MoMa Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53rd Street

Yoshio Taniguchi



Transit:  5 Avenue/53 Street – E train

Access: Hours of Operation


This renovation was controversial and has been criticized for the lack of flow through the spaces of the museum; nonetheless the circulation and spatial relationships are interesting.  Don’t forget to take a peek into the MoMA Design and Bookstore across the street.



SOHO camper store

110 Prince Street

Shigeru Ban



Transit:  Prince Street – N and R train

Access: Hours of Operation



This store is arranged on a 45-degree angle with a striking and contrasting appearance when looking from the front to the back or the back to the front.



Sperone Westwater Gallery

257 Bowery

Foster + Partners



Transit:  Bowery – J and Z train


The most noteworthy feature is the 12x20 foot gallery space houses within an elevator.  This nomadic room can be moved to five different floors alternating the gallery space as needed.  The red elevator is can be seen through the exterior façade as well.



Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street

Steven Holl and Vito Acconci (Artist)



Transit:  Spring Street – 4 and 6 train

Access: Hours of Operation


This façade opens in a variety of combinations blurring the line of interior and exterior.  Originally created to last only 2 years it has become an architectural landmark.


Alessi Flagship Store

130 Greene Street




Transit:  Prince Street – N and R train

Access: Hours of Operation


In an effort to update the postmodernist past the interior of this retail space highlights its merchandise with successive layers of light bands which follow the folded walls and ceilings.



New Museum

235 Bowery




Transit:  Bowery – J and Z train

Access: Hours of Operation


Stacked boxes makeup the architectural form is clad in continuous metal maintains the monolithic appearance of the facades.  The top floor has a balcony which is a great place to see the entire neighborhood.



Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue

Marcel Breuer



Transit:  77 Street – 4 and 6 train & walk

Access: Hours of Operation

Photo by Kent Wang


The single window on the façade of this building is undeniably distinct and my favorite move in this project.  The Whitney is currently developing a new main building designed by Renzo Piano in the Meatpacking District next to the Highline.



Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle

Brad Cloepfil



Transit: 59 St–Columbus Circle-1 & 2 train

Access: Hours of Operation



Originally designed by Edward Durell Stone, the vermont marble was replaced with glazed terra-cotta and glass which changes color with the natural light.

IAC Headquarters

555 West 18th Street

Gehry Partners


Office Tower

Transit:  14 Street – A, C, and E train & walk

Access: Limited Access


To achieve the sail-like forms of the building the curtainwall had to be made to twist and curve - this was no small feat, this was achieved by cold-bending the glass on-site.  The frit is busy when viewed in close proximity and take a very different appearance from a distance.



Alice Tully Hall

1941 Broadway (Lincoln Center)

Diller, Scofidio + Renfro Architects



Transit:  66 Street – 1 and 2 train

Access: Limited – tours available


Photo by Jessica Tracey


DS+R stated “We would like to turn the campus inside-out by extending the intensity within the performance halls into the mute public spaces between those halls and the surrounding streets.”



Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place


Transit:  4 Street – A, B, C, D, E, F and M train

Access: Free, Hour of Operation


This non-profit organization celebrates New York’s vibrant architecture and contains exhibits focusing on architecture and the power of design.


Guggenheim Museum

1071 5th Avenue

Frank Lloyd Wright



Transit:  86 Street – 4, 5 and 6 train & walk

Access: Hours of Operation


Visitors are intended to take the elevator up and gently sloping down the continuous slope while viewing the exhibit.  The open atrium creates views and connection to multiple areas of the museum at once.



The Morgan Library Museum

225 Madison Avenue

Renzo Piano



Transit:  33 Street – 4 and 6 train

Access: Free, Hours of Operation


Piano did a spectacular job on this museum and research library.  The four story steel-and-glass atrium links McKim's library building and the Morgan house.  Don’t forget to visit the auditorium in the basement.



The High Line

100 Gansevoort Street

Diller Scofidio + Renfo

Landscape - James Corner Field Operations


Elevated Park

Transit:  8 Av – L train and walk

Access: Free, Fully accessible


The High Line was originally built in the 1930s but has not been in use since the 80s.  An ideas competition solicited ideas for its reuse - 720 teams from 36 countries entered.



The Beekman

8 Spruce Street

Gehry Partners



Transit:  Fulton Street– 2 and 3 train

Access: Limited


Inspired by the bay window Gehry resisted the typical flat condo façade - the rippling stainless steel clad façade rising 76-storys is dynamic.


40 Bond

40 Bond Street

Herzog and de Meuron



Transit:  Bleecker Street – 4 and 6 train

Access: No Access


Talk about controversial – everyone has a different opinion about this building.  It is worth a look did Herzog and de Meuron miss the mark on this one or is it a home run.  Either way units in this building have sold for well over 2 million …



The Brasserie

100 East 53rd Street

Diller Scofidio + Renfro



Transit:  51 Street – 4 and 6 train

Access: Hours of Operation



Photo by Coolboom


This ultra-sleek restaurant is tucked at the base of the Seagram Building; the food is awesome definitely worth the visit.

Hypar Pavilion

Hearst Plaza and 65th Street

Diller Scofidio + Renfro


Restaurant and Park

Transit:  66 Street – 1 and 2 train

Access: Free, open plaza

Photo by Ana Paula Hirama



Diller comments, the “moment of invention came when we discovered how to design a destination restaurant without consuming public space on the Lincoln Center campus. The roof became a new kind of interface between public and private, with an occupiable twisting grass canopy over a glass pavilion restaurant.”



Prada Flagship Store

575 Broadway

OMA – Rem Koolhaas



Transit:  Prince Street – N and R train

Access: Hours of Operation

Photo by OMA


OMA is said to have spent two months of research "investigating ways to reinvent the retail experience."  This store cost $40 million for 23,000 square feet of retail space - Prada’s attempt to reinforce awareness in their brand.

Seagram Building

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library

41 Cooper Union

The  9/11 Memorial

375 Park Avenue

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


Office Tower

Transit:  51 Street – 4 and 6 train

Access: Limited


Photo by Philip Sheldrake


Exemplifying the building’s structural elements which form the decorative element of the façade after all Mies did say ‘Less is more’



70 Washington Square South

Philip Johnson and Richard Foster



Transit:  8 St - NYU– N and R train

Access: Hours of Operation


To prevent further suicides NYU hired Joel Sanders to design the gold metal guard around the atrium perimeter designed to resemble digital pixels.  Without a library card you cannot go through the library but the atrium can be seen at lobby entrance.



41 Cooper Square



Academic Building

Transit:  Astor Place – 4 and 6 train

Access: Hours of Operation


The double skin exterior façade is a perforated stainless steel cladding which helps control the interior temperature and expresses the variety of program happening inside.



World Trade Center (Ground Zero)

Michael Arad and Handel Architects



Transit: Cortlandt St – N and R train

Access:  Reservation required


Two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools is one of the most eco-friendly plazas, occupying approximately 16 acres.




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