Page D1.1 . 12 June 2002                     
ArchitectureWeek - Design Department
NEWS   |   DESIGN   |   BUILDING   |   DESIGN TOOLS   |   ENVIRONMENT   |   CULTURE
< Prev Page Next Page >
 
DESIGN
 
  •  
  • Austrian Cultural Forum Considered
     
  •  
  • New Vernacular Architecture
     
  •  
  • London's Thames Barrier Park

     
    AND MORE
      Current Contents
      People & Places
      Blog Center
      Book Center
      Download Center
      New Products
      Products Guide
      Classic Home
      Calendar
      Competitions
      Conferences
      Events & Exhibits
      Architecture Forum
      Architects Directory
      Topics Library
      Complete Archive
      Web Directory
      About ArchWeek
      Search
      Subscribe & Contribute
      Free Newsletters
       

     
    QUIZ

    Austrian Cultural Forum Considered

    by Michael J. Crosbie

    To much fanfare and critical acclaim, the Austrian Cultural Forum tower in midtown Manhattan opened in April 2002 with a crush of visitors and curious onlookers.

    Even a small gathering at New York City's newest building would have been a crowded experience. At only 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide, the Austrian Cultural Forum recalls the "sliver building" craze of the 1980s and 90s, when developers in New York raced to raise emaciated towers on sites formerly occupied by lower structures not much wider than a townhouse.

    Designed by architecture professor, architect, and theorist Raimund Abraham, who has taught at Cooper Union for the past 30 years, the ACF exhibits both the "thrills and spills" of buildings on such narrow sites.

    Outside, the Thrills

    The thrills are evident the minute you turn the corner at Fifth Avenue and start heading east on 52nd Street. Before you a totem rises, calling into question everything around it. Because of its modest footprint, and because it is surrounded by buildings at least as tall if not taller, the ACF tower is all the more powerful, as it breaks ranks with its humdrum neighbors.   >>>

    Discuss this article in the Architecture Forum...

    Continue...

    ArchWeek Image

    The Austrian Cultural Forum, by architect Raimund Abraham, within the urban context of on 52nd Street in Manhattan.
    Photo: Robert Polidori

    ArchWeek Image

    Front view of the ACF.
    Photo: Robert Polidori

     

    Click on thumbnail images
    to view full-size pictures.

     
    < Prev Page Next Page > Send this to a friend       Subscribe       Contribute       Advertise       Privacy       Comments
    AW   |   GREAT BUILDINGS   |   DISCUSSION   |   SCRAPBOOK   |   BOOKS   |   FREE 3D   |   SEARCH
      ArchitectureWeek.com © 2002 Artifice, Inc. - All Rights Reserved