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Old April 11th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #1821
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12-Year-Old Building at MoMA Is Doomed



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When a new home for the American Folk Art Museum opened on West 53d Street in Manhattan in 2001 it was hailed as a harbinger of hope for the city after the Sept. 11 attacks and praised for its bold architecture. “Its heart is in the right time as well as the right place,” Herbert Muschamp wrote in his architecture review in The New York Times, calling the museum’s sculptural bronze facade “already a Midtown icon.”

Now, a mere 12 years later, the building is going to be demolished.

In its place the adjacent Museum of Modern Art, which bought the building in 2011, will put up an expansion, which will connect to a new tower with floors for the Modern on the other side of the former museum. And the folk museum building, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, will take a dubious place in history as having had one of the shortest lives of an architecturally ambitious project in Manhattan. “It’s very rare that a building that recent comes down, especially a building that was such a major design and that got so much publicity when it opened for its design — mostly very positive,” said Andrew S. Dolkart, the director of Columbia University’s historic preservation program. “The building is so solid looking on the street, and then it becomes a disposable artifact. It’s unusual and it’s tragic because it’s a notable work of 21st century architecture by noteworthy architects who haven’t done that much work in the city, and it’s a beautiful work with the look of a handcrafted facade.”

...The folk art museum, which had once envisioned the building as a stimulus for its growth, ended up selling the property, at 45 West 53d Street, to pay off the $32 million it had borrowed to finance an expansion. It now operates at a smaller site on Lincoln Square, at West 66th Street.



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Mr. Lowry said the expansion would complete the MoMA campus, which will ultimately consist of five buildings, four of them on West 53rd Street between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas. Still to be built is an 82-story tower just west of the folk museum that is being developed by Hines, a Houston company, and was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel. It will include apartments as well as exhibition space for the museum.

When the projects are finished the museum will gain about 10,000 square feet of gallery space at the former folk art site and about 40,000 in the Nouvel building, officials said. The Modern’s second, fourth and fifth floors will line up with those in both buildings. (The second-floor galleries are double height.) “We’ll have a completely integrated west end to the museum,” Mr. Lowry said. “Floor plates will extend seamlessly.” Precisely what will be displayed in the new galleries has yet to be determined, but Mr. Lowry said they would include work from the Modern’s “midcentury collections, early Modern collections and temporary exhibitions.” The cost for the project has not been announced, he said, and fund-raising has yet to begin.

MoMA’s 2004 renovation, designed by the Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, increased the museum’s gallery space to 125,000 square feet, from 85,000 (and the overall size to 630,000 square feet, from 378,000). But the museum still needs more room for exhibitions. “We have a lot of art that we own that we would like to show,” said Jerry I. Speyer, the real estate developer who is the museum’s chairman. “When we built what exists today we didn’t get as much exhibition space as we really need.”

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The Modern will interview architects to design the new addition, Mr. Lowry said, and hopes to select one by the end of this year. It expects to have the building demolished by then. Construction of the Nouvel project is expected to start in 2014, with both new buildings being completed simultaneously in 2017 or 2018, Mr. Lowry said. The museum has been aggressive about expansion. In 1996 it bought the Dorset Hotel, a 1920s building on West 54th Street, and two adjacent brownstones, using much of the sites for its extensive renovation in 2004. In 2007 the museum sold its last vacant parcel of land for $125 million to Hines, which decided to develop the Nouvel building and include space for the museum.



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Mr. Nouvel originally designed the tower, at 53 West 53d Street, with a spire rising 1,250 feet — matching the top floor of the Empire State Building — and Nicolai Ouroussoff predicted in The Times that it would be “the most exhilarating addition to the skyline in a generation.” But residents protested the height and the Department of City Planning demanded that Mr. Nouvel cut 200 feet from the top. He did so, and in 2009 the City Council approved plans for a tower that is to rise 1,050 feet.

The museum is deciding what to put at ground level at the former folk art building site — perhaps additional retail or another restaurant, Mr. Lowry said. (Its upscale restaurant, the Dining Room at the Modern, received three stars from Pete Wells in The Times last month.) “We bought the site,” Mr. Lowry said, “and our responsibility is to use the site intelligently.” Ms. Tsien said she could not recall another example of such a high-profile architectural project being demolished so soon after it was built. “Museums have opened and closed and buildings have shifted,” she said, “but I don’t know about being torn down.”

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Old April 11th, 2013, 01:49 PM   #1822
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Only 12 years... At least there is a good reason for it to go.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 09:17 PM   #1823
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From IrishInNYC:

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"Heard the CM award is down to two possible candidates (both with history of dealing with the tallest buildings in the city shall we say). 5 year construction schedule for this, including 14 months alone for the foundation."
http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...l=1#post428323
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 09:33 PM   #1824
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14 months for the foundation? isn't that quite long for NYC?
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 09:44 PM   #1825
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This is very exciting news!

If they are at this point of the process is it far fetched that breaking ground can happen by fall at the earliest of this year?
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 09:46 PM   #1826
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That's great to hear!
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 10:03 PM   #1827
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14 months for the foundation? isn't that quite long for NYC?

the explanation as per IRISHinNYC

"It's a beast in terms of constructability. Several usual bidders are shying away from it. The foundation alone has major caissons in close proximity to MTA that will be a challenge."
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 10:55 PM   #1828
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This tower beats the hell out of that contrived museum.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:15 PM   #1829
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This project sure asks some hard technology, but it'll be worth it.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:24 PM   #1830
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 12:39 AM   #1831
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the explanation as per IRISHinNYC

"It's a beast in terms of constructability. Several usual bidders are shying away from it. The foundation alone has major caissons in close proximity to MTA that will be a challenge."
Will be very interesting to watch how they'll design those foundations
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 01:06 AM   #1832
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 06:59 AM   #1833
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This video is actually a promo for the Museum Tower Condo which is part of the MoMa complex: Video shows Tower Verre, One57 and 432 Park!

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Old April 23rd, 2013, 06:22 PM   #1834
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 07:00 PM   #1835
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This video is actually a promo for the Museum Tower Condo which is part of the MoMa complex: Video shows Tower Verre, One57 and 432 Park!

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^ Yea it would have been fantastik if they could have put 225 W 57 and 107 W 57.

Here's a link to another video made by the same people marketing the Olympic Tower nearby showing more of Tower Verre, One57 and 432 Park.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&h...VTo&nomobile=1


Here's another vid for a different building:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00QGDvY9k_Q


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFu0fQdfUXE


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA1PfzUDqRk





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These promo videos are sort of hilarious. They're catering to super high-end clientele, and yet their idea of a fly-through rendering is to drop some sketchup models into Google Earth? Not that I don't do that exact thing -- plus Hudson Yards, Manhattan West, the completed WTC, the massing model for 225 W. 57th, and even some crazy ones like the Met Life North Tower -- but that's just nerding out. I'm not trying to sell $15MM+ condos in Midtown.

Worst of all, watching these videos I'm again reminded how badly we were robbed in terms of the height. Not to reopen old wounds, but I don't think I'll ever be able to look at this tower without lamenting what could and should have been.
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Old May 4th, 2013, 12:20 AM   #1838
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By CHRISTOPHER GRAY
May 2, 2013


The blogs are aflame with righteous indignation at the Museum of Modern Art’s decision to demolish its new acquisition, the 2001 American Folk Art Museum, at 45 West 53rd Street, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Its peculiar but much-admired facade of roughened bronze captures the dark side of high-style modernism, the spaceshiplike surface reminiscent of the planet-destroying Death Star in the “Star Wars” series.

But MoMA’s plan can hardly be a surprise, because its entire history since 1937 is based on demolishing potential landmarks.

Construction of big, comfortable brownstones began on this block of West 53rd in 1867. It was certainly reassuring when, in 1884, John D. Rockefeller bought the free-standing brownstone at 4 West 54th Street along with its spacious garden, promising to be a most congenial backyard neighbor.

In the 1890s serious money began to move onto 53rd and built houses to match, like William Barbour, a linen merchant who in 1901 had the architect C. P. H. Gilbert design a chaste limestone mansion at 11-13 West 53rd Street, later occupied by MoMA as its first building....

Now it, too, will fall, while MoMA proceeds to fold the folk art site into its own, and also take the lower floors of a tower to be built to the west. That will leave the museum in possession of four-fifths of a city block, and no further place to go ... but up. Fortunately, the new tower will be a thousand feet high. E-mail: [email protected]
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Old May 4th, 2013, 03:30 AM   #1840
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Neither of those 3 buildings next to MoMA were/are landmark material like that article claims. I would demolish them fifty-times over for a Verre Tower and wouldn't even bat an eye (and I would consider myself as someone who leans more towards preservation than supertall building)
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