David Adjaye has revealed its plans for a new museum of the history of espionage, SPYSCAPE, which will feature significant interactive content. SPYSCAPE will cover 60,K SqFt, and will be located near Times Square. For the project, our friends at Adjaye Associates draw inspiration from spaces occupied by various spy organizations of the world; the interiors will resemble a small town with spaces unfolding beneath a vaulted canopy. SPYSCAPE will also be notable for its variously unique lighting strategies, and the use of materials such as smoked glass, fiber cement, acoustic paneling, and mirror-/weather-polished steel to foster a sense of wonder and observation. Says Lucy Tilley, Associate Director for Adjaye Associates, “We have been able to challenge the traditional museum typology with a design that creates a new model of visitor experience which straddles the physical and digital worlds.”
The new home of WeWork, a company which provides freelancers, startups and small businesses with shared workplace communities will exist at Dock 72 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and will take up 222,K SqFt over 17-storeys. The substantial amenities of the building will be curated by WeWork, and will include a 13,K SqFt food hall, a 15,K SqFt health & wellness center, an open lawn with sporting equipment, and a conference center. For the design of the building, our friends at S9 Architecture has drawn influence from the Navy Yard’s maritime history, and the building’s massing resembles historic ships built on that site. The structure is a storm-proofed with a set of twenty 42′-tall V-shaped steel columns.
Today ground is broken on a 336,K SqFt office building in Staten Island with a bocce court, and a 40,K SqFt rooftop farm, which will provide produce for the building’s social enterprise restaurant – Pienza, Pizza, Pasta and Porchetta – that will donate all of its proceeds to charity. The eight-storey structure. aiming for LEED Silver Certification, is part of Staten Island’s Teleport campus in Bloomfield, near Arthur Kill. The south side of the building, designed by our friends at CetraRuddy, will slope sharply towards the ground, and this will minimize solar heat gain; its north side will angle up to draw in rays. The interior is also of note, featuring, as it will, a double-heght lobby in Italian marble. The same can be said of the outlying area, where the building’s developers, Nicotra, are working with specialists from Napa Valley on a vineyard.
Our friends at Rafael Viñoly Architects have a new tower in the works at 125 Greenwich Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. The glass-clad tower will rise 88 storeys/912′ and will house luxury condos with interiors designed by March & White, a British firm which, interestingly, primarily designs superyachts; accordingly, the interiors will draw inspiration from the interiors of such sea vessels. The tower is grounded by dual exposed concrete column which all for floorplates without columns. The building’s top three floors will feature a spa, 50-foot lap pool, and a fitness center with a yoga studio and training room. As yet not much is known about the building’s relationship to the street as there are no images of the ground condition.
“The JACX” will be a major addition to NYC’s fastest growing neighborhood, in the form of two identical mixed-use towers at 28-01 Jackson Avenue, which will consist of 40,K SqFt of retail space, a gourmet market, food hall and restaurants, boutique fitness centers and a one-acre rooftop terrace/greenspace. Each tower will stand 26-storeys with a gross SqFtge of 1.2M. Our friends at Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects (MdeAS) have said their intention in the design was to “bring the outside in,” with their landscaped terraces and rooftop which will serve as a quadrangle for tenants to socialize, eat or do work. The quad itself will have a 2,000 SqFt food & beverage pavilion, and, at ground level, there will be a another large greenspace along Queens Plaza.
Interior designers, and our friends, ICRAVE‘s mission was to create a self-sufficient neighborhood-within-a-building for (other friends) SLCE Architects‘ 21 West End. Aiding them in this pursuit was a commodious underground space originally designated as a parking garage, which they’ve turned into a 30,K SqFt amenity space, featuring a library, wine lockers, a carpentry workshop, a lounge, soundproof spaces with a karaoke machine and a room-size golf simulator, storage units for residents, a dog playground and pet spa, and also a gym for human use with a yoga studio and an indoor pool. There’s even a real wooden dinosaur in a child’s play area. In addition to housing a lot of stuff, the amenities complex constitutes a self-contained neighborhood, in the metaphysical sense: a place which invokes a sense of community and of being a public, – and this is a great idea because this building is on the Upper West Side, which arguably isn’t a neighborhood at all.
The namesake of our friends at Richard Meier & Partners Architects has completed his first bridge in Alessandria, Italy, a 607-foot-long bowstring arch bridge replacing a Napoleonic-era structure deemed unfit for long-term use after it experienced flooding on its road deck in 1994, and because it was too narrow to accommodate 21 century volumes of traffic. The bridge connects the city of Alessandria to the Cittadella of Alessandria, an 18th-century citadel across the Tanaro River; it is constructed of precast-concrete and steel (painted white, like much of Meier’s work), and characterized by its creator as “a bridge between the past and the future:” to this end, one arch of the old bridge is preserved, in place, on each bank of the river. The new bridge has two spans that hold each other in check; the new road deck is counterbalanced by a separate pedestrian deck, and a south-tilting, 100-foot-tall arch that supports them both. The pedestrian deck, which has a walkway of ipé decking, has become a popular public space: the traffic issues of the old bridge made it unsafe for pedestrian use.
Cote d’Azur. This subtle yet unexpected limestone draws the eye in and always makes an impression. Gaze deeply and then try to turn away… we dare you.
Opus White. Cool, confident, and chic, this quartzite has nothing to prove. She stands her ground and speaks her mind. (Metaphorically, of course…)
Jasper Shellflint. The name says it all… rife with a sense of spirited spontaneity, semi-precious Jasper Shellflint demands a second (and third and fourth) look.
Burlesque. As its name implies, Burlesque quartzite is a beautifully bawdy twist on its simpler, more neutral siblings. Not for those hoping to blend into the background.
Azul Imperial. This delightfully prismatic quartzite is for lovers and dreamers… soft in appearance yet mightily durable, Azul Imperial is no shrinking violet.
An artist in our midst. Here at ABC Stone we work every day with a wide variety of design professionals whom we assist in the specification and meaningful application of our materials. We collaborate with them on a substantial array of projects of diverse types and sizes, so it is a great boon to us in this pursuit that we harbor in our ranks personnel who are, in their own right, practitioners of the fine arts. We had a chance to sit down with our Materials Photographer + Archivist Sueey Gutierrez, a visual artist with an upcoming Art Show whose closing will be celebrated at Treme in Islip, NY, to discuss her artistic proclivities and origins.
ABC Stone: When did you first become interested in art?
Sueey Gutierrez: At age three, which is also when I began to create art! I received a scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum at the age of six. I would also regularly visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens at that time.
ABC: What do you think gravitated you towards art, and sustained your interest in it?
SG: I didn’t really grow up in the greatest neighborhood in the world, and my parents wanted me to stay away from that environment, so they would take every opportunity to enroll me in arts classes. I found a highly valuable outlet in the freedom of expression afforded me by art. I was an only child, and surrounded by adult all the time, so as I had to entertain myself, creative expression became a means for me to do so.
ABC: What is your favorite genre or medium of art in which to work?
SG: The media I prefer are usually dry media, so I like to use colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, acrylic markers, charcoal, graphite dust, and graphite pencil. I’ll occasionally do paintings. The genre that I like the most—it runs the gamut. I’m into pinup art. Alberto Vargas is one of my favorite artists. Dali is as well. Frida Kahlo is one of my greatest inspirations. I’m also into neo-classicism, some Dadaist art. I’m also very much into Pre-Columbian art because my family comes from El Salvador and I’m of Mayan descent. And of course, that genre of art is very stone-based.
ABC: What is your favorite time-period?
SG: Oh wow, that’s a really hard question to answer. I would have to say between the nineteen-twenties and the fifties. I feel that fashion was amazing then, and women were so elegant, and I think all over the world fashion was at its prime.
ABC: What’s your favorite design aesthetic?
SG: I would have to say an eclectic one. I don’t have a particular style, I create my own. I’m definitely into a bohemian look, as far as interior design goes. I like art deco and art nouveau architecture, gothic architecture,—the idea of mixing elements of these aesthetics together. I also like bright colors. My own apartment is designed in this way. It’s very retro-inspired. Much of my furniture is antique, from the 1800s or early twentieth century, but I also bring back textiles and fabrics when I go to visit family in El Salvador.
ABC: What are some of your favorite stones and stone applications?
SG: I love all of the semi-precious stones that ABC has to offer: especially the Amethyst, Pyrite, Tiger Eye, and Malachite. The Blue Agate is beautiful. Then we have a granite that’s really stunning, Lemurian, which has elements of labradorite. And we also have Amazonite which has a turquoise appearance to it which I love. I’m very much into earthy, rich jewel-tones. My favorite applications include functional art, for example, we had a tub done in Lilac marble which I thought was stunning. I like book-matched marble, especially on walls, but not so much in commercial spaces, more residences; I think it’s beautiful, an art piece in itself, it needs no additional adornment, it becomes the focus of attention in whatever room it’s in.
Sueey Gutierrez’s Art Show Closing on Sunday, August 27th from 2PM—5PM, will be hosted by Treme Islip | 533 Main St | Islip, NY | 11751.