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Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. For a description of the gallery and for photos of the space, please visit our Photo Slideshows page.
The Skyscraper Museum is located in lower Manhattan's Battery Park City at 39 Battery Place. Museum hours are 12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.
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Open through April 19th, 2014. Click here for details.
SKY HIGH examines the recent proliferation of super-slim, ultra-luxury residential towers on the rise in Manhattan. These pencil-thin buildings-all 50 to 90+ stories-constitute a new type of skyscraper in a city where tall, slender structures have a long history.
New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman tweets the exhibition is "a must see."
March 11, 2014 6:30PM-8:00PM
Mirror, mirror... who is the slenderest of them all?
111 W. 57TH ST.
At Edmond J. Safra Hall, Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, across the street from The Skyscraper Museum.
Courtesy of SHoP Architects
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Partner, SHoP Architects
Gregg Pasquarelli, Partner, SHoP Architects
Chris Sharples, Partner, SHoP Architects
Silvian Marcus, Principal in Charge, WSP Group
Panel discussion, moderated by Carol Willis, Director of the Skyscraper Museum:
SHoP Architects, WSP Group, and developer Michael Stern, Managing Partner, JDS Development Group
Among the extraordinary new crop of New York's super-slim, ultra-luxury residential towers surveyed in The Skyscraper Museum's exhibition SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury, the most slender of all is the 111 W. 57th St., designed by SHoP Architects, with structural engineering by WSP Group for JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group. With a ratio of the width of the base to height of 1:23, the 1,350+ ft tower will be the most slender building in the world.
SHoP's design harkens back to the quality, materiality, and emphatic verticality of historic NYC skyscrapers, while utilizing advanced engineering and technology to craft a contemporary contribution to the skyline. The tower's silhouette rises in an elegant series of feathered setbacks, while the façade reads at multiple scales and vantage points. An intricate pattern of shaped terracotta panels and bronze latticework on the east and west façades creates a sweeping play of light and shadow, while a glass curtain wall on the north and south façades provide sweeping views of Central Park and Midtown.
SHoP Architects was founded in 1996 on a premise of proving that intelligent and evocative architecture can be made in the real world, with real world constraints, and has made a name for itself by pioneering the use of innovative technologies to produce both iconic architectural forms and a new model for the profession.
WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Its New York-based structural engineer, the WSP Group (formerly Cantor Seinuk) are the designers of the structural systems for a majority of the city's super-slender towers now under construction.
This program is FREE to members of The Skyscraper Museum
Non-members, $10; Students & Seniors, $5.
1.5 CEUs available
RSVP required at rsvp[at]skyscraper[dot]org
The exhibition will be open to the public from 5:00 to 6:30 before the lecture.
|This lecture is presented with
the generous support of
JDS Development Group.
March 19, 2014 3:00PM
SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury: Curator's Tour
Director and Curator Carol Willis will lead a tour of the current exhibit SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury.
March 25, 2014 6:30PM-8PM
*Previously scheduled for March 11, 2014.
May Joseph Book Talk
FLUID NEW YORK: COSMOPOLITAN URBANISM AND THE GREEN IMAGINATION
(Duke University Press Books; July 2013)
Hurricane Sandy was a fierce demonstration of the ecological vulnerability of New York, a city of islands. Yet the storm also revealed the resilience of a metropolis that has started during the past decade to reckon with its aqueous topography. In Fluid New York, May Joseph describes the many ways that the city and its citizens have begun to incorporate the urban archipelago ecology into plans for a livable and sustainable future.
May Joseph's reflections reach back to the city's heyday as a world-class port—a past embodied in a Dutch East India Company cannon recently unearthed from the rubble at the World Trade Center site. They also encompass the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and suggest that the city's future lies in the reclamation of its great water resources—for artistic creativity, civic engagement, and ecological sustainability.
May Joseph is Professor of Social Science at the Pratt Institute, where she teaches urbanism, global studies, and visual culture. She is the founder of Harmattan Theater, which produces site-specific outdoor productions exploring the history of New York City through its architecture, design, and natural environment Joseph is also the author of Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship and a coeditor of Performing Hybridity.
All guests must RSVP to programs[at]skyscraper[dot]org to assure admittance to the event. Please be aware that reservation priority is given to Members of The Skyscraper Museum. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!
UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAMS
SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ENGINEER
March 22, 2014
10:30 - 11:45 AM
Using the engineering marvels in the museum’s gallery as examples, kids will learn what it takes to be a future engineer while working together to explore the excitement of vertical construction. Engineering concepts of shape, strength and “slenderness” will be explored in this program as participants test the heights of their architectural imaginations! Ages 6 – 14.
LIFE IN A SKYSCRAPER
April 5, 2014
10:30 - 11:45 AM
Families will learn about our exhibit; SKY HIGH & the Logic of Luxury through a tour of the museum and explore how apartment life in a super-tall tower rearranges the city with vertical density. Kids will discuss the difference between residential and commercial building and create a model residential building of their own. Ages 5-9.
April 19, 2014
10:30 - 11:45 AM
Architect Yves Roger leads another wonderful hands-on workshop, where, inspired by images, vintage film and models of actual skyscrapers of the past and present, kids make their own soaring structures. Ages 9-13.
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