Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 26 Spring 2010 Contents NEW YORK
Architects get vigorous for art, a new
store that Matters, hot hotels and more
WORDS Adam McCulloch
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Overlooking the electric avenue that is Times Square, the
newly reopened Chatwal is a rare jewel from the Gilded Age,
creatively reimagined and renovated by architect Thierry
Despont. Originally the Stanford White building (home of
the famed theatrical guild The Lambs Club), this elegant
luxury hotel on 44th Street references the art deco style of the
Empire State Building, rich with quirky details such as porthole
windows, Chinese lacquer screens and wardrobes modelled on
vintage steamer trunks. Lambs members Fred Astaire and WC
Fields would, no doubt, have approved. Visit thechatwalny.com.
PS1 started in 1971 as a contemporary art gallery in a public school (hence the PS moniker).
More recently, it has joined forces with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to form
a much-lauded creative mash-up of contemporary artists, performers, DJs, bands and
architects. Its annual Young Architects Program competition – which aims to create a
site-specific (and often surreal) space that forms the heart of PS1 – was this year won by
Pole Dance from the Brooklyn-based architectural firm Solid Objectives-Idenburg Liu.
The young team of architects created a jungle gym of netting, hammocks, bungee cords
and poles suspended over a sandpit and pool. Visit ps1.org.
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