One Jackson Square, by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, in the Greenwich Village Historic District. Photo: Michael Moran
NATIONAL AIA AWARDS
On a corner site in Manhattan, within the Greenwich Village Historic District, stands a new 11-story apartment building wrapped in ribbons of glass. The faceted, undulating facade creates a lively contemporary foil to the neighboring masonry structures while reflecting their facades and the greenery of Jackson Square Park.
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, this building is one of 27 projects honored by the American Institute of Architects in its AIA Institute Honor Awards for 2011.
One Jackson Square occupies a six-sided site that had served as a surface parking lot since subway construction in the 1920s. Located at the convergence of two street grids and spanning two zoning districts, the 30-unit, high-end residential building steps up from seven to 11 stories, south to north.
To allow the curtain wall to follow a unique rippling path at each floor, a split horizontal joint was used at each spandrel location. Varied-width glazed panels form facets in the enclosure, approximating each floor slab's irregular curves. The result is a complex facade that engages in an animated dialogue with its urban surroundings.
The serpentine street wall of glass is continuous with the lobby's similarly sculptural walls of bamboo plywood. The rest of the ground floor is slated for retail. Above, the building contains a mix of apartments: one-, two-, and three-bedroom units in the lower floors, two-story duplex and terrace units above, and, in the tower, the most-spacious units. >>>
TWA Terminal at Idlewild (now JFK) Airport, Eero Saarinen, New York, NY (1962). Photo: © Ezra Stoller/ Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery
by Michael J. Crosbie
Many of the finest examples of Modern architecture from the late 1940s to the late 1970s were "made" by a master — not necessarily the architect, but the man who captured the essence of Modern architecture through the lens of his large-format camera: Ezra Stoller.
Most of us "know" a building from its photographs — it's only after we see the iconic images that we venture to see the real thing. But the images shape our expectations of and our prejudices and passion for the architectural work. We might even try to snap it in the same way as a master photographer such as Stoller.
And for those great works of architecture that we have yet to visit in person, or that have been lost to time, the iconic image is all we have. >>>
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