In this issue:
• Bienvenue Louvre-Lens
• Turning a New Page on Library Design
• Five Venues Achieve Design Unity
• Built for Botox
• Affordable Homes for the Holidays

Bienvenue Louvre-Lens

Hisao Suzuki

Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan

The Louvre Museum has opened its first satellite seven years since its formation was first announced. Located in a park-like setting in the city of Lens, Region Nord, Pas-de-Calais, France, Louvre-Lens showcases approximately 900 works from the Louvre’s esteemed collection. Co-designed by Tokyo-based Pritzker-Prize-winner SANAA and New York’s Imrey Culbert, the 300,000-square-foot project, of which 75,000 square feet is dedicated to galleries, features five one-story pavilions that are connected at their corners. The glass entrance pavilion in the center – a variation on the Louvre’s Paris pyramid – contains a main reception area, an introductory gallery, accessible via a large staircase where visitors can peer down onto the museum’s reserves and into the studios where artworks are prepared for display, a public space for the use of the local population, a multimedia library, store, and café. The other pavilions are clad in a reflective aluminum. The museum’s largest space, the opaque Galerie du Temps, hosts a semi-permanent exhibition of art works from the prehistoric era to the 19th century. Shown in chronological order, the exhibition will allow comparisons to be made across cultures, which is a departure from the way art is exhibited in the Paris Louvre. Imrey Culbert was also responsible for museography and gallery design.

Turning a New Page on Library Design

© Anton Kisselgoff

© Anton Kisselgoff

© Anton Kisselgoff

Designed by Sen Architects, the Kensington Library has opened. The Brooklyn Public Library’s first newly constructed library in twenty years, the building is a sustainable and flexible space tailored to the needs of the 21st-century library user. The 18,000-square-foot library is designed with a welcoming civic presence that reveals the reading spaces within. Programmatically, the first floor consists of the main reading area, a stack area and separate section for young adults, and a central material processing area, which has been located for easy street access. The second floor, primarily for younger users, has an area for storytelling. A central feature of this building is its skylit reading area. The skylight, combined with the north side’s glazing, bathes the entire library with natural light. A simple computer-controlled louver system installed below the skylights moves with the sun to eliminate glare. A meeting room that can be used for community functions is located in the basement and is directly accessed from the main stair as to not disturb library operations. The project was managed by the Department of Design + Construction and through the City’s Percent for Art Program, the new library incorporates a colorful kinetic sculpture by artists Carol May and Tim Watkins. The building received an Award for Excellence in Design of a Public Project from the Public Design Commission for incorporating green design with other human, urban, and architectural aspects. A.G. Consulting Engineering served as the project engineer.

Five Venues Achieve Design Unity

Goldstein Theater

Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA

Colden Auditorium

Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA

LeFrak Concert Hall

Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA

WASA/Studio A has completed a project that incorporates a new landscape and environmental graphic-design elements that create a more unified and consistent institutional identity for the Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) in Flushing. Five different venues located in three separate buildings on campus comprise the center. Enhancements to the Colden Auditorium include a new electric-winch fly system, new backstage access, a new entry and lobby, and renovated backstage facilities. The reconstruction of the Colden Amphitheater includes new terraced seating, a new entry and lobby, a new over-stage grid, new lighting positions, projection capability, a new sound system, and ADA accessibility. Upgrades to the LeFrak Concert Hall involve a new entry sequence with an informal lobby performance space, improved acoustics, and upgraded HVAC systems for better environmental controls and acoustics. Godwin-Ternbach Museum improvements include an enlarged gallery space, museum quality lighting system, museum-quality HVAC system, new entry sequence, and improved public amenities. The Goldstein Theater received a new electric-winch fly system, a new split orchestra-pit extension, an upgrade of the theatrical lighting system, a new entry and lobby, renovated dressing rooms, and a renovated shop.

Built for Botox

© Casey Dunn

© Casey Dunn

© Casey Dunn

Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects recently completed Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Austin, TX. The design of the just over 4,000-square-foot office takes advantage of expansive north and east exposures to create a light-filled retail lobby, enveloped in Venetian plaster walls and walnut millwork, that forms grand open space between the waiting room and medical program. To balance the need for privacy, the design employs a series of visual filters, including a central prep area rendered in perforated-aluminum screening, which obscure views into the medical area while allowing natural light to filter deep into the space. Located on the grand floor of the Michael Graves-designed Four Seasons Residences tower, patients have their own private entrance to the hotel, and access the hotel’s services during their appointments.

Affordable Homes for the Holidays

© Ronald L. Glassman

Spring Valley Apartments, a mixed-use development featuring 55 units of affordable housing and 6,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, recently opened in downtown Spring Valley in Rockland County, NY. Designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), the four-story building consists of 15 one-bedroom, 34 two-bedroom, and six three-bedroom rental apartments. The use of decorative molded cornices framing projecting bays and cast stone surrounds on street-level store fronts helped to create the look of a traditional American Main Street. This project joins Spring Valley Senior Housing, a 53-unit affordable housing project, as part of the village’s plan to revitalize the downtown district by replacing blighted buildings with new construction of mixed-use commercial and residential construction. The project is a partnership between Community Preservation Corporation Resources, Rockland Housing Action Coalition, and the Village of Spring Valley.

This Just In

Hudson Yards, a 26-acre site that was the single largest piece of undeveloped property in Manhattan, is now set to become the centerpiece of the historic expansion of midtown Manhattan’s central business district. Ground was broken on the first tower (see “Hudson Yards Breaks Ground“), the 1.7 million-square-foot, 47-story South Tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF).

After several years of planning, design and construction, a team of students from The New School and Stevens Institute of Technology who participated in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon celebrated the completion of Empowerhouse, a Passive House based on an innovative model for affordable, energy-efficient green housing located in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The project was developed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development.

The WSJ reports that hotelier André Balazs is in talks with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Terminal at JFK into a boutique hotel.

Alan Gaynor + Co. in collaboration with Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design has designed a new 5,000-square-foot sales office and testing laboratory for Japan-based testing equipment manufacturer Advantest America near Princeton, NJ.

Out of 164 entries, Archilier Architecture has taken first place in an international competition to reimagine the long-abandoned lower level of the Detroit Superior Bridge in Cleveland, a neglected piece of urban infrastructure.

Adjmi & Andreoli will renovate a 130,000-square-foot factory space in Red Hook reminiscent of the Plazzo Grassi in Venice. They plan to unearth a central courtyard that was covered with concrete and steel in the 1950’s, unseal original windows that have since been filled with concrete blocks, and expose original brick to create five to six creative studios and a school of photography.

SO – IL has been selected to design the new flagship store for Benetton on Fifth Avenue.

KPF has launched DesignCloud, a web-based vehicle for interaction between designers in all of the firm’s offices worldwide. The focus of the charrette was to design something that invokes “Rest, Relieve, Relax, Repose”; all entries can be viewed at

For the second consecutive year, MKDA has sponsored the Creative Arts Workshops for Kids Urban Design Initiative, which introduces kids from Harlem elementary, middle, and high schools to planning and urban design through the examination of places, planning theory, and collaborative place-making.

Miami bound? Select VIPs and host committee members will enjoy exclusive access to the FXFOWLE Lounge at the new Miami Project | Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, which will provide guests with a curated place to socialize and relax, all in view of a custom-designed architectural installation.

In this issue:
• From the Desk of the President: Superstorm Sandy Update
• e-Calendar

From the Desk of the President: Superstorm Sandy Update
Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP
I would like to use this opportunity to update you on our activities in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. First, for those of you who have been hard-hit by this disaster, know that you are in our thoughts and I hope that everyone has resumed normal life with minimal disruption. I am pleased to report that our staff remained safe and the Center for Architecture was largely unaffected, aside from the power outage that occurred throughout lower Manhattan.

Despite that and the inability to operate out of the Center, AIANY staff and membership were able to mobilize a tremendous effort. In a true members-helping-members endeavor, the staff and volunteers put out more than 700 phone calls to members in zone A to offer assistance in finding temporary office space and access to other resources.

The Chapter issued a call to action to help City agencies assess damage to the nearly 35,000 buildings impacted by Sandy. Within hours, hundreds of AIA members volunteered their services. To contribute further, the Chapter, in conjunction with the Center for Architecture Foundation, raised money for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City by hosting a forum at the Center. “Designing the City after Superstorm Sandy” was an informative panel moderated by New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman that brought to light many imaginative and resourceful ideas regarding disaster relief and resilient design.

This last week, the Chapter’s Executive Committee and Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee Co-Chairs Lance Brown, FAIA, and Illya Azaroff, AIA, took the first step in an initiative to develop short- and long-term recommendations to City agencies. Our hope is these ideas will lead to a more resilient city in light of climate change, sea level rise, and other natural and man-made phenomena in the century ahead. Our main objective is to promote new information to the public and private sector in areas such as codes and zoning, infrastructure, the waterfront, and housing. AIANY Committee Co-Chairs will be reaching out to their members and professional colleagues in sister organizations to discuss this in greater detail. The Chapter will provide updates and opportunities to participate on its website, through eBlasts, and of course, by making all space at the Center for Architecture available.

New York City has come a long way since the disaster, but there is much more work to be done. I would like to thank our membership for donating their valuable time and all the other resources that have been committed to helping the recovery effort.

If you have questions or comments on our recovery efforts or to find out how you can be involved with a particular committee, please be in touch with Jay B. Bond, Policy Director,, at the AIA New York Chapter.

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.

Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year 2012 project winners include Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins by Clodagh Design International (Honoree, Beauty/Spa/ Fitness); Jay Godfrey by MR Architecture + Decor (Honoree, Budget); Phillips de Pury Important Nordic Design Exhibition by Shelton, Mindel & Associates (Honoree, Exhibit/Installation); John Hopkins Clinical Building and Rush University Medical Center by Perkins+Will (Honoree, Health Care: Large); Public Chicago by Yabu Pushelberg (Winner), Hotel Bel-Air by Champalimaud, and The NoMad Hotel by Jacques Garcia and Stonehill & Taylor (Honorees, Hospitality: Domestic Hotel); Grand Hyatt New York by Bentel & Bentel Architects/Planners (Honoree, Hospitality: Public Spaces); Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse by Slade Architecture (Winner), and The 40/40 Club by Jeffrey Beers International (Honoree, Hospitality: Bar/Lounge); Toy by Jeffrey Beers Interna- tional (Honoree, Hospitality: Asian Fusion); The Dutch Miami by Meyer Davis Studio (Honoree, Hospitality: Casual Dining); PoP PuB by Parallel Design Partnership (Honoree, Hospitality: Counter Service); The Pump Room by Yabu Pushelberg (Winner), Le Bernardin by Bentel & Bentel Architects/Planners, and Swift at The Roundhouse by Rockwell Group (Honorees, Hospitality: Fine Dining)…

…LCT3 by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture (Winner), and Brooklyn Navy Yard by workshop/apd (Honoree, Institutional); Calder Foundation Project Space by StephanieGoto (Honoree, Institutional: Arts); Julian Street Library by Joel Sanders Architect (Honoree, Institutional: Library); Chabad Serving NYU by Penelope Kim Designs (Honoree, Institutional: Religious); Brooklyn Heights Townhouse by SPG Architects (Honoree, Kitchen & Bath); Shopbop by SHoP Architects (Honoree, Office: Small: 5,000-10,000sf); JetBlue Headquarters by HLW International (Honoree, Office: Large: Corporate); Sanofi Headquarters by STUDIOS Architecture (Winner), and Young Con- away Stargatt & Taylor by Francis Cauffman (Honoree, Winner, Office: Restoration)…

…Forsythe Apartment by Sayigh Duman (Winner), Petra Residence by Reddymade Design, and Chelsea Residence by Shamir Shah Design (Honorees, Residence: Apartment: Under 2,000sf); Skyhouse 150 by David Hotson Architect and Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design (Winner), Central Park Residence by Shelton, Mindel & Associates, and Beresford Residence by Tsao & McKown Architects (Honorees, Residence: Apartment: Over 2,000sf); Lumiere Residences by Tsao & McKown Architects (Winner), Abingdon Model Apartment by 2Michaels and Flank, and 41 Bond Street by DDG and Dufner Heighes (Honorees, Residence: Model Apartment/Public Space); Tribeca Rooftop Garden by Barlis Wedlick Architects, and Bedford Residence by Joel Sanders Architect and Balmori Associates (Honorees, Residence: Pool House/ Outdoor); Long Island Beach House by West Chin Architect (Winner), Robins Way by Bates Masi Architects, and Hidden Hollow by O’Neill Rose Architects (Honorees, Residence: Retreat); Sam’s Creek by Bates Masi Architects (Winner, Residence: Urban/Suburban House)…

…Xocolatti by de-spec (Honoree, Retail); Joe Fresh New York Flagship by Burdifilek (Winner), Anthropologie Oklahoma City by EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect, and Intermix Meatpacking by Janson Goldstein (Honorees, Retail: Fashion); Marc by Marc Jacobs Showroom by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects (Winner), Stuart Weitzman Showroom by TPG Architecture (Honoree, Retail: Fashion Showroom); Louis Vuitton Island Maison (Winner) and Chanel 51 Avenue Montaigne (Honoree) by Peter Marino Architect, and Harry Winston Shanghai Pavilion by Studio Sofield (Honoree, Retail, Luxury); Momentum Group Chicago Showroom by Conant Architects, and Nucraft Chicago Showroom by M Moser Associates (Honorees, Showroom/Tradeshow: Small); SOFA Art Fair 2012 by David Ling Architect, and ALB Design Center of Chelsea by Luca Andrisani Architects (Honorees, Showroom/Tradeshow: Large)…

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announced initial design-team shortlists for Worldwide New Construction A/E Design Services, including Ennead Architects; SHoP Architects; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Steven Holl Architects, and Weiss/Manfredi Architects; OBO also announced teams shortlisted for Worldwide Major Rehabilitation/ Renovation A/E Design Services, including Architecture Research Office (ARO); Beyer Blinder Belle Architects; and Weiss/Manredi Architects

openhousenewyork (OHNY) has appointed Gregory Wessner as the new Executive Director effective 01.01.13…

EYP introduced Richard Kuhn, AIA, as Lead Designer and Principal…

Perkins+Will announced that James May, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as Managing Principal of its New York healthcare practice…

Francis Cauffman has appointed Steven Stainbrook, AICP, as its new Director of Higher Education…

2013 OCULUS Editorial Calendar Announced!
The Oculus 2013 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated in the calendar to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA:

2013 marks the 75th Anniversary of Oculus (launched 1938!), and 10th Anniversary of the magazine’s current iteration.

Note: The Arnold W. Brunner Grant application deadline is 02.01.13.

12.07.12 Call for Entries: USITT 2013 “Ideal Theatre” Student Design Competition for Architecture and Theatre Students

12.10.12 Call for Applications:2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

12.14.12 Request for Proposals: Design and the Learning Environment — American Architectural Foundation (AAF) /AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE)

12.14.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Brendan Gill Prize — The Municipal Art Society of New York

12.15.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards

12.15.12 Call for Entries: 2 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Com-petitions: Schools and ICFF Studio

*Extended: 12.18.12 Call for Submissions: Change the Course: NYC Waterfront Construction Competition

01.07.13 Call for Proposals: The 2nd Annual Folly Competition —Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League of New York

01.11.13 Call for Nominations: Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards —The New York Landmarks Conservancy

01.18.13 Call for Entries: Coverings 2013 PROJECT: Green

01.25.13 Call for Presentations: 2013 Healthcare Design Conference, 11.16.13—11.19.13, Orlando, FL

01.31.13 Call for Entries: Flat Lot Competition: Re-Imagine the Parking Lot — AIA-Flint and Flint Public Art Project

02.08.13 Call for Abstracts: The 6th Making Cities Liveable Conference in Melbourne, Australia (06.10.13 – 06.12.13)

02.08.13 Call for Entries: 2013 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards

02.08.13 Call for Entries: ASLA 2013 Professional and Students Awards (Student deadline is 04.26.13)

02.15.13 Call for Submissions: National Associates Committee (NAC) Forward Design Journal

03.06.13 Call for Entries: 3 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Student Competitions: Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition; Steel Design Student Competition; and Preservation as Provocation Ideas Competition: Castle Pinckney for the 21st Century

[Ongoing] Call for Applications: TH!NK:Art+Architecture Design-build Camp, Abetenim Arts Village, Ghana

11.29.12: NYASLA/New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects President’s Dinner celebrated its 2012 President’s Award winners: The Architect’s Newspaper for Promoting the Profession; Douglas Blonsky, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy for Service and Leadership; and Carter Strickland, Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection for Environmental Stewardship.

(l-r) Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 AIANY President; Marcy Stanley, Hon. AIA, Weidlinger Associates; and Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, Goshow Architects, 2013 AIANYS President

Kristen Richards

(l-r) Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director, Diana Darling, Publisher, The Architect’s Newspaper; and Nate Harris, Abel Bainnson Butz

Kristen Richards

(l-r) Rick Bell, FAIA, and NYASLA President Laura Starr, ASLA, Principal, Starr Whitehouse

Kristen Richards

(l-r) The Architect’s Newspaper Publisher Diana Darling, and former Executive Editor Julie V. Iovine

Kristen Richards

(l-r) Amy Stroud, Marketing Director, and Samuel A. Lawrence, LEED AP, Principal, HM White Site Architecture, with Michael Koontz, Senior Associate, Thomas Balsley Associates

Kristen Richards

(l-r) Jerry van Eyck, formerly of West 8 and now the founding principal of the landscape architecture firm Melk, with Rick Bell, FAIA

Kristen Richards

The Architect’s Newspaper receiving the President’s Award for Promoting the Profession: (l-r) Jack Harris, Senior VP, John Mini Distinctive Landscapes; Alan G. Brake, Executive Editor; Aaron Seward, Managing Editor; Diana Darling, Publisher; award presenter Claire Weisz, AIA, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design; and NYASLA President Laura Starr, ASLA.

© Stephen Grande, Jr./W Studios New York &

11.28.12: The opening ceremony was held for the Kensington Library, which is the first newly constructed library in Brooklyn in nearly 20 years and also its first “green” library. The project, designed by Sen Architects, received an Award for Excellence in Design of a Public Project from the New York City Design Commission.

(l-r): Renee V. McClure, Manager, Community & Customer Management at National Grid; David Burney, FAIA, Commissioner, NYC Department of Design + Construction; Council Member Brad Lander; Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO, Linda E. Johnson; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Assemblyman Jim Brennan; Brooklyn Public Library Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Dean and President of NY Law School, Anthony Crowell; and Council Member David Greenfield.

© Philip Greenberg