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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
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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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AN About Town: Last night’s best openings and installations
Thursday was a great night for New York showroom events. AN took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and made the rounds. Here are some highlights: Moroso Traveling Show Moroso celebrated the NYC launch of its traveling show commemorating 60 years of great furniture-making history. Designed by Rockwell Group, the pop-up exhibition will tour New York through November 26, then continue on to Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Seattle, and Vancouver. The show features 25 pieces from the Moroso oeuvre, many positioned on raw wood displays next to a timeline illustrated with images and drawings from the company’s archives. New Marazzi Tile Showroom NY Stone Manhattan unveiled its new second-floor showroom dedicated to products from Italian tile manufacturer Marazzi, which will be NY Stone’s only tile supplier. Oysters and appetizers from Le Cirque helped the tiles make a swanky splash in the high-ceilinged space, which features architectural tile and interior porcelain stoneware. DDC’s Venini 90th Birthday Celebration The DDC Gallery celebrated Venini’s 90th anniversary with an installation of the Italian glass-makers work, including recent pieces designed with Dutch design team Studio Job. In addition to the presence of Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, dazzling Arnolfini chandeliers and whimsical standing lamps lit up the DDC’s Madison Avenue showroom.
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Coach Seated Business Class at Hudson Yards
Mayor Bloomberg and top city officials joined executives from the Related Companies, Oxford Properties, and fashion label Coach underneath the northernmost spur of the High Line on Tuesday to announce the first anchor tenant at Hudson Yards on Manhattan's West Side. "Today we announce Coach as the anchor tenant at Hudson Yards," said Related CEO Stephen Ross. He told the crowd that construction could start in a few months. Coach will relocate 1,500 employees currently scattered across three buildings nearby into a sleek glass and steel KPF-designed tower overlooking the High Line, occupying about a third of the planned first tower. Covering 26 acres along the Hudson River and spanning a LIRR train storage yard, Hudson Yards will mix residential, commercial, retail, and cultural space to create what Ross described as the "Rockefeller Center of the 21st century." Two tapering buildings on the eastern edge of the site—the first to be built—tilt away from each other, appearing to peek overtop of their neighbors. They are joined by a seven-story glass-enclosed retail podium, forming a twin-towers-over-a-mall typology that Related made famous at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. At 5.5 million square feet and three city blocks long, Related says the "superblock building" will be the largest commercial building in New York. "Finally you're going to get a building as nice as your pocket books," said New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The neighborhood is poised to become  a center of fashion and culture in Manhattan, a point Bloomberg made in declaring that Fashion Week will someday take place at the Culture Shed, an arts center designed by Diller, Scofidio & Renfro with Rockwell Group planned at Hudson Yards. While not on stage for the announcement, Bill Pedersen of KPF remarked on the mega-project's design in a statement. "Hudson Yards must link to the prevailing industrial character of the West Side, while also summarizing this context with a fresh visual dynamic. As a time when extraordinary urban projects are arising around the world, Hudson Yards will be an important symbol of New York's continued leadership in global urbanism." The development of Hudson Yards is aided by the extension of the number 7 subway line from Times Square that officials said is on schedule to open at the end of 2013. New glass-canopied subway entrances designed by Toshiko Mori Architect will be located in Hudson Park designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh north of the site. The announcement is also a boon to the third and final segment of the High Line, which wraps around the Hudson Yards site. Coach's new global headquarters is located in the shorter, southern tower straddling a section of the elevated park and a large glass atrium will eventually face the park. All parties involved—Related, Coach, and the city—agreed that the High Line should play a prominent role in Hudson Yards. "We at Related look forward to continuing to work with the city, and the Friends of the High Line to transform segment three, and make it a very special place," said Ross. Bloomberg noted that the city is working with CSX to transfer the final segment of rail to the city.
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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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Bad Hand
The Harmon Building.
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Norman Foster’s mottled blue tube tower, part of Las Vegas’ $9 billion star-studded CityCenter project developed by MGM Resorts International and Dubai World, will never join the ranks of glittering hot-spots on the Strip. Citing the potential for structural collapse, the Harmon hotel is now slated for demolition pending the settlement of a lawsuit claiming design flaws.


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The Harmon was to anchor a prominent corner, adjacent to The Crystals, a massive 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment mall by Daniel Libeskind and Rockwell Group. Following structural problems with rebar installation on floors six through 20 and a resulting lawsuit, the Harmon Building was first cut in half—from 49 to 27 floors—and now owner MGM has submitted an engineer’s report that finds the building could fail in a strong earthquake.

After discovering deficient steel reinforcing in early 2009, MGM left the foreshortened tower an unfinished shell but is now moving to implode the structure citing safety concerns. Alan Feldman, senior vice president of public affairs at MGM, said the company had submitted an engineering recommendation and demolition action plan to Clark County, Nevada detailing the structural shortcomings of the Harmon. “The city asked us to respond to the engineer’s report to determine the best way forward,” said Feldman. “We decided the best move is to take the building down.” Feldman noted that this engineer’s recommendation is not a permit request.

A demolition plan prepared by LVI Environmental Services called for approximately six months of site preparation followed by four to six months of cleanup and reclamation after the implosion. First, the Harmon’s low-rise podium will be mostly razed to physically separate the structure from the Crystals. According to LVI, “Existing structure elements and infrastructure specified to remain…will be strategically used to act as structural barriers against the effects of the planned implosion.”

Before a permit can be sought, MGM must first resolve a court-ordered stay of demolition that is part of a lawsuit with the building’s general contractor Perini Building Company, who allege that the structural problems were caused by design flaws. Perini claims that MGM owes the company and its subcontractors over $200 million in payments for work at CityCenter. When contacted, the office of Foster + Partners said they were unable to comment on the Harmon Building’s design.

“The lawsuit is about [financial] damages,” Feldman said. “Demolition can go forward while the lawsuit is pending.” That’s if MGM can convince a judge to lift the stay put in place since the Harmon is essentially a piece of evidence in the lawsuit. Still to be determined, Feldman said, is what went wrong during construction. “That’s at the heart of the lawsuit. The steel is not installed to code, that much is clear.”

Perini maintains that the Harmon is structurally sound and construction errors can be fixed. Citing an independent report commissioned by Clark County, Perini responded to MGM’s planned demolition in a statement, “MGM is seeking to implode the building to hide the fact that the Harmon is not a threat to public safety and to avoid having the repairs made that Perini and its third-party structural engineers have offered to do.” The company said it believes MGM seeks to tear down the building “to avoid adding the Harmon as additional glut to its other vacant properties in CityCenter.”

MGM has no plans for the site once the Harmon Building is removed, and the vision of another luxury hotel on the Strip today remains only a desert mirage.

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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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Beckley Las Vegas Display Tree: Flatcut
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Unraveling strands of steel pipe create a clothing display and focal point for the tony boutique.

Flatcut, a design and fabrication firm with a studio in Brooklyn and a 100,000-square-foot facility in Passaic, New Jersey, has more than 100 machines to its name. Though it has the capabilities to mass-produce 20,000 custom furniture pieces and 50,000-square-foot facades, the firm also creates small, site-specific installations for museums and retail stores. Most recently the Beckley Boutique, a celebrity hot spot and shopping destination on Melrose Avenue, hired Flatcut to design an eye-catching design feature at its new Las Vegas outpost in the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino. With its Arquitectonica-designed façade, the Cosmopolitan has interiors by Rockwell Group, Jeffrey Beers, and Adam Tihany; the hotel’s retail stores wanted to stand out, too. Beckley envisioned a functional sculpture at the store’s entrance to showcase its eclectic mix of emerging and established fashion designers. Flatcut had already worked on the store’s Melrose flagship, so the firm was a natural choice to design a new feature. Rather than produce a literal translation of a retail “tree” (like the one that stands in the Melrose store window), Flatcut abstracted the design into bunches of unraveling strands to create a dynamic shape that would attract hotel and casino patrons while also setting off the boutique’s wares displayed prominently in the storefront. The design was developed parametrically to establish an iterative process capable of creating multiple variations in a short period of time. The firm’s custom software is capable of reading a series of radii and lengths taken directly from the 3-D model. This results in a highly accurate translation process, with little opportunity for human error. The tree’s strands are made of one-inch outside diameter light-gauge steel tubing pipe bent by a three-axis CNC pipe bender. The sculpture includes a total of 36 custom strands designed from three different curves and cut at 12 different lengths, creating a swirling, centrifugal design. Notches at the top of each branch can hold hangers or accessories. Though the installation stands only 10 feet tall with a diameter of five feet, it holds its own among the hipster clothing and stands out in newly design-centric Las Vegas.
  • Fabricator Flatcut
  • Designer Flatcut
  • Location Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Completion Date December 2010
  • Material 1-inch light gauge steel pipe
  • Process 3-axis CNC pipe bending
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Vegas Bets on Retail (3 of 3)
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.

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Mastro's Ocean Club.
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Quick Clicks>Trucking, Biking, Leaking, Exploring
Iron skillet meets iron fist. Some of the most striking visuals to come out of this year's TED conference weren't made for the stage but for the street: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution truck, an 18-wheeled kitchen classroom designed pro bono by Rockwell Group, launched last week and represents just one of the outcomes of Oliver's 2010 TED Prize wish to make kids healthier. The wish of this year's TED Prize winner, the artist currently known as "JR," is that people will participate in his global art project INSIDE/OUT and help paper streets with gigantic portraits of themselves. Step 1: set up photo booths that print poster size pics of conference participants--quite a surreal experience, writes Guy Horton for Good. Get over it. So says the New Republic to New Yorkers who complain that New York DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has stepped on some toes in her quest to make streets slimmer, bike lanes fatter, and pedestrians safer. The griping was highlighted in a March 4 profile of the commissioner in the New York Times. Leaky legend. The Economist reports that Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio in Spring Green, Wisconsin, is banking on this year's 100th anniversary of the site to raise money for much-needed restoration work: the roof is leaking, the wood beams are sagging, and families of bats keep trying to settle down in the rafters. Urban archaeology, armchair edition. Yurbanism rounds up new apps that are sure to appeal to urbanists, like "Abandoned," which uses GPS to identify abandoned buildings near your location, complete with links to pics: “Explore modern day ruins from empty mental asylums to shipwrecks under the Great Lakes. Discover the history and location of dead amusement parks, overgrown hospitals, forgotten hotels and creepy ghost towns.”