Boston, Massachusetts The architect’s turquoise copper complement to the revered institution is set to open next month. Pre-patinated copper cladding wraps much of the new building. Narrow balconies wrapping the performance space afford views of musicians below as well as other concertgoers. Six weeks before its scheduled opening, Renzo Piano’s addition to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has entered the final stages of construction, and on a recent visit it bustled with workers applying finishes in advance of the January 19th debut. Connected to the back of the museum’s original building by a 50-foot glass walkway, the addition only slightly
With a series of outdoor spaces oriented around a new building, the firm plans to create connections to San Francisco's Yerba Buena neighborhood. A rendering of Sn'hetta's new building shows its rippling fa'ade and outdoor terraces. SFMOMA director Neal Benezra watches as Sn'hetta principal Craig Dykers presents a model of the project at the firm's New York office.
New York City Spurred by city funds, arts organizations have built and expanded all over town Photo by Jeff Mermelstein Click the image above to view a slide show of New York's new arts spaces. In the last decade, the New York building boom spread to museums and performing arts organizations, with the construction or renovation of facilities all over the city. Thanks to years of a strong economy, there were generous private donors. But there was also a new patron for capital funds: the city itself. In 1998, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced the city would pay 10 percent of
The city of Tashkent just celebrated its 2,200th birthday, but the Uzbek capital, once a stop on the Silk Road, has retained little of its ancient architecture. In 1966, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake mostly leveled the city’s historic center of clay-brick buildings. The Soviet Union rebuilt with modern structures lining wide boulevards. But in the decades since Soviet rule, the Uzbek government has redeveloped the area with an eye toward bringing traditional ornamentation back to the city’s architecture while creating a sophisticated capital that embraces an international brand of contemporary design. One of its recent efforts, the International Forums Palace, anchors
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City A small, elegant exhibition on view at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey, has been attracting numerous visitors since it opened April 2, 2010. Organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (the RIBA) Trust, in London, in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura (CISA) Andrea Palladio in Vicenza, and the Morgan, the exhibition includes thirty-one infrequently seen drawings by Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) from the collections of the RIBA Trust. Supplementing the drawings are the RIBA’s rare books by Palladio,
The designer, thinker, and IDEO founder takes on an entirely new role as director of the Cooper-Hewitt. Photo Courtesy of IDEO / Nicolas Zurcher Bill Moggridge If you’re reading this on a laptop, take a second to admire Bill Moggridge’s work. His design for the GRiD Compass—a 1979 personal computer that enclosed a keyboard and screen in a clamshell-like, fold-open case for the first time—set the mold for the contemporary machine in front of you. U.K.-born Moggridge, 66, founded his first design firm in 1969, and over the next two decades the practice created innovative forms for many high-tech products.
The first object that visitors find when they arrive at Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity at New York’s Museum of Modern Art is not a tubular steel chair or a coffee and tea service or any of the other icons that have come to represent the storied German school.