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Summer is almost here, get your weekend (A-frame) house ready! Leisure House, Mill Valley, California, 1953, from the book A-frame by Chad Randl.
Artist Eero Saarinen’s list of his wife’s good qualities, ca. 1954, from the Lists, to-dos and illustrated inventories of great artists.
First he recognized that she was very clever. Makes you wonder what first impression you make.
This video vignette by Kontent Partners is a trailer for the Tom Kundig hardware line produced in partnership between 12th Avenue Iron and Olson Kundig Architects. Warning: It may whet your appetite for some Kundig houses. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
This facade treatment on the Brandhorst Museum, comprised of thousands of colorful ceramic rods, will be featured in the upcoming Materials for Design 2. The newly expanded and revised edition adds Masonry to the original five chapters: Glass, Concrete, Wood, Metals, and Plastics. Featuring all new case studies, MFD2 will make a beautiful and useful companion to your Materials for Design (2006).
Theater of Architecture Discussion
Hugh Hardy, Jim Houghton, Charles Renfro, Michael Sorkin
Introduced by Joe Melillo
A discussion on the occasion of the publication of Hugh Hardy’s book Theater of Architecture, which uses a variety of his projects to explore his thesis that the profession of architecture’s “true strength lies in the building of communities… by enhancing experience.” This panel will use the experiential aspects of theater design as a starting point for a discussion of architecture in the broadest sense, particularly the use of public space.
Hugh Hardy is the founder of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.
Jim Houghton is the founding artistic director of Signature Theatre Company in New York.
Charles Renfro is a principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Michael Sorkin is a critic, author, and founder of Michael Sorkin Studio. Sorkin is also the Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York.
Joe Melillo is the executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 pm
BAM Fisher Hillman Studio
321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn
Tickets available here.
(pictured: Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; photo: Durston Saylor)
The Aurora light fixture from the interior of The New Amsterdam Theater. From Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy.
This project and more detailed in Material Immaterial, published in 2009.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music from Theater of Architecture, by Hugh Hardy. Sixty-five identical triangular glass panels undulate in a wavelike gesture that appears to float in front of the original facade.
Albert Frey - Frey house II, Palm Springs CA 1965. The bottom shot shows the famous bolder intersecting the bedroom, with the light switch installed directly on the stone.
Frey House I and II are explored in moody photographic detail in our 1999 monograph Albert Frey Houses 1 + 2. The book was developed in collaboration with Frey himself.
In 1998 the Central Synagogue on Lexington and East 55th Street was replacing its metal roof when a small fire from a blowtorch (which workmen thought they had extinguished) smoldered over a weekend and burst into flame early one Monday morning. Here is what it looked like on the inside post-restoration. From Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy.
Inside Radio City Music Hall, from Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy. Get the book here from PAPress.
From Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy, available from PAPress here.
Hugh Hardy is the quintessential New York architect. During his long and illustrious career, his contributions to some of the city’s most iconic and beloved cultural institutions have been indelible: Radio City Music Hall, Bryant Park, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the New Amsterdam and New Victory Theaters on 42nd Street, and the New York Botanical Garden. It would be difficult to pin him to a particular style or mode of designing. His approach is to derive the best solution possible from each project’s context and client’s needs. For example, at Radio City Music Hall, he restored the building to its original art deco elegance; but at the Harvey Theater at BAM, his restoration retains both new and old elements layered together in the same space.
Although Hugh Hardy is best known for the work he’s done in NYC, he has an impressive portfolio of projects from across the country. Hugh applied his knowledge of theatrical acoustics and sightlines to the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Jackson, MS, where he worked with the chief judge to design courtrooms that make it as easy as possible for the judge and jury to clearly hear every testimony and see each piece of evidence, which traditionally has been eclipsed by other concerns. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas showcases his innovation in landscape design, energy and water management, and materials.
Theater of Architecture features interviews with Hugh’s clients and collaborators, conducted by Mildred Friedman, which demonstrate his commitment to a shared practice. Hugh’s daughter, Penny Hardy, along with Carren Edward Petrosyan, of the graphic design firm PS New York, designed the book.
Sara Stemen, Senior Editor here at Princeton Architectural Press, was the project editor on Theater of Architecture and says that Hugh is “incredibly enthusiastic. He’s mad about the process of architecture, of theater, of language. The meticulous attention Hardy gives to his work and his writing are inspiring; it has been an honor to work with him. His body of work is impressive, and a gift to New York City and beyond.”
Remember that summer abroad when you couldn’t get enough of those kaleidoscopic vaults? Well, how’s this for a flashback? Plus, we saved you from laying down on the floor.