The latest issue of Oculus includes a close look at 529 Broadway, by writer Sarah Goodyear. In her piece, Goodyear reveals how the site’s past inspired our team’s approach to the building design, which involved a combination of careful observation, design talent, new technologies, and (humorously) a pair of binoculars.
The way that we protect and celebrate built history is a complex and important topic, and one that is explored in-depth in the latest issue of CLOG, LANDMARK. This is an especially timely publication for New Yorkers, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of New York City’s pioneering Landmarks Law and simultaneously experience a very active period of development, in contrast to recent history. And as our neighborhoods continue to evolve, the landmarking process continues to spur dynamic, even divisive, discussion.
In CLOG’s words, “we must continually decide what is worth keeping. A significant percentage of buildings today—particularly in Western nations—are preserved through imposed guidelines. While there are myriad reasons why a building or site may warrant preservation, being deemed a landmark is one of the most powerful and complicated.”
LANDMARK includes a variety of essays representing a diversity of perspectives on the topic, including that of Harry Kendall. Order your copy of LANDMARK today to read his insights, among others. To speak with Harry about the potential of preservation advocacy to be both ambitious and progressive, or other topics in which he is an expert, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday July 22nd, join us for a gallery talk by Joan Krevlin entitled “The World of Tomorrow, Today: New projects on three New York World’s Fair Sites.” Presented as part of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum’s exhibition “PERSUASIVE IMAGES: Architecture of the 1939–40 & 1964–65 New York World’s Fairs,” Joan’s talk will explore how a series of new civic projects in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is continuing the legacy of design innovation spurred by the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs.
The unassuming hipped roof of the former Tammany Hall headquarters on Union Square will soon turn to glass and grow taller with an unconventional shell-like dome, as approved recently—unanimously—by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. BKSK conceived this expansion to be deeply respectful, and expect it to be applauded by many as both reverent and intriguing. As a preservation approach, it is designed to yield unexpected insight about the building’s hidden history. We acknowledge that some members of the preservation community have reservations about the changes proposed and we are keeping the dialogue with them open. That the Commission approved an addition as visible as this to an individual Landmark is special and rare. Read more
On Monday, April 20th, the Museum of the City of New York will celebrate the opening of Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks. Organized in celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s pioneering Landmarks Law, Saving Place will feature projects from throughout the city.
To quote the exhibition description, “a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs.” We are proud to share that the BKSK-designed 114-116 Hudson Street is included in the exhibition.
Saving Place runs through September 13th. Learn more about the exhibition here.
On March 10, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved BKSK Architects’ revised proposal for Tammany Hall.
At the first hearing for this project, held in November 2014, the Commission recommended additional design study. At yesterday’s hearing, regarding the revised proposal to restore and expand the individually designated Tammany Hall on the northeast corner of Union Square, LPC commissioners offered praises such as “This is a gift to the city.” “Masterful.” and “Calls attention to a cultural icon on the square.” Read more about the hearing at New York YIMBY.
Inquiries about this project may be directed to Marissa Marvelli at mmarvelli[at]bksk.com.
New York has a rich architectural terra cotta heritage. This ceramic can be found on a plethora of historic buildings throughout the city, ranging from the iconic like Louis Sullivan’s Bayard-Condict Building and Cass Gilbert’s Woolworth Building to smaller-scale Queen Anne-style rowhouses in Park Slope and vibrantly glazed commercial structures along Coney Island Avenue. Of late, terra cotta has been experiencing a rebirth in contemporary architecture, including that of BKSK, thanks to the material’s inherent properties—specifically its malleability, infinite glazing options, environmental performance, and low toxicity. Read more