American architect Frank Gehry has at last made it to build in Manhattan, that Mecca for architects. Although on the embankment, close by the snarling six-lane highway there, and a sheaf of downmarket housing, this is every architect's dream. Gehry's developer, Barry Diller of IAC, had a rare vision, which Gehry came to share. The 9-storey building is an entirely glass construct, that reminds one of a sailing schooner. The curved embryo of the building required vast 35ft by 22ft glass panels, shaped in situ by a process known as 'cold-warping'. Gehry's design involved a 150-degree twist from ground to parapet level. A special process silk-screened white enamel particles at normal occupancy heights, above and below, yet still retaining a clear band of glass to take in surrounding views. The resulting effects, both by day and by night, are mesmerising from inside, giving onto the Hudson river, and from outside grab the speeding passer-by on the Highway, as well as being a jogger's delight to see. IAC, the developers, and Frank Gehry have now provided this edge of Manhattan with a piece of architectural suprematism which will be a hard act to follow.
A Post-Modern Renaissance Rooted in Tradition
Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, 19 March–7 July 2013. Wood as an artistic medium can be humble or exalted, functional or sculptural, stripped down or decorative, or any combination of these qualities in a single art work.
Richard Serra in London
Richard Serra’s 2008 Exhibition at Gagosian gallery, which closed just before Christmas, showed that the American sculptor was working at the height of his powers. A true colossus, both intellectually and materially, in both America and Europe, he brings dread to architects whose buildings are fortunate enough to receive his work for exhibition.
Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA
Initiated by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA, comprising 11 exhibitions and a range of accompanying events in and around the city, celebrates precisely this.
Brad Pitt’s Initiative. Making It Right: New Houses at New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward
Brad Pitt’s Make it Right housing neighbourhood reconstruction initiative for New Orleans is not the first ever solution to follow a catastrophe, but it is the most ingenious.