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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

Sat, Sep 29 1:00 pm

Jack Lenor Larsen LongHouse Reserve Garden Tour

General Public: $67
Student with Valid ID: $62
Member: $62

The AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee invites you to a guided tour of LongHouse Reserve Grounds. Advanced registration is required for this event.

LongHouse Reserve was founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, internationally known textile designer, author, and collector, encompassing nearly 16 acres of East Hampton Township’s great Northwest Woods and present the landscape as an art form while offering a diversity of sites for sculpture installations. The garden plays host to sculptures by well-known artists including Blue Cobalt Spears, by Dale Chihuly; the Fly’s Eye Dome, designed by Buckminster Fuller; Play it By Trust, by Yoko Ono; Reclining Figure by Willem de Kooning; Irregular Progression by Sol LeWitt and Tumbling Woman by Eric Fischl.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. This tour will begin at 1:00pm and will run rain or shine. There will be time to explore the museum grounds after the guided portion of the tour. Boxed lunch will be provided and is included in the price of registration.

Directions: The Hampton Jitney and Hampton Luxury Line run frequent buses. The LIRR (Montauk Line) is often cheaper and faster to East Hampton. Cab or Uber service is recommended from the train station. Transportation to East Hampton is NOT included in the price of registration.

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Mon, Oct 1 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: One John Street

Attendee: $10

One John Street was the winning response to a public RFP held by Brooklyn Bridge Park. The design’s simple mass and authentic materiality is consistent with the DUMBO Historic District. Every apartment layout is designed to capitalize on the exceptional views offered by the site. Unlike most development sites, a careful analysis of the view corridors yields an unusual outcome: the views at the bottom are as good, if not better. Additionally, the upper portions of the building are subject to severe solar and acoustical exposures. A gradient of window sizes afford more masonry to protect the interiors at the upper floors, while on the lower floors larger windows offer broader views to the water and park. The ground floor contains a restaurant, lobby, and annex to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and opens up to the public and surrounding park.

Architect: Alloy

A program of Archtober 2018. See the full events lineup at archtober.org. See all Buildings of the Day here.

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Tue, Oct 2 1:00 pm

Building of the Day: Lenox Health Greenwich Village

Attendee: $10

Originally designed by Albert Ledner as the headquarters of the National Maritime Union and district hiring hall for local maritime trades, this 160,000-square-foot facility underwent an adaptive reuse to provide three primary medical services: the first freestanding, 24-hour emergency department in the New York metropolitan area; a full-service imaging center featuring digital x-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound; and a specialized ambulatory surgery facility focusing on interventional treatments for the sick and elderly. The interior reflects the underlying themes of the original program and design: the sea, ships, and circular shapes.

Original Architect: Albert Ledner, 1964
Renovation Architect: Perkins Eastman, 2015

This tour is co-hosted with DOCOMO/NY-Tristate.

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Wed, Oct 3 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Domino Park

Attendee: $10

Domino Park is part of the ambitious Domino Sugar mixed-use development project, providing a unique and unprecedented opportunity to reconnect Williamsburg to its waterfront and create a significant and continuous open space that is deeply rooted in the community and the site’s industrial history. Domino Park offers a range of activities, including a unique ‘Artifact Walk’ that integrates over 30 large-scale salvaged pieces. The park is designed to act as an absorbent sponge, the first line of defense against future super storms.

Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations

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Thu, Oct 4 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

Attendee: $10

The design and planning framework for Newtown Creek employs a “kit-of-parts”: structures and systems consisting of durable and corrosion-resistant materials – including stainless steel, glazed ceramic tile, glazed brick, and glass – are keyed by color, form, and material to organize the plant both visually and functionally. Flexibility for new and developing technologies are integral to the approach. Eight iconic futuristic, stainless steel-clad “digester eggs” are visible from vantage points across multiple boroughs and act as a symbol of civic service for travelers on several of the city’s highways and bridges.

Architect: Polshek Partnership / Ennead Architects

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Fri, Oct 5 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Swiss Institute

Attendee: $10

The four-story Swiss Institute building contains 7,500 square feet of gallery spaces for exhibitions and open programming, a library, flexible spaces, a Printed Matter bookstore, and a roof terrace and garden featuring site-specific installations and views of the neighborhood and beyond. Facilities and programs are also made more accessible through open floorplans, a new additional staircase, and an elevator. Selldorf Architects is proud to have collaborated on this incredible project with the Swiss Institute to realize their vision of a permanent space for display and engagement.

Architect: Selldorf Architects

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Sat, Oct 6 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: The TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport

Attendee: $10

 

The TWA Hotel project is an adaptive reuse of the historic 1962 TWA Flight Center designed by Eero Saarinen. The iconic terminal structure will serve as the lobby for a new 512-room hotel with guestrooms located in two adjacent seven-story structures, and a 50,000-square-foot conference center. The project carefully balances the new hotel buildings with the restoration of the Flight Center.

Original Architect: Eero Saarinen
Renovation Architects: Beyer Blinder Belle and Lubrano Ciavarra Architects

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Sun, Oct 7 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: BSE Global

Attendee: $10

BSE Global, formerly Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, wanted to unify their staff under one roof at Building 19 in Industry City. The client engaged TPG to design an exciting and welcoming workplace that reflects their commitment to creating memories. Moving to Industry City allowed BSE the opportunity to truly brand their space and strategize their departmental adjacencies. The collaborative workplace embodies the scenic Brooklyn location and raw aesthetic of the industrial building.

Architect: TPG Architecture

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Mon, Oct 8 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL

Attendee: $10

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diaspora experiences. The center is a research unit of the New York Public Library dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to materials documenting black life, and promoting the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.

The design objective of the project is to enhance how the Schomburg Center interfaces with the public and with the surrounding Harlem community by displaying portions of its vast collection and current events to the street. Features of the design include high-definition LED display systems, interactive information panels, display windows for historical artifacts, and a new landscape plaza with distinctive paving, plantings, and seating adjacent to the display areas. The project also includes a new gift shop and conference room building addition along with interior renovations of the Center’s Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books Division.

Architect: Marble Fairbanks

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Tue, Oct 9 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Five Manhattan West

Attendee: $10

The renovation of this one-million-square-foot Brutalist building repositions it within its new urban context—it is neighbor to the High Line, Manhattan West, and Hudson Yards—to Class A status by upgrading its public spaces, bringing daylight deep into the massive floorplates, transparency to its street presence, and improving its energy performance. The adaptive reuse of Five Manhattan West stands to prove the plausibility of creating contemporary, competitive office stock from structures that might normally be considered for demolition.

Original Architect: Davis Brody Bond, 1969
Renovation Architect: REX, 2016

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Wed, Oct 10 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Bronx River Art Center

Attendee: $10

Built as part of the Design Excellence Initiative with the NYC Department of Design and Construction, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the NYC Public Design Commission, the Bronx River Art Center is dedicated to bringing cultural education and professional arts programming to a diverse and underserved public in the South Bronx. 

The Bronx River Art Center borders the newly reclaimed Bronx River Greenway, and features a super-graphic facade that advertises the center to the public and to passing aboveground subways lines. Sage and Coombe designed the new center within its existing shell, providing new public galleries, classrooms, and offices, and integrating it with its setting along the Bronx River.

Architect: Sage and Coombe Architects

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Thu, Oct 11 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: 277 Fifth Avenue

Attendee: $10

Rafael Viñoly designed 277 Fifth Avenue with columns at the building’s perimeter to keep the interiors free from structural elements that might obstruct views and interrupt the layout of rooms. The perimeter columns establish a rhythm of alternating floor-to-ceiling vertical windows that frame views along multiple exposures and solid walls suitable for displaying art. One of the tower’s distinguishing architectural elements is a quartet of double-height, open-air loggias seemingly carved out of the building’s corners, spiraling downward around the building from the upper floors. Dramatically scaled and discernible on the skyline, the loggias are, as Viñoly describes them, “an interesting typology of open space and terracing that has not been seriously explored before.”

Architect: Rafael Viñoly Architects

A program of Archtober 2018. See the full events lineup at archtober.org. See all Buildings of the Day here.

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Fri, Oct 12 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: The Marcel Breuer Buildings at Bronx Community College

Attendee: $10

This tour will showcase five Marcel Breuer-designed buildings constructed on the uptown NYU campus (now Bronx Community College) between 1959 and 1970. These modernist structures of reinforced concrete and steel provide a dramatic contrast to the Neo-Classical style of architecture seen elsewhere on campus. Visitors will tour Silver Hall (now Colston Hall), Tech I (Polowczyk Hall), Tech II (Meister Hall), Community Hall, and Begrisch Hall, which was designated a New York City landmark in 2002.

Architect: Marcel Breuer, 1956-1964

This tour is co-hosted with DOCOMO/NY-Tristate.

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Mon, Oct 15 2:00 pm

Building of the Day: Hayes Theater

Attendee: $10

In 2015, Second Stage Theater purchased the landmarked Hayes Theater on Broadway, with a goal of dedicating it to contemporary works of theater by living American playwrights. After a two-year restoration by Rockwell Group, it reopened again in February 2018. A modern, approachable design vocabulary references the Hayes’s heritage as well as Second Stage’s contemporary aesthetic. The most striking intervention is an immersive transformation of the auditorium, with a handcrafted, pixelated environmental mural.

Architect: Rockwell Group

A program of Archtober 2018. See the full events lineup at archtober.org. See all Buildings of the Day here.

 

A program of Archtober 2018. See the full events lineup at archtober.org. See all Buildings of the Day here.

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Tue, Oct 16 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: R & Company

Attendee: $10

In June 2018, R & Company, a pre-eminent design gallery, opened its second location in Tribeca at 64 White Street. The renovated 1869 cast-iron building, designed by Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture, hosts multilevel exhibition spaces and an academic research center with an extensive archive and library. By maximizing the available 8,000 square feet for exhibitions, the space allows for R & Company to continue its discovery and rediscovery of twentieth- and twenty-first-century design.

Architect: wHY Architecture

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Wed, Oct 17 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Dock 72

Attendee: $10

Inspired by the forms of the vessels that were once built in the Navy Yard, the building’s “V-shaped” structural columns lift the ship-like structure above the floodplain and form dual water and land access. The typical rectangular office massing was transformed and sculpted, stepping down toward Wallabout Bay, to create terraces with views of the surroundings.

Architect: S9 Architecture

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Thu, Oct 18 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse

Attendee: $10

Poised on riprap overlooking the water, a new boathouse extends from the Pier 5 Uplands of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The porous structure punctuates the rhythm of the one-and-a-half mile long park, connecting the landscape to the waterfront. Providing secure open-air boat storage at grade level, with a multipurpose room and public restrooms safely above floodwaters on the upper floor, the architecture of the 5,000-square-foot boathouse is purposeful, economical, and resilient.

Architect: Architecture Research Office

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Fri, Oct 19 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: BBG The Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden

Attendee: $10

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden is a 1.5-acre wetland and riparian environment with a network of innovative water conservation features. It was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to highlight the beauty of water elements at BBG and anchor the Water Conservation Project, a garden-wide initiative to reduce outdoor freshwater use and mitigate storm-water impact. This is the first project of its scale and complexity in North America.

Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

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Sat, Oct 20 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: 100 East 53rd Street

Attendee: $10

This 61-storey residential tower at 100 East 53rd Street continues the practice’s investigations into the nature of the tall building in New York, exploring the dynamic between the city and its skyline. Located on the corner of Lexington and 53rd Street, it replaces the old YWCA building in Midtown Manhattan. Formally, it responds to the precedent set by two neighboring twentieth-century Modernist icons: SOM’s 21-story Lever House of 1952 and Mies van der Rohe’s 38-story Seagram Building of 1958. In the spirit of Mies’s philosophy of rationality, simplicity, and clarity, the tower has a slender, minimalist geometric form, designed to complement these distinguished neighbors.

Architect: Foster + Partners

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Sun, Oct 21 11:00 am

Building of the Day: Kew Gardens Hills Library

Attendee: $10

This new Kew Gardens Hills Library is designed to be a source of pride for the community. A perimeter of open rooms for adults, teens, children, and staff wraps a core of stacks and is capped with a green roof. The facade is a literal “lifting up” of the exterior walls to broadcast activities to the outside. The apex and most public corner is the main reading room, while a second “mini peak” creates the children’s room.

Architect: WORKac

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Mon, Oct 22 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Spyscape Museum

Attendee: $10

A new interactive museum experience situated in the podium of 250W 55th St. The existing building is a 38-story office tower designed by SOM, completed in 2013. The museum is split over three levels: the entire second level, partial ground level, and partial cellar level.

The experience combines entertainment and education on the subject of espionage and intelligence using the vehicle of interactive design.

Architect: Adjaye Associates

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Tue, Oct 23 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Manhattanville Campus Plan, Jerome L. Greene Science Center

Attendee: $10

 

Columbia University in the City of New York has always been an urban institution. Science, art, communications, global issues, community, and energy are combined and stitched together in a network of open spaces to shape Phase I of the Manhattanville campus.  A transparent, luminous, and active ground floor called the “Urban Layer,” largely open to the city, unifies Phase I. It gives the impression that the buildings are levitating above grade, to share space with and improve connections to the neighborhood.

Jerome L. Greene Science Center
Design Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Executive Architect: Davis Brody Bond

The Forum
Design Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Executive Architect: Dattner Architects

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Wed, Oct 24 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: 325 Kent Avenue

Attendee: $10

325 Kent is the first building to be completed as part of SHoP’s Domino Sugar master plan. It comprises 500 residential rentals, 20% of which are offered at below-market rates. Retail storefronts occupy the ground floor, while above, the residential floors step up in terraces from the east. The long facades of the building fan subtly to increase the sense of openness, while the dramatic bridging element creates an urbane backdrop to the plan’s new waterfront park.

Architect: SHoP Architects

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Thu, Oct 25 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Sculpture Studio

Attendee: $10

This project repurposes a long-underutilized industrial site to become a studio complex for a sculptor and his team. The artist employs digital fabrication technology as well as exquisite handwork to extend classical sculpture into new realms of materiality and subject matter. The project includes the renovation of a 10,000-square-foot warehouse building, and the construction of a new heavy equipment hall. Various studio and workspaces are provided for digital imaging, photography, woodworking, metalworking, sandblasting, and carving.

Architect: Andrew Berman Architect

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Fri, Oct 26 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: The Shed

Attendee: $10

The Shed is New York’s first arts center dedicated to commissioning, producing, and presenting all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. The Shed’s building— an innovative 200,000-square-foot structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group—is designed to physically transform to support artists’ most ambitious ideas. Its telescoping outer shell deploys over an adjoining plaza to double the building’s footprint for large-scale performances, installations, and events.

Architects: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group

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Sat, Oct 27 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Alice Austen House

Attendee: $10

Clear Comfort (a.k.a. the Alice Austen House) was built in 1690 as a one-room Dutch farmhouse. In 1844 it was purchased by John Haggerty Austen, Alice Austen’s grandfather. Alice Austen herself moved there as a young girl in the late 1860s with her mother, Alice Cornell Austen, after the two were abandoned by Alice’s father. In 1917, Gertrude Tate moved in, and the two lived together until financial problems forced them to move in 1945. When they left, the house fell into disrepair until a group of concerned citizens saved it from demolition in the 1960s. The house successfully gained status as a historic landmark and was restored in the mid-1980s.

Original Architect: Unknown

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Sun, Oct 28 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

Attendee: $10

Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, a new 50,000-square-foot building at the New York Aquarium, houses an exciting shark exhibition that conveys a sense of wonder of the ocean and an urgency regarding the ocean’s health while connecting New Yorkers to their local waters. The building’s design is an organic, fluid geometry resembling landforms carved by water. Integral to this theme is the spiraling ramp that unveils ocean views and leads visitors to a popular roof deck featuring open vistas.

Architecture, Exhibit Design, Landscape Architecture: Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects (Architect of Record), the Wildlife Conservation Society – Exhibition and Graphic Arts Department, and The Portico Group

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Mon, Oct 29 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: African Burial Ground National Monument

Attendee: $10

It was in May 1991, while the US General Services Administration was preparing to build a federal office tower in Lower Manhattan at Broadway between Duane and Reade Streets, that the first human remains from an 18th-century African burial ground were accidentally uncovered. Construction was subsequently halted and the resulting archaeological excavation unearthed more than 400 skeletal remains of men, women, and children, along with hundreds of burial artifacts. We commemorate this African Burial Ground with an “Ancestral Libation Chamber.”

Through Seven Elements, the Ancestral Chamber serves to physically, spiritually, ritualistically, and psychologically define the location where the historic re-interment of remains and artifacts of 419 Africans has taken place. It will also serve to acknowledge the site as a “Sacred Place” where an estimated 20,000 remains of Africans are currently buried. The African Burial Ground is widely considered to be one of America’s most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. In 1993, the African Burial Ground was designated a National Historic Landmark and in 2006 the African Burial Ground Site was designated a National Monument.

Architects: Rodney Leon / AARRIS Architects

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Tue, Oct 30 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: 123 Melrose

Attendee: $10

Situated on the former site of Brooklyn’s Rheingold Brewery, the project will generate 1,000,000 square feet of apartment units in Bushwick, 20% of which will be affordable. The project will host a multitude of communal spaces open to the neighborhood, while a 17,850-square-foot public park will bisect the development, creating a green promenade and two 400-by-200-foot blocks. These masses are further perforated by a sequence of meandering, interconnected courtyards that ultimately lead to the promenade. Over the pair of these New York City blocks, ODA superimposed the layout of woven streets in a typical old town core.

Architect: ODA

A program of Archtober 2018. See the full events lineup at archtober.org. See all Buildings of the Day here.

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Wed, Oct 31 12:00 pm

Building of the Day: Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park

Attendee: $10

Recently opened to the public, Phase II of Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park transforms 5.5 acres of abandoned industrial landscape into a new waterfront park. Phase II begins south of 54th Avenue and wraps around Newtown Creek to complete the full vision of Hunter’s Point South Park initiated in Phase I, resulting in nearly 11 acres of continuous waterfront park. The park offers places of retreat and invites intimate connections with nature at the water’s edge, complementing the active recreation spaces in Phase I.

The Hunter’s Point South is a new model for waterfront resilience, with a “soft” approach to protecting the water’s edge from floodwaters. A continuous meandering causeway, elevated slightly above the river, offers a walk along the river’s edge and protects nearly 1.5 acres of newly established wetlands. The design also leverages the site’s dramatic topography with a shaded grassy promontory, a new island reached by a pedestrian bridge, a kayak launch, exercise and picnic terraces, a collection of intimate “break-out” lounges off the pathways, and a dramatic cantilevered overlook that hovers above the wetland and offers panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.

Co-designed by: SWA/Balsley and WEISS/MANFREDI
Prime Consultant and Infrastructure Designer: ARUP

A program of Archtober 2018. See the full events lineup at archtober.org. See all Buildings of the Day here.

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