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Barnes Foundation chosen as one of ArchDaily’s Amazing 21st Century Museums

stringioABC Stone is pleased to announce that the editors of ArchDaily have selected Tod Williams’ and Billie Tsien’s Barnes Foundation, in Philadelphia, as one of their 20 Amazing 21st Century Museums editorial. We are always honored to collaborate with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, but the work we did together on the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia was truly a labor of love, devotion. and commitment. The resulting Ramon Grey Gold Limestone facade and interior have garnered accolades from all over the A&D community and even earned a Tucker Design Award in 2014. Read about this and other compelling museum designs here.

HOK Will Soon Build Western Europe’s Tallest Residential Building in London

hok-build-western-europes-tallest-residential-building-london-02 New York–based architecture firm HOK has received approval to construct Hertsmere House, a 789-foot building that, when complete, will be Western Europe’s tallest residential tower. Located in London’s West India Quay neighborhood, the 67-story structure will be situated next to Canary Wharf, one of the city’s two major business districts. [Article continued here]

Get the Look: A Modern Kitchen featuring ABC Stone Architectural Digest

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Designer Elissa Cullman used brushed-nickel accents and modern appliances to elevate the kitchen of a 1920s New York penthouse. She also used ABC Stone’s Kashmir White Granite. Click here for the complete slideshow and to learn what other materials Ms. Cullman relied on to create this top notch design…

This is… Carrara

Awash with translucent light bouncing off the bedrock about 60 miles northwest of Florence sits Carrara. In addition to its world-renowned marble quarries, the city has academies of sculpture and fine arts and a museum of statuary and antiquities, and a yearly marble technology fair. The local marble is exported around the world, and marble from elsewhere is also fashioned and sculpted commercially here. Take a few moments and breathe in the sweeping vistas of magnificent Carrara.

Open House New York Launch Party

Over the course of two days each October, OHNY Weekend opens up hundreds of buildings and sites across the five boroughs for tours and talks. OHNY Weekend celebrates the best of New York architecture and engages the public in a conversation about the importance of design, planning, and preservation to the future of the city.

ABC was there to help celebrate and support this wonderful organization and their mission to inform, educate and inspire. For more information or to get involved, please visit:

Take Home a Nude

On October 15th, the New York Academy of Art (NYAA) held it’s 24th Take Home a Nude art party and auction at Sotheby’s in the heart of Manhattan. 150 naked or naked-inspired pieces, including work by Will Cotton, Arthur Elgort, Patrick Demarchelier, Yoko Ono and Kiki Smith were up for auction. 700 guests including Padma Lakshmi, Naomi Watts, Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy, Eileen Guggenheim, and Rachel Hovnanian were in attendance. The night’s honorees were author and journalist Tom Wolfe and New York art critic Jerry Saltz.

ABC proprietor Jonathan Tibett, who is also an NYAA board member, describes the evening as “a wonderful way to celebrate art and life while raising money for a terrific school.” Over $900,000 was raised to held fund NYAA scholarships and programming.

See some of the extraordinary pieces from the evening below…


ABC Sponsors 2nd Annual Women in Architecture Awards

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ABC Stone is a very proud sponsor of Architectural Record magazine’s second annual awards program to recognize and promote women’s design leadership. The luncheon ceremony honoring this year’s award winners took place on October 6th at the Time & Life Building in New York City.

This year’s winners of the five awards are:

Billie Tsien, Design Leader: Honoring an architect with significant built work and influence Tsien is a founding partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien, New York. Her practice is known for major institutional and cultural projects, such as the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

Meejin Yoon, New Generation Leader: Honoring an architect who is rising in the profession Principal and co-founder of Howeler + Yoon Architecture in Boston, Yoon is also head of the department of architecture at M.I.T. Her work explores material and experience in architecture at a variety of scales, most recently completing the Sean Collier Memorial at M.I.T.

Anna Dyson, Innovator: Honoring an architect who has made a mark in innovative design and building technology Dyson, professor of design, technology, and theory at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and founding director of the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE), is an innovator whose work centers on collaborative research among diverse disciplines to develop new systems for building and energy generation.

Pat Sapinsley, Activist: Honoring an architect who has used her skills for effecting change in the public realm Managing director of Cleantech Initiatives at New York University’s Urban Future Lab, Sapinsley brings together green technology and entrepreneurship to create a stronger marketplace for sustainable solutions.

Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Educator: Honoring a professional who has helped the advancement of women Taylor is dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. An architect and planner, she was the first woman chairman of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill before bringing her vast experience—particularly in large scale urban and transportation projects—to her role leading PennDesign.

These winners were selected after deliberation by an independent jury including Rosalie Genevro, executive director of the Architectural League; critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen; Jill Lerner, principal of KPF; Mark Lamster, architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News; and Mark Regulinski, managing director of SOM.

Susan Alisberg of Alisberg Parker Architects, Elizabeth Graziola and Catherine Kirchoff of Peter Pennoyer Architects, Karen Stonely of SPAN Architects, and Susan Grant Lewin joined ABC for the luncheon.