Ezra Stoller’s photograph of the Hoffman Auto Showroom appears in a Metropolis Magazine article by Debra Pickrel remembering the recently demolished design. One of just three Frank Lloyd Wright projects in New York City (the Guggenheim and the Cass House on Staten Island are the others), and the only interior project, the space at 430 Park Avenue, was built in 1955. The central ramp provided a study for the ramp Wright would later design for the Guggenheim. When long-time tenant Mercedes vacated the space last December, organizations including the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State and the Historic Districts Council, were actively advocating to save it, but the owner quickly obtained a demolition permit, paving the way for its demise.
In addition to the showroom, Max Hoffman hired Wright to design his own home as well. An image of that building, which is still standing in Rye, is below.
The 2013 AIA/HUD Design Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design has been awarded to Via Verde, designed by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects.
The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), recognized three recipients of the 2013 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards. The categories of the program include Excellence in Affordable Housing Design [awarded to Via Verde]; Community-Informed Design Award [Community Learning Center by Abacus Architects + Planners] and the Housing Accessibility – Alan J. Rothman Award [New Accessible Passive Solar Housing; Stoneham, Massachusetts by Abacus Architects + Planners].
The award announcement by the AIA describes Via Verde as “providing a new model for public housing in New York City. The project was carefully crafted to accommodate the scale of the existing neighborhood and adjacent housing while adding both housing and green space to a brownfield site in the South Bronx.”
ArchDaily has coverage of all three recipients of the 2013 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards. These awards demonstrate that design matters, and the recipient projects offer examples of important developments in the housing industry. “These developments prove that you can push the boundaries of design while still creating something very special that folks can actually afford,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “These projects took innovative visions from the drawing board and made them a part of how we live today.”
Earlier posts about Via Verde, with links to press coverage, is on EstoNews.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has announced that it will raze the American Folk Art Museum building on West 53 Street in New York. Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, completed in 2001, the building interferes with MoMA expansion plans. The headline in The New York Times reads, “Overshadowed, and Now Doomed”.
In the weeks since the initial announcement, there has been a flurry of outcry about the decision. Of special note, and few minced words are the following articles:
Martin Filler’s article in the New York Review of Books;
an open letter from the Architectural League;
and Ned Cramer’s editorial in Architect Magazine.
To honor the building there is a new Esto Gallery, also at Architect Magazine.
John Hill has a new piece in Viewpoints showing selected personal projects of architectural photographers including Albert Vecerka and Peter Aaron.
Albert Vecerka’s project titled Manhattanville explores the neighborhood around where he lives.
This project is about the evolution of a neighborhood, Manhattanville. I believe that taking a closer look at our immediate surroundings and the forces that shape them is valuable. Places that were, places that are, and places that will be speak about our humanity. I’ve lived nearby for 20 years. When I first moved in, I witnessed the slow evolution brought by the arrival of Fairway (a large gourmet supermarket), some restaurants, and offices in mid and late 1990’s. This relatively slow and organic change has now been replaced by grand gestures as redevelopment by Columbia University is underway—a Robert Moses-like intervention. It remains to be seen what this very controversial move will bring, and my project will have to evolve accordingly.
Peter Aaron’s neighborhood in the Hudson Valley also provides the inspiration for his personal project, photographs of Olana, Thomas Church’s house overlooking the Hudson.
Thomas Church’s architect Calvert Vaux cared as much about the landscape of Olana as he did the house and had help from Olmsted and Vaux in designing the Romantic landscapes for his property. So I turned the camera on the foliage and views rather than the house itself. The resulting pictures have much more landscape rather than architecture in them. They are based on seasonal weather highlights and thresholds to vistas that Church would have planned.
The full article is at Viewpoints. Check back for the personal projects of other Esto photographers.
Francis Dzikowki photographed the renovation of Gary Brewer’s home in the Park Hill in Yonkers, New York. Period Homes has an article describing in detail, the scope and quality of the restoration, as well as the historical importance of the building.
Brewer, a partner at Robert AM Stern, drove by the house, and, while not looking for a home in Yonkers, bought it and embarked on a tremendous renovation that drew on Brewer’s professional skills and experience. In addition “the 1906 two-story house in Park Hill presented something of a research project and will be featured in RAMSA’s upcoming book, Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City.”
The complete article, and a gallery of Francis’ images can be seen at Period Homes.
After digging out from Nemo, and working at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Albert Vecerka perched atop an immense boulder for this shot.
Albert was in Tuxedo Park, New York to photograph the house below him, designed by Weiss Manfredi. He initially photographed the house in the fall of 2011, but had to wait until this winter for the snow shots.
Albert had been on this boulder on his previous trip to the site. He and his assistant were guessing how close to the edge he could go without falling – luckily he stayed on the rock!
The 2012 Architectural Record Editor’s Picks: Best Architecture of 2012 includes David Sundberg’s photograph of the Barclays Center in the Biggest Surprise Hit Category. The new stadium by SHoP Architects has a strong civic presence through a compilation of technology and innovative design.
More on the project, including a slideshow, is at the Project Portfolio.
Francis Dzikowski photographed a winning project in Architect Magazine’s 2012 Design Awards.
H3 Hardy Collaborative‘s LCT3 Theater at Lincoln Center is the opening spread in the magazine’s award announcement in the December issue. LCT3 adds theater space on the roof of the original Eero Saarinen Vivian Beaumont Theater.
There are earlier EstoNews posts about the Theater from when Francis’ photographs were in Vanity Fair and at NPR.com.
Congratulations to the architect and the photographer.
Oculus, the official publication of AIA/NYC, sponsors a series of events relating to notable new books that relate to architecture and the built environment. Oculus will host a book talk on Monday, December 10 at 6pm with Nina Rappaport and Erica Stoller. The authors of Ezra Stoller Photographer, which was recently released by Yale University Press, will speak about Stoller’s influential and wide-ranging work.
David Sundberg’s photographs of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn are featured in this month’s Architectural Record.
David’s images illustrate Joann Gonchar’s story, “Beauty and the Behemoth: SHoP deploys digital technology and imaginative design to give Brooklyn’s Barclays Center unexpected civic presence”. The article is accompanied by a slideshow of David’s images and SHoP’s drawings. The full catalog of David’s images of the Barclays Center can be seen at EstoStock.
Not one to linger, David’s now in Zambia, then on to Burundi, photographing two US embassy buildings before heading home for the holidays.
Check back here to see images from those projects.