Archinect - News 2017-06-23T17:05:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150011276/the-metlife-building-s-letters-are-getting-a-makeover The MetLife Building’s letters are getting a makeover dgannon 2017-06-07T12:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T12:54:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9j/9jkigxw2i4e3srit.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the Brutalist architecture of the MetLife Building, formerly the Pan Am Building, makes this 59-story skyscraper stand out among Midtown&rsquo;s many tall towers, its large sign touting its namesake makes it easy for all to identify. Beginning this week, the insurance company will replace the massive letters with a brand new typeface, as Crain&rsquo;s reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The installation of the new, more modern logo will be the first time the building&rsquo;s sign has changed since 1993 when 15- and 18-foot-long letters spelling out MetLife replaced Pan Am&rsquo;s sign.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999940/visiting-philip-johnson-s-other-glass-house-in-midtown-manhattan Visiting Philip Johnson's other glass house in midtown Manhattan Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T14:16:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T14:16:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/77/77jxdg51b8jjqvjb.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Walk through the towering door now, and Midtown falls away. The transition is not abrupt; a visitor is met first with a bank of wooden cupboards, easing newcomers off the street and into the vastness of the house itself. Then, space. The main room provides an unimpeded vista through 100 feet of natural-lit openness, a glass wall, a courtyard and pond, and a small separate structure beyond. The effect &mdash; of muted light, of air, of cleanness &mdash; is moving.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>Fresh from her daily column at&nbsp;<a href="http://Walk%20through%20the%20towering%20door%20now,%20and%20Midtown%20falls%20away.%20The%20transition%20is%20not%20abrupt;%20a%20visitor%20is%20met%20first%20with%20a%20bank%20of%20wooden%20cupboards,%20easing%20newcomers%20off%20the%20street%20and%20into%20the%20vastness%20of%20the%20house%20itself.%20Then,%20space.%20The%20main%20room%20provides%20an%20unimpeded%20vista%20through%20100%20feet%20of%20natural-lit%20openness,%20a%20glass%20wall,%20a%20courtyard%20and%20pond,%20and%20a%20small%20separate%20structure%20beyond.%20The%20effect%20%E2%80%94%20of%20muted%20light,%20of%20air,%20of%20cleanness%20%E2%80%94%20is%20moving." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Paris Review</a>, Sadie Stein visits a Philip Johnson-designed apartment/artistic showcase in midtown Manhattan known as the "Rockfeller Guest House."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zj9qdetms8bntkj0.jpg"></p><p>Combining a rich historical narrative with some evocatively observed design, this piece is, as befits its author, a delightful and engaging read (and the photos aren't bad, either).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979035/nypl-reveals-first-image-for-its-200m-mid-manhattan-library-renovation NYPL reveals first image for its $200M Mid-Manhattan Library renovation Alyssa Alimurung 2016-11-17T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:51:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/11/11gcx95thoz7gnky.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Soon after a major renovation and reopening for the Rose Reading Room at their flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the NYPL is now moving forward with another mammoth revamp on its Mid-Manhattan Library. The NYPL offers a first look at the overhaul, a project they are calling a &ldquo;state-of-the-art library that will serve as both a model and catalyst for a rejuvenated library system.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951806/modernist-treasures-from-philip-johnson-s-iconic-four-seasons-restaurant-headed-for-auction Modernist treasures from Philip Johnson's iconic Four Seasons Restaurant headed for auction Alyssa Alimurung 2016-06-15T15:48:00-04:00 >2016-06-15T15:48:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ei/eiqyj445jcmqnjgp.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now that the iconic restaurant&rsquo;s impending demise is only weeks away, its furniture, tableware, and custom-made Knoll furniture will be included in the 500 lots headed for auction next month on July 26. News had surfaced last summer when Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen did not renew the lease for the quintessential Midtown &ldquo;power lunch&rdquo; spot for the last decades of the 20th century since it opened in 1959.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Additional background on this news can be found here:&nbsp;<a title="Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944234/rafael-vi-oly-admits-432-park-has-a-couple-of-screw-ups Rafael Viñoly admits 432 Park ‘has a couple of screw-ups’ Alyssa Alimurung 2016-05-09T12:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:30:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gh/gh0bfydwkc0ewu1u.jpg" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Critics of the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere, 432 Park Avenue, are quick to try to bring the tower down from its 1,400-foot pedestal. And strangely, its very own architect is the latest jump on the bandwagon. Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly admitted at a Douglas Elliman talk last week that his creation &ldquo;has a couple of screw-ups,&rdquo; namely the window framing, which he blames on developer Harry Macklowe, and the tiny issue of &ldquo;the interior design and layout.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145656227/as-432-park-ave-reaches-completion-the-number-of-supertall-skyscrapers-in-the-world-is-now-100" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As 432 Park Ave reaches completion, the number of supertall skyscrapers in the world is now 100</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128473885/a-trashcan-inspired-the-design-of-rafael-vi-oly-s-432-park-avenue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143992226/the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-updating-midtown-ny-s-aging-office-towers The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY’s aging office towers Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T18:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:34:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hm/hmtvx4z9fx227e8o.jpg" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid contentious debate on rezonings across the city, the late 2013 hubbub around an upzoning proposal for East Midtown has, for the moment, abated &mdash; but hasn&rsquo;t disappeared. In a bid to spur significant new development for the first time in decades, the de Blasio administration is currently retooling the Bloomberg-era plan to allow developers to construct much larger buildings [...] Whether this rezoning eventually occurs or not, the buildings in Manhattan&rsquo;s core aren&rsquo;t getting any younger.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141299783/scroll-through-the-new-new-york-skyline-with-this-interactive-infographic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scroll through the "new New York Skyline" with this interactive infographic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142525054/new-renderings-video-of-one-vanderbilt-midtown-ny-s-future-tallest-office-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Renderings &amp; Video of One Vanderbilt, Midtown NY&rsquo;s Future Tallest Office Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947698/historic-190-bowery-to-be-restored" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic 190 Bowery to be Restored</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142525054/new-renderings-video-of-one-vanderbilt-midtown-ny-s-future-tallest-office-tower New Renderings & Video of One Vanderbilt, Midtown NY’s Future Tallest Office Tower Alyssa Alimurung 2015-12-03T18:43:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:53:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4q/4qj1xom0242p8sn6.jpg" width="650" height="494" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The digital production studio Visualhouse has released film and renderings of how SL Green&rsquo;s One Vanderbilt will meet the street, and also remind us just how gargantuan the tower will be. According to the tower&rsquo;s architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, the tower will rise 1,501 feet to its spire, making it the third tallest building in the city upon completion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68472774/municipal-art-society-releases-framework-for-a-better-midtown Municipal Art Society Releases Framework for a Better Midtown Archinect 2013-02-27T19:42:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:11:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kn/kn4a18a0ihuobjkm.jpg" width="650" height="843" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The MAS report, &ldquo;East Midtown: A Bold Vision for the Future,&rdquo; provides a plan for how to develop a stronger and more vibrant neighborhood in response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg&rsquo;s proposed major zoning changes, announced last summer, to spur the modernization of East Midtown. MAS fears that in the absence of a careful and comprehensive vision, the City&rsquo;s proposal will fall short.</p></em><br /><br /><p> View/download the document <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/127599215/Municipal-Art-Society-Report-A-Bold-Vision-for-the-Future-in-East-Midtown" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>