Construction begins on Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group’s “shape-shifting“ arts center in Manhattan

Rendering of “The Shed” arts center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group. Image credit: Rockwell Group, via globalconstructionreview.com.

Rendering of “The Shed” arts center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group. Image credit: Rockwell Group, via globalconstructionreview.com.

[Dubbed “The Shed”,] The 18,500 square metre venue has six storeys and can “accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, music, and multi-disciplinary work”. A cultural centre will be encased in a 34m-high outer shell that can slide on rails to double the ground space. The building includes two large-scale column-free galleries comprising 2,320 square metres of museum-quality space, a 500-seat theater and event and rehearsal spaces. [Completion is due] in 2019.globalconstructionreview.com

This week’s picks for NYC architecture and design events

A view of the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Heights, NYC. Photo: Malinda Rathnayake/Flickr.

A view of the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Heights, NYC. Photo: Malinda Rathnayake/Flickr.

As always, New York City is abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. For anyone curious about what local happenings to fit into your weekly schedules, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of events in New York City that are worth checking out.

Check back regularly so you don’t miss out. Have a look at our latest selection of NYC events.

TIMBER IN THE CITY: What’s Holding Timber Back? A Round Table Discussion | November 17, recommended by Alexander Walter

With so many wooden skyscrapers on the boards and under construction around the world right now, the future of timber architecture in urban contexts has never looked brighter — but doubts and misinformation among the public remain. The round table discussion What’s Holding Timber Back? hosted by Parsons School of Constructed Environments aims to “advance the goal of complete acceptance of mass timber buildings in North America.” Catch the live stream online if you can’t make it to the symposium.

New York at its Core | Opening on November 18, recommended by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg

Explore New York’s history from a Dutch settlement to present-day megalopolis, with a special focus on the big characters that charted its course—both human and animal. The exhibition also takes a look at the big challenges facing New York’s (and the world’s) future: housing, climate change and social equity.

Peter Hutton Tribute with Urban Omnibus | November 20, recommended by Justine Testado

Image via uniondocs.org.

Urban Omnibus and the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art will host a screening of two short films, “New York Portrait, Chapter II” and “Time and Tide”, in celebration of the late Peter Hutton. A merchant seaman-turned-filmmaker, Hutton was widely regarded for the way his films poetically captured NYC’s built and natural environments. Urban planner and Hutton neighbor Daniel D’Oca will introduce the films. General admission is $9.

Also keep track of our weekly event picks for Los Angeles and London.
Find more events in New York City here.

Heatherwick Studio’s “Vessel” Will Take the Form of an Endless Stairway at New York’s Hudson Yards

Heatherwick Studio's "Vessel" Will Take the Form of an Endless Stairway at New York's Hudson Yards, Interior View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio
Interior View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio
 

Thomas Heatherwick is bringing a new public monument to New York City. Today, Heatherwick Studiorevealed the first renderings of “Vessel,” a 15-story tall occupiable sculpture comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs that will serve as the centerpiece of the new Hudson Yards development in west Manhattan.

View of the Special Events Plaza. Image Courtesy of VisualHouse-NelsonByrdWoltzUpper Level View Through the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick StudioView of the Public Square and Gardens Looking South from 33rd St.. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick StudioView of the Pavilion Grove. Image Courtesy of VisualHouse-NelsonByrdWoltz+5

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View of the Public Square and Gardens Looking South from 33rd St.. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio

View of the Public Square and Gardens Looking South from 33rd St.. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio

Inspired by the mesmerizing geometries of Indian stepwells, Vessel’s lattice calls to mind a beehive or jungle gym – and will indeed offer a workout to visitors game enough to climb the almost 2,500 individual steps within the structure, nearly a mile’s worth of vertical pathways.

The object’s form takes on a conical shape, widening from 50 feet at the base to 150 feet at the top. And if the geometries alone weren’t eye catching enough, the steel structural frame has been clad in a polished copper-colored steel skin, which will provide warped reflections of the plaza below.

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Upper Level View Through the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio

Upper Level View Through the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio

“We had to think of what could act as the role of a landmarker,” said Thomas Heatherwick. “Something that could help give character and particularity to the space.”

The structure will be located in the central plaza of Hudson Yards, where it will be surrounded by native perennial gardens and a canopy of native trees, as well as a variety of seating options where visitors to the nearby Culture Shed or High Line can rest their feet.

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View of the Special Events Plaza. Image Courtesy of VisualHouse-NelsonByrdWoltz

View of the Special Events Plaza. Image Courtesy of VisualHouse-NelsonByrdWoltz

The plaza platform itself constitutes quite the technical innovation, as it acts as a ventilating cover for the rail yards while also serving as a reservoir for site drainage and storm-water management.

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View of the Pavilion Grove. Image Courtesy of VisualHouse-NelsonByrdWoltz

View of the Pavilion Grove. Image Courtesy of VisualHouse-NelsonByrdWoltz

The cost of “Vessel” is estimated at $150 million, double the original budget of $75 million.

Read more about the unveiling, here.

Finalists of “Reimagine a NYC Icon” contest announced

Finalist VOA Architecture, PLLC and Werner Sobek New York Corp's proposal for the Met Life Building. Image: VOA Architecture, PLLC and Werner Sobek New York Corp. via PDF.

Finalist VOA Architecture, PLLC and Werner Sobek New York Corp’s proposal for the Met Life Building. Image: VOA Architecture, PLLC and Werner Sobek New York Corp. via PDF.

Back in September, we told you about a competition to conceive a redesign of the MetLife Building. Earlier this week, the six finalists of the “Reimagine a New York City Icon” competition were announced. The competition, sponsored by Metals in Construction magazine and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York, isn’t part of any actual process in the works to modify the Midtown office tower, but are fascinating ideas of what could be. Perhaps these ideas will be put into use at other buildings.New York Yimby

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Collective–LOK’s “Heart of Hearts” Takes Shape in Times Square

Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts

Collective–LOK‘s Heart of Hearts installation has officially opened in New York City‘s Times Square, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, a competition curated by the Center for Architecture, the “faceted ring of 12 golden, mirrored hearts” will remain on view in Duffy Square through March 6.

The “alternative pavilion reflects and multiplies the pulsating activity of Times Square by creating a kaleidoscopic interior that dissolves the boundaries between viewing and performing. Within the ring, diamond-shaped spaces inside each heart create six ‘kissing booths’ where couples will find their activities mirrored, allowing both privacy and publicity in the Heart of Hearts. This room within the room of Times Square is the most site-specific ‘Heart’ installation to date and will be the first time a Valentine Heart will reach 10 feet,” says CLOK.

If you visit Heart of Hearts be sure to share your experience by using #heartofheartsTSq.

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Previous winners of the Times Square Valentine Heart Design include: Stereotank (2015); Young Projects (2014); Situ Studio (2013); BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) (2012); Freecell (2011); Moorhead & Moorhead (2010); and Gage / Clemenceau Architects (2009).

Watch New York City Sink in This Commentary on Affordable Housing

 

Brooklyn-based artist and designer Ekene Ijeoma has created Wage Islands, an interactive art piece that “expands New York City’s ‘tale of two cities’ by revealing the geographies of access to housing based on wages.”

In the project, a 3D map of the city is submerged in a box filled with black water, showing only the parts of the city that have affordable housing based on a wage of $8.75 and median monthly housing costs from $271 to $4001. Viewers press a button, which increases the wage on the display up to $77, concurrently raising the map out of the water to highlight the severity of the wage gap in relation to housing.

Learn more about the project by watching the video above.

News via Ekene Ijeoma.

Zaha Hadid Unveils High Line Installation

With the construction of their High Line-adjacent residential building 520 West 28th Street,Zaha Hadid Architects have constructed a temporary construction shelter to protect pedestrians in the event of any falling construction materials. However, as is often the case with Zaha Hadid designs, this is a construction shelter unlike any other, serving as a protective shelter but also as an artistic installation. Continue reading “Zaha Hadid Unveils High Line Installation”

Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)

People constructing a utopian city out of legos for the 'Collectivity Project,' by Olafur Eliasson and hosted by the High Line. Credit: the High Line

People constructing a utopian city out of legos for the ‘Collectivity Project,’ by Olafur Eliasson and hosted by the High Line. Credit: the High Line

…The Collectivity Project is about more than just play. Eliasson conceived of the project as a way to bring people together and allow them to create a utopian society, if only in miniature form. The idea, which is up until September 30, is at home at the 10th Avenue and West 30th Street section of the High Line, where the sounds of construction buzz in the background.Art Net

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The New York Times reviews MoMA exhibit, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

Image by Philip Greenberg for the New York Times

Image by Philip Greenberg for the New York Times

The exhibition recalls an earlier era when architects there believed that social challenges should be tackled by design, that humane societies deserved beautiful new forms, and progressive development put faith in art, nature and the resilience of ordinary people.Michael Kimmelman, New York Times

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93 Worth Street, NYC by ODA Architecture

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