All posts tagged “Architecture

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Double consciousness

    Flashback to Friday: On the exact date Andrew Carnegie moved into his new mansion on 91st Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the stately structure reopened anew, 112 years later, as the freshly renovated Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Carnegie Mansion has always… Read More

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Miami cocktail

When your reality is the buzzy mayhem of Art Basel Miami Beach, your fantasy becomes a moment of peace. This morning, I literally ran past this plaza on busy Biscayne Boulevard. Now, hours later, soles sore and mind brimming, I imagine returning for a nighttime… Read More

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Bright idea

This is not a love song. This is not a romanticization, nor is it a celebration. This is, instead, a reenactment of sorts, a restaging of aesthetic ambiguity where one sculpture frames another. In the 1950s, French sculptor André Bloc designed a habitable brick sculpture,… Read More

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Mission control

              Elegant, expansive, sexy: Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center symbolized mid-century modernism and all of its optimism. Every detail spoke to the stylish hope coursing through the futuristic hub, from the red carpet lining the gateways and the thin-shell… Read More

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Everything but

                    A chartreuse simulacrum of a bathroom. And a bedroom and a staircase. For years, Korean artist Do Ho Suh has been sculpting every aspect of his NYC apartment and studio (a former sailors’ dorm in… Read More

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Highbrau

A polyhedron placed on a plateau has become a creative portal in Austria. Perched above the village of Koenigsbrunn, some 35 miles northwest of Vienna, this objet d’art is a stage for the all stripes of artistic expression – performances, concerts, readings. Designed by the… Read More

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Fountain bed

                  A ménage à trois, by design. Channeling the spontaneity of a prank, Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi plunks hotel rooms atop public art and architecture, remaking city landmarks like the waterfront Market Square in Helsinki, Finland. Until… Read More

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Dotting eyes

                                      A polka dotted park? Yes, but beneath the land-art fun is an ingenious roof. Charged with extending the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Schneider +… Read More

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Water feature

              A river runs through it: Instead of the tile floor normally underfoot at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, slick rocks and a babbling stream carpet the south wing of the acclaimed art institution. The… Read More

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Urban vertigo

                                  I lied: one more aqua moment, in the high-flying form of a glass-bottomed pooled cantilevered from the roof of Hotel Indigo in Hong Kong. Submerged in the luxury… Read More