To ensure that New York remains among the most sophisticated global cities and its properties remain profitable, many power developers feel compelled to place a premium on aesthetics, so they hire the power architects. Commercial Observer added Santiago Calatrava to this year’s Power 100 because we believe that architecture plays a strong role in the success of a building, the transformation of a neighborhood and the happiness of New Yorkers. But Mr. Calatrava is hardly the only power player in the field of architecture and design. From Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s medical and graduate education building on Columbia University’s Washington Heights’ campus to the SHoP-designed South Street Seaport blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge, there is no shortage of highbrow architecture being incorporated into the city’s fabric. Here are the architects behind some of New York’s most fanciful buildings.
The Whitney Museum of American Art’s move to a Meatpacking District site at 99 Gansevoort Street between the High Line and the Hudson River will be complete when the new stunner designed by Renzo Piano opens to the public on May 1. The building at Washington and Gansevoort Streets represents a return from the Upper East Side to the Midtown South area for the institution founded in Greenwich Village in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art will have programming at the Whitney’s former uptown home for at least eight years after the new museum opens). With 50,000 square feet of indoor gallery space and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition areas, the new Whitney will boast “the first comprehensive view of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art,” according to the museum’s website.
The gates at Columbia University’s main campus on Broadway and 116th Street send a strong message: students are welcome and strangers stay out.
But Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus, stretching from 129th to 133rd Street west of Broadway, now under construction, is steered by a different philosophy. Its goal is to interact with the community and enhance it, rather than keeping out residents and city dwellers.
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Major Food Group, the restaurant organization behind downtown culinary darlings Torrisi and Parm, will continue its growth in New York with a new space in the Meatpacking District.
The restaurant group, led by partners Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick beat out more than 20 other applicants seeking a contract at a glass-walled building designed by Renzo Piano beneath the southern edge of the High Line, Grub Street reported. A source told The Commercial Observer that the 100-seat restaurant would take up 1,600-square-feet of space in the building.
The Whitney Museum broke ground last week. Buried by all the fanfare was the fact that the august institution still has a good deal of money to raise before it finishes its Renzo Piano-designed museum in 2015, about $200 million, a little under one-third the cost of the new building. Any deals it can Read More