25 New York Design Hot Spots: # 6-11 Architecture
Deborah Wilk -- Interior Design, 9/1/2012 12:40:00 PM
Designers: Carrère and Hastings; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (restoration)
Location: 465 5th Avenue, Manhattan
"During my first trip to the city, I was literally deposited in the library by a friend who couldn't take time away from work. My first impression was amazement at the beauty and grand scale of the interiors, the ornamentation, and rich materials. Wandering into the reading room, the sheer size, lighting, chandeliers, green lamps, and contemplative quiet made me realize, ‘Oh my God! I am really in New York.'"
-EJ Lee, principal, Gensler
7. Rockefeller Center
Designer: Raymond Hood
Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan
"The view from Fifth Avenue to the skating rink captures the elegance of the tower, the scale of the promenade, and the surprise of the open space at the end. But for me, the sculpture is one of the last examples of figurative work fully integrated into modern architecture. The balance between the simplicity of the architecture and the animation of the art is perfectly maintained: the sculpture becomes the architecture."
8. TWA Flight Center
"Obviously these are out of commission now, but when I worked at Calvin Klein, our corporate travel account was with TWA. And I loved walking on those arched, base-board lit jetways."
"This unique Art Deco space truly transported me to that singular time in history when design and music influenced each other. The measured combination of inventive design, bold detailing, and diverse mixture of materials excites the senses, making the eye wander from the glass planes of the lighting fixtures to the etched designs on the glass doors, the zebra wall treatment, the patterned tiled floor, the shape of the seating booths, the reflection of colors on the mirrors, and on."
-Belen Moneo, principal, Moneo Brock Studio
10. The view from a taxicab window
Location: Sixth Avenue and 40th Street, Manhattan
|"There's a terrific, fleeting view when you're in a cab, flying up Sixth Avenue
starting at 40th street. Looking to your right, in span of about 10
seconds, you take in the promenades, trees, lawn, and fountain at Bryant
Park. Glancing up, you catch the arched windows along the west façade
of the New York Public Library and then the upper floors of the Chrysler
Building in the distance. The blurred composition of designed space and
architecture is pretty tough to beat."|
-Steve Duenes, graphics director, The New York Times
11. Northwest Corner Building, Columbia University
Designer: José Rafael Moneo Arquitecto
Location: 550 West 120th Street, Manhattan
|"Wonderful in its context, the building both fits in and stands out
perfectly. It took an almost impossible site condition-built over a
number of long span underground spaces, it is actually a huge bridge-and
turned it into wonderful architecture."|
-Joan Blumenfeld, interior design director, Perkins + Will, New York
Photography from top: David Iliff/License CC-BY-SA 3.0; courtesy of Tishman Speyer and Bart Barlow; courtesy of mimao.eu; courtesy of Lenox Lounge; Hiroshi Sugimoto; Michael Moran