, a Thai restaurant designed by New York design stars AvroKo, reminiscent of a Thai silk factory with a combination of dark woods, raw fibers, and textured fabrics creating a rhythmic and sometimes distracting backdrop.

Yes, it’s a little over the top but also elegant and with a touch of craft that contrasts nicely with corporate spaces nearby. Meanwhile a standout inside Crystals is KAA Design Group’s Mastro’s Ocean Club. That space features curving white leather booths, chairs covered in ochre leather, and banquettes enveloped by the tree’s curving timber beams. Adding a finishing touch to the dining space are glittering circular chandeliers made up of jewel-like, irregular glass shapes. Did we mention it was perched inside a three-story tree? Yes, this is still Las Vegas.

Sam Lubell

Sam Lubell is the West Coast editor of The Architect’s Newspaper.

Mastro's Ocean Club.

Mastro's Ocean Club.   Mastro's Ocean Club.
Mastro's Ocean Club.
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