Diller + Scofidio - Lincoln Center, New York / Alice Tully Hall

Alice Tully Hall  02.23.09 2102

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16.3-acre (6.6 ha) complex of buildings in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of New York City's Upper West Side. Reynold Levy has been its president since 2002.

A consortium of civic leaders and others led by, and under the initiative of John D. Rockefeller III, built Lincoln Center as part of the "Lincoln Square Renewal Project" during Robert Moses's program of urban renewal in the 1950s and 1960s.[1] Seventeen blocks of ethnic tenement neighborhoods were demolished through eminent domain, forcing out 7,000 families.[2] Respected architects were contacted to design the major buildings on the site, and over the next thirty years the previously blighted area around Lincoln Center became a new cultural hub.[2] Rockefeller was Lincoln Center's inaugural president from 1956 and became its chairman in 1961. He is credited with raising more than half of the $184.5 million in private funds needed to build the complex, including drawing on his own funds; the Rockefeller Brothers Fund also contributed to the project.[1]

BIG – Mountain Dwelling, Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark


Mountain Dwellings (Danish: Bjerget) is an award-winning building in the Ørestad district of Copenhagen, Denmark, consisting of apartments above a multi-storey car park. The building is designed by Danish architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group. The apartments are scaling the diagonally sloping roof of the parking garage, from street level to 11th floor, creating an artificial, southfacing 'mountainside'. Each apartment has a "backyard" on the roof of the in-front, lower-level apartment. The resulting courtyard panthouses are an attempt to balance "the splendours of the suburbian backyard with the intensity of an urban lifestyle".[1] Throughout the building, it plays on a mountain metaphor as well as the clash between the urban vibe of the interior parking space as well as the surroundings and the peaceful and organic hillside

BIG + JSD – VM Housing, Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark


Ørestads Boulevard 57-59
2300 Copenhagen
The VM Houses, shaped like a V and an M when seen from above, is the first residential project to be built in Ørestad; a new quarter of Copenhagen. The characters represent PLOT’s vision of how to create the most light possible and a view for the most residents possible. The total project houses 41 shared-ownership flats and 180 owner-occupied apartments. To leave room for life around the buildings they lifted the V House on five meter high columns, opening the courtyard to the park area on the south side, and broke down the facades with niches and angles, creating a series of informal meeting places. Each apartment in the V Building has a tapering, triangular balcony with a panoramic south-facing view and rooms with up to five metres’ ceiling height. Instead of the usual high-rise apartments the units are designed as loft spaces, each different both in width and height, letting residents design their own individual apartments.

Asymptote - Hydra-Pier, Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands

Das pulsierende Wasser auf dem Glasdach, des von Asymptote gebauten HydraPier Pavillon, vermittelt einen Begriff unendlichen Strömens und Ineinandergreifens von Natur- und Kulturkräften. HydraPier, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands 200205

Asymptote is a New York-based architectural office founded in 1989 by principals Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture.
Asymptote Architecture recently announced the opening of the Yas Marina Hotel, a 500 room Hotel complex in Abu Dhabi.The Yas Hotel is the world's first building designed specifically to span a Formula 1 race circuit. The opening coincided with the inaugural 2009 Formula 1 Ethiad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 1. Asymtptote's latest project 166 Perry Street, a luxury residential building on Manhattan's west side in the West Village, is near completion opening late January 2010. Other completed projects by Asymptote in recent years include the HydraPier Pavilion in the Netherlands and the American flagship stores for Carlos Miele and Alessi in New York City. The firm's current projects include a large-scale cultural, hotel and performing arts complex in Penang, Malaysia and a commission to build the World Business Center Busan in Busan, South Korea. The design for the World Business Center Busan consists of three separate, tapered towers "soaring" out of a single base and will, upon completion, be among the tallest buildings in Asia at 560m.
For nearly two decades Asymptote has produced experimental art installations and exhibition design work involving multi-media technologies for such venues as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. In 2000, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum commissioned Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture to design a Virtual Guggenheim Museum. In 2000 Hani Rashid co-represented the United States at the Seventh Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2004 Rashid and Couture created the exhibition design for the Ninth Venice Architecture Biennale.
In 1992, Lise Anne Couture and Hani Rashid were asked by The New York Times to design a hypothetical building for Times Square.
In 2004, Rashid and Couture were presented with the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and Art. Recently, Asymptote Architecture has secured second place in the 'Kaohsiung port terminal 2010' competition, featuring a sculptural design for the Kaohsiung port terminal in Taiwan.

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