Friday, September 30, 2016

ARCHITECTURAL REDORD: Yayoi Kusama’s 'Dots Obsession' Closes at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Kusama Glass House

The Glass House is polka-dotted no more, as Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s month-long installation, Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, at the New Canaan landmark has drawn to a close.

From the beginning of the month through September 26, more than 1,200 red vinyl circles adorned exterior walls of the late architect Philip Johnson’s fully-glazed house—which, together with the other structures and buildings on the property, forms a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Dots Obsession coincided with the 10th season of tours at the Glass House and the 110th anniversary of Johnson’s birth—a fact that, according to staff, spurred some observers of the lighthearted work to comment that “the Glass House has its party hat on.”


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

ARCHITECTURAL RECORD: Ground Zero Art Center Design Revealed

Perelman Performing Arts Center

By the time Joshua Prince-Ramus was hired to design what is now called the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, Charcoalblue, a theater design firm with studios in New York and London, had already come up with a layout for the building's three performance venues.

Architects sometimes bristle at overly prescriptive consultants. “We told Joshua he could pull it apart and start over,” said Maggie Boepple, the director of the center. Prince-Ramus reported that he tried to do just that. But eventually, he says, he saw the strengths of the Charcoalblue scheme, and focused on giving it physical form.


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