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Guided tours of significant buildings in New York City and the Tri-State area are organized by AIA New York Program Committees.

Led by architects, these intimate tours offer greater detail about a given site or building including its initial design and construction. Building tours are an opportunity to see inside some of the city’s most notable new projects and important historical sites that have made a sustained impact on the built environment.

Recent sites have included a tour of the Park Avenue Armory led by its restoration team; Congregation Beit Simchat Torah led by Stephen Cassell of Architecture Research Office; a private tour of NYC’s City Hall led by Richard Southwick of Beyer Blinder Belle; the Cary Leeds Tennis Center led by Peter Gluck of Gluck+; and the East Hampton Library and Guild Hall of East Hampton led by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and LHSA+DP.

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Upcoming Building Tours

Thu, May 13 2:00 pm

Building of the Day: Jones Beach Center

General Public: Free

*This event is occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

Designed as a “chalet for all”, the new net-zero Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center functions as a gateway to the stunning natural environment of Jones Beach West End 2, while also educating visitors on how they can become stewards of the environment. Meeting New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s objectives almost 30 years before its targets, the building serves as a model for sustainable architecture. Real-time energy performance will be prominently displayed as part of its permanent exhibition.

At 330 feet in length, the linear one-story building rises from foundations belonging to a previous 1960s bathhouse, extended on either side to accommodate the Center’s educational program. As a result of resiliency measures, the building perches above the horizon, providing stunning views of the dunes and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. A newly constructed landscape, reclaimed from 9.5 acres of demolished concrete parking, surrounds the building with native plant species, immersing it in an expanding natural environment.

Organized around a series of interior volumes that house offices, support spaces, and classrooms, a continuous exhibition space flows from gallery to gallery, spilling out onto a perimeter-shaded canopy and amphitheater. Characterized by sloping roofs and clerestory windows, the interior spaces are luminous. A mass timber roof structure resonates with the warmth of the building’s terracotta-colored radiant tile floor—a material nod to the former brick bathhouse. From the exterior, the roof’s iconic silhouette evokes a series of waves—a dynamic element found in both energy and nature. A cedar-clad trellis surrounds the building on all sides, enveloping a continuous porch in a changing rhythm of shadows. As an example of integration between architecture, landscape, ecology, engineering, and exhibition content, the Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center provides a public laboratory for learning about how feats of human engineering and forces of nature intertwine and overlap.

Architect: nARCHITECTS

This event is free! But please consider a supporting Archtober, NYC’s annual architecture and design month celebrating the rich cultural and architectural history of the city.


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