“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.
Three years into ground-breaking of Flushing, Queens’ $1BM megaproject Flushing Commons, the development now welcomes its first residents, with closings underway for a few months now at the project’s 17-storey condo at 138-35 39th Avenue. The overall 1.8M SqFt development is a collaboration between the F&T Group, AECOM Capital, and the Rockefeller Group; the building’s architects, and landscape architects, our good friends and longtime collaborators Perkins Eastman, and Thomas Balsley Associates, respectively. Amenities for residents will include a landscaped garden, fitness center, residents lounge (with fireplace), a playground, and a dog park. In keeping with the project’s aim of community-building, Phase II of the project will comprise three additional mixed-use structures comprising commercial, retail, residential, and community space, surrounded by 1.5 acres of public space.
The precast concrete firehouse and training center for FDNY’s Brooklyn Rescue Company 2 sits at 1815 Sterling Place, on the border of Crown Heights and Brownsville. The 21,K SqFt structure, designed by our friends at Studio Gang, will allow firefighters to simulate rescue scenarios for training purposes, – such as those in which they have to deal with the obstacles of balconies, stairs, and ladders. The facility itself is energy efficient, with a green roof, and geothermal system 500 feet belowground. Though the building is largely in place, having topped out, one year into construction, it is awaiting the red glazed tiling that will frame its windows and other openings, and is about a year away from the completion. This $32M project is being constructed through NYC’s Department of Design and Construction.
Pending approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, a townhouse conversion will combine two existing UES homes, at 53 and 55 East 92nd Street, into a megamansion. Our friends at Steven Harris Architects, heading up the project, were responsible for the conversion of the buildings covering 85-89 Jane Street into a large mansion, which bodes well for LPC approval. The plan is to convert 53 and 55 E 92nd into a six-storey, 11,K SqFt home with a basketball court, gym, sauna, rec room, screening room, front terrace (with a hot tub), “yoga pavilion” and a full-floor master suite with his-and-hers dressing rooms. The LPC comes into play because the homes lie within the Carnegie Hill Historic District. But the firm intends to retain and restore the facades of buildings with period-appropriate details, which should be interesting because there are two of them and this is to be one house; already Scrooge McDuck and Rich Uncle Pennybags have each put in offers.
Last year, J.D. Power undertook a survey of 36,000 air-travelers which showed that LaGuardia is one of the five worst airports in America. But as New Yorkers we know it is, in fact, much worse than all of that. But have no fear, help is on the way, in the form of our friends at HOK. New renderings of the Delta terminal have been revealed as part of a $4B project to improve LaGuardia Airport: They depict a serene environment with Jeff Koons sculptures, extensive interior landscape architecture, and a bridge with moving sidewalks enclosed in glass. Interestingly, Delta Airlines is providing 3.4 of 4 billions in question, albeit that the project is fundamentally a New York state government policy initiative.