Work on the future 130-foot-tall, marbled-cladded Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC) is finally picking up steam. Rex Architecture is the design architect, while the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is the developer. Davis Brody Bond Architects is working closely with REX as the executive architect. The site is located directly adjacent to the east side of One World Trade Center’s glass podium and south of Seven World Trade Center.
The curved reinforced concrete walls that form the circumference of the spiraling entrance and exit ramps are taking shape. This point of access serves to connect to the Vehicle Security Center via an underground, highly secured road beneath Greenwich Street. Meanwhile, a number of large and deep steel beams and segments of the construction cranes have arrived on site. The PAC is scheduled to be completed in 2021. You can check out its current state on the 9/11 Memorial webcam.
NEW YORK, NY – Construction begins on Davis Brody Bond’s design for the Union Square Tech Training Center. The Center will create over 550 jobs and fuel the growth of New York City’s tech sector. The design includes a digital skills training space and will provide affordable offices and resources for start-ups and established companies.
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Deputy Mayor Vicki Been, Council Member Carlina Rivera, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, community stakeholders and RAL Development Services today broke ground on the new 21-story building that will house the Union Square Tech Training Center. The center will include a digital skills training space where New Yorkers can gain the experience and knowledge needed to thrive in a modern, digital economy and provide affordable offices and resources for start-ups and established companies to grow and hire within the building.
The steel superstructure of 181 Mercer Street is now several floors above street level in Greenwich Village. The multi-use 750,000 sf expansion of the NYU campus is located along Houston Street, directly to the east of I. M. Pei’s University Village complex. The 23-story project is designed by Davis Brody Bond along with KieranTimberlake.
Davis Brody Bond partner Carl F. Krebs recently sat with humorist and four-time Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen for his live podcast Person Place Thing, an interview show “based on the idea that people are most engaging when they speak not about themselves, but something they care about.” Guests on the show are asked to talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are meaningful to them. The result is engaging, free-flowing stories from great talkers. Past guests have included Paul Shaffer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Maya Lin, Laurie Anderson, Andy Borowitz, A.O. Scott, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Julianne Moore. Music: Caitlin Warbelow. Photo: Harry Wilks.
The Department of State dedicated the New United States Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo at an opening event on July 4, 2019. The event was attended by Embassy and State Department staff, local officials, and Chris Grabé of Davis Brody Bond. DBB was the design architect for the project and Page (Washington, DC) was the architect of record. The new campus provides a secure, modern, sustainable, and resilient platform for US diplomacy in Kosovo.
Davis Brody Bond has collaborated with Ireland’s Office of Public Works (OPW) on the design of the new building located on 11th Avenue. The 21,000 sf infill building and renovation of the historic IAC will include a 199-seat flexible theater, associated theater support facilities; rehearsal studio classroom; multi-purpose classroom; exhibit areas; café; and the restored 99-seat historic theater.
The Center for Architecture hosted its third-annual Pumpkitecture! Architectural Pumpkin Carving Competition, kicking off Halloween weekend in NYC. Twenty NYC-based firms went gourd-to-gourd to compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin on Friday, October 26. The award for “Most Profound” was given to Davis Brody Bond (Demons, Bones, and Blood), for Atlas Hugged, a humble call for world peace and tolerance.
Designed by Ireland's Office of Public Works (Wexford Opera House) and the New York architects Davis Brody Bond (National September 11 Museum), the New Irish Arts Center culminates a dramatic transformation of the organization.
In February 2018, the State Department broke ground on a new $943.1M complex in Mexico City by New York firms Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) and Davis Brody Bond — the first project commissioned under State’s Design Excellence Program.
Davis Brody Bond is deeply saddened by the loss of architect and former partner Alan Schwartzman, FAIA, on March 8, 2018. From 1965 until he retired to Paris in 1993, Alan was instrumental to the firm’s practice and its major contributions to the built environment of New York City. Throughout his career and retirement he devoted his energy and insight to furthering the practice of architecture through his work with the American Institute of Architects and many educational foundations and institutions. He was admired as a colleague, mentor, and friend. He will be greatly missed.
It's Archtober again here in NYC, when our architecture and design are celebrated with events all month long. The Great Architectural Bake Off (GABO), was held at the Center For Architecture. To no one's surprise, the winner of the competition this year was Davis Brody Bond for their stunning replica of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, a building co-designed by one of their firm's founders, Max Bond.
The Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin has taken notice of our ongoing work with Chicago’s Mayoral Office to revitalize the Underground Pedestrian Way, or Pedway, and transform it from just a shortcut between destinations to a destination itself. The article covers the various proposed interventions and offers one final thought: Let’s do something already!
The Chicago Tribune just published a fantastic article by Blair Kamin about the Chicago Pedway system. An underground labyrinth meant to shield residents, commuters, and tourists alike from the windy city’s often severe weather conditions, the series of corridors and urban links contains it’s own cultural identity, but is lost to years of neglect and horrendous wayfinding. We’re excited to announce that Davis Brody Bond is part of the team that will enliven and clarify the Pedway, giving it new life for years to come.
Davis Brody Bond is excited to announce that the American Institute of Architects has chosen the National Museum of African American History & Culture as a 2019 recipient of an Institute Honor Award. Go to the AIA website to read more about the full list of winners, and check out the portfolio page to find out more about the project.
On May 3, Laurence Geller, chairman and CEO of Geller Capital Partners, together with Lou Raizin, founder of Broadway in Chicago, unveiled the Chicago SkyLine, an urban gondola on the south bank of the Chicago River designed by Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners and Marks Barfield Architects. The SkyLine will become the iconic center for the renewed focus to increase tourism in Chicago.
On July 31st, the new Adult Emergency Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital opened to patients. The new, state-of-the-art facility is part of a Six-Phase Master Plan to renovate, expand and upgrade the existing emergency department. Congratulations to our Project Team!
On June 4 the Frick’s Board of Trustees announced its decision to approach the proposed expansion in a way that avoids building on its 70th Street garden. Davis Brody Bond looks forward to working with the Frick on the development of a new plan. The Frick’s statement can be found on the Frick’s main page, as well as on the Frick Future site.
We are proud to celebrate our newest Fellow, Partner Carl F. Krebs, FAIA, who was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects at this year’s 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. One of 147 AIA members honored for their significant contribution to architecture and society at a national level, Carl joins his partners Steven Davis, FAIA, and Christopher Grabé, FAIA, who were previously elevated into the College. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow on a member. Congratulations, Carl!
We’re extremely proud to have 6 members in our staff that ran up the 180 flights of stairs of One World Trade Center this past weekend, May 17th, 2015, for the first annual Tunnel to Towers WTC Climb honoring first responders for their sacrifice and the risks they take every day. Amber Pesklevis, 1415; Mario Samara, 1436; Matthew Brown, 1319; Nana Okeke, 1407; Newt Kershner, 1376; and Nick Ladd, 1379, raised over $2200.00 for the cause. They’ve been practicing up and down our own stairs, and it looks like it paid off. Everyone crossed the finish line, even making it up the stairs in UNDER 20 minutes! We’re proud to call them our colleagues and happy to have been able to support them in their efforts. Congratulations, team!
Washington, DC – The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture began receiving deliveries of the bronze lattice panels that will be attached to a series of suspended trusses that will eventually make up the corona, the main feature of the newest museum to be built on the National Mall. The panels, inspired by the intricately designed iron craft work of African Americans in New Orleans, are meant to express faith, hope and resiliency and reflect an African American presence that is a permanent part of the American landscape. The panels will be installed in the coming month, with the museum scheduled to open in fall 2015. Click here to view the construction earthcam.
Queens, NY – The Mount Sinai Queens Hospital, well on its way to its final transformation, received a brand new skin on its new Ambulatory Care Center addition to go along with the Major Renovation and Modernization of the interiors. The curtain wall, fabricated by Erie Architectural Products and installed by W&W Glass, combines spandrel and clear vision fritted insulating glass and comprises approximately 2/3 of the Mount Sinai Queens Hospital new addition. The installation is anticipated to be completed by mid May, 2015.
On Tuesday, March 24th, Associate Partner Mark Wagner, AIA, was a panelist at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums conference in Boston. Mark, with Alice M. Greenwald, Director, of the 9/11 Memorial Museum and Lou Mendes, Executive Vice President of Design, Construction & Facilities at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, presented the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center to an audience of museum leaders, architects, planners and technical experts. Focusing on designing a museum in a highly charged context, the panelists addressed the complexity of coordinating construction with adjacent project stakeholders, the importance of coordinating the architectural design with the exhibition narrative concept, and the role of architecture, engineering, construction in supporting historic preservation and cultural memory. Attendees gained insight into how the high degree of planning and collaboration between the many parties involved contributed to the museum’s success.
As part of an ongoing series of lectures hosted by Davis Brody Bond, Richard Ravitch, former Lieutenant Governor of New York and good friend to Founding Partner Lew Davis, talked about his experiences developing public architecture projects in New York City in the 60s and 70s. Attended by guests as well as Davis Brody staff, the lecture covered a selection of the firm’s legacy work, including Waterside Plaza, one of New York City’s largest residential developments, which not only left a lasting mark on the city’s skyline, but it’s attitude toward architecture and its role in service to the public.
We are excited to announce that the design for the National September 11 Memorial Museum has received an Honor Award in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter. The museum was selected along with 34 other projects, 7 of which received an Honor Award in the 2015 Design Awards. All projects will be on view at the Center for Architecture in New York in the 2015 Design Awards exhibition, opening April 23rd. Check out the award submissions here.
We are pleased to announce that partner Carl Krebs has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow on a member. This honor recognizes Carl’s individual achievements as well as his contributions to his profession and to society. Carl will be invested in the College of Fellows at the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta in May.
Davis Brody Bond is pleased to announce that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has honored the firm’s project, the National September 11 Memorial Museum, with the 2015 National AIA Honor Award, Interior Architecture. The Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture acknowledges outstanding building interiors created by United States licensed architects. The awards program draws attention to the broad diversity of interior architecture.
Davis Brody Bond Partners Steven M. Davis, FAIA, and Carl F. Krebs, AIA, were involved with the project since its inception in 2004. Steven M. Davis also developed the Public Space Master Plan for the World Trade Center in 1992 and Carl F. Krebs was the Partner-in-Charge for Davis Brody Bond’s participation in the development of the 9/11 Memorial.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum was conceived as the global focal point for presenting and preserving the history and memories of the events of 9/11 by documenting the impact of the attacks and exploring their enduring significance. The Museum is located beneath the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, New York.
“The historic importance of the site and its symbolism made it essential for us to find a balance between the collective and the individual experience,” says Steven M. Davis, “We are honored to be recognized with this award.”
Davis Brody Bond relied on four principles to guide the design: memory, authenticity, scale and emotion, hoping to provide the most sensitive, respectful and informative experience for visitors. The design team responded to a challenging set of physical conditions and preservation mandates, while considering the sanctity of the site and how authenticity of place could impact viewers’ emotions. They inherited a fixed set of existing geometries at the site and were faced with the challenge of translating them into a series of coherent spaces that are punctuated by surface, texture, and volume. The sheer scale of the Museum’s culminating space conveys the enormity of the site and reinforces awareness of the absence of what once was there.
Jury comments included: “The project is so very complex: the artifacts, the sequencing, the scale, plus the enormous responsibility of creating an experience in this place with such importance to our country,” and “The space honors those who perished; even if you didn’t know what it stood for, it would still evoke an overwhelmingly emotional response.”
The jury for the 2015 Interior Architecture Awards includes: Rick Kremer, FAIA (jury chair). Matt Murphy, AIA, RMTA; Luke Ogrydziak, AIA, Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects; Susan Elizabeth Seifert, AIA, and Steven Shapiro, Hon. AIA, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
The Institute Honor Awards program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity in order to elevate the general quality of architectural practice, to establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and to inform the public expectations for architectural practice, its breadth, and its value.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum has also been recognized with awards from Interior Design Magazine and Architect Magazine, among others.
We are pleased to announce that the team of Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake has been selected by New York University to design a new mixed-use academic building located on NYU’s Greenwich Village campus. The 900,000 sf building will be located on Mercer Street between Houston and Bleecker Streets. Serving many purposes as well as campus and community constituencies, the building will include classrooms, a theater and teaching facilities for the Tisch School of the Arts, a state-of-the-art sports facility, student and faculty housing. This is a very significant project for NYU and for the neighborhood. A terrific amount of work by the NYU community has already gone into developing the program, goals and design principles of this new building. Our goal as a team will be to build upon that effort, and to help make this building a vibrant extension of a great urban campus and a sensitive addition to one of New York’s most cherished neighborhoods.
Davis Brody Bond’s Carl Krebs and Mark Wagner and Lou Mendes from National September 11 Memorial & Museum attended the Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year Awards Thursday evening and were honored to take home the Institutional Gallery/ Museum category for the design of the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
On Thursday, December 4th, his Excellency, Ebrahim Rasool, the Ambassador of The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in the United States hosted a discussion by Davis Brody Bond’s Design and Project Management Team on how the embassy’s Expansion and Modernization Project was successfully coordinated into an iconic world class building which home also to the statue honoring Nelson Mandela in DC. Rob Anderson and Burt Jackson from Davis Brody Bond led the talk.
Top, from left: Newton Kershner, Lisa Sundbeck Kim, Nnandozie Okeke, Ronald Papaleo, Jeremy Boon-Bordenave, Daisy Houang; Bottom, from left: Albert Yu, Dohhee Zhoung, Nicholas Ladd, Megan Meyers.
The Partners of Davis Brody Bond are pleased to announce our newest elevations to Associate and Senior Associate. Join us in congratulating the recipients and scroll down to read more about them.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced today that more than one million visitors have come to the 9/11 Memorial Museum since opening on May 15.
Said Museum Director Alice Greenwald to mark the occasion: “We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our visitors, who are spending on average more than two hours in the Museum. To have one million people come through our doors after being open for only four months is an estimate to how deeply the subject of 9/11 resonates for the broad, general public and how much interest there is in the unique way this Museum presents the history.”
The Frick Collection recently unveiled its plan to enhance and renovate the museum and library to fulfill founder Henry Clay Frick’s long-standing vision to offer public access to its works of art and educational programs. The design proposal calls for the construction of an addition to the East 70th Street side of the museum consistent in character with the original 1913–14 mansion of Carrère and Hastings and its subsequent 1934 expansion by John Russell Pope. A centerpiece of the plan will be the opening of the museum’s second floor to the public for the first time.
Davis Brody Bond has been selected as the architects, continuing the firm’s long relationship with the Frick and one which resulted the 2011 award-winning transformation of an exterior loggia into the museum’s Portico Gallery.
The National September 11 Memorial Museum opened on May 21st. The museum, designed by Davis Brody Bond, endeavors to tell the story of the victims and subsequent heroes after the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Watch the video interview with the designers of the museum, Steven Davis, Carl Krebs, and Mark Wagner here– and find links to articles from some prominent publications below:
Parsons’ The New School recently hosted a Panel Discussion on the National September 11 Memorial Museum, specifically addressing the issues of Memory, Authenticity, Scale, and Emotion. The event sought to look past the built architecture of museums and focus on the decisions made through architecture that influence the success of the mission of museums and memorials. The well attended event was covered by Interior Design Magazine in a comprehensive, well written article by Matthew Powell. The Museum opens this month, on the 21 May, 2014.
Photographs credit to: Muhammad Ismail, The New School
NBC Today visits the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture under construction in Washington, DC, as part of a celebration of Black History Month. The museum, designed as a collaboration between Davis Brody Bond, Adjaye Associates, The Freelon Group, and SmithGroup, features a collection of significant artifacts from various moments in American history, set on the last open plot of land on The National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is slated to open in 2015.
Paul Gunther at Architizer has written an insightful article on the culture of memorials in the United States and abroad, briefly touching upon our own design for the National September 11 Memorial Museum, situated below the Memorial Plaza and slated to open in the spring of 2014.
Now that St. Elizabeths East’s Gateway Pavilion has had a soft open for a couple of months – we are able to capture its integration and connection with the local community. The Pavilion just played hostess to a fall festival – offering musical guests, various vendors and food trucks a chance to entrance!
Washington, DC: On Wednesday, October 23rd, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, DC government officials, community leaders and the members of the design and construction team celebrated the opening of St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion. The pavilion, now known as G8WAY DC, is located at the center of the District of Columbia’s Congress Heights neighborhood in Ward 8. The newly developed pavilion is the first step of the implementation of the city’s master plan vision to transform the 180-acre Saint Elizabeths East campus into a mixed-use development. Its completion marked the first time that the historic East campus has been opened to the public.
The Pavilion was designed by Davis Brody Bond and constructed on an accelerated schedule by KADCON. Robert Silman Associates served as the structural engineer. Peter D. Cook, AIA NOMA, director of Davis Brody Bond’s Washington, DC office and principal-in-charge of the project, noted that the Pavilion will make a monumental difference to this community adding that ”the people of Congress Heights have long deserved a project that celebrates the resilience, wonderful spirit and lofty aspirations of the Ward 8 community.”
Mount Sinai Queens broke ground today, officially marking the commencement of construction on the modernization and expansion of the existing hospital. The project features a new multi-specialty outpatient facility, an expanded emergency room as well as new operation theatres. Members of the Design Team were present at the ceremony, with Partner David K. Williams, AIA, remarking:
The modernization of Mount Sinai Queens is both physically and philosophically transformational. The design of the new facility reflects a vision for what health care delivery in the post-Affordable Care Act era will be. This forward-thinking approach establishes a new ambulatory care model for the borough of Queens and the New York metropolitan area: a platform contained in a built environment capable of allowing the expertise and potential of the institution’s world renowned faculty to be utilized for the benefit of the surrounding community.
The New Adult Emergency Department for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital broke ground this week – marking the official beginning to the construction of the new patient care facility. The new design is central to implementing a Rapid Medical Evaluation system, maneuvering one of New York City’s busiest emergency departments into a position for continued growth as one of the nation’s best. Congratulations to the Project Team!
The Columbia University Jerome L. Greene Science Center (Mind Brain Behavior Building) has reached its pinnacle height! The construction crew celebrated the topping out ceremony on the state-of-the-art science center recently, hailing a major benchmark in the completion of the Manhattanville Development Master Plan. Congratulations to the Project Team!
Forty years ago Davis Brody & Associates completed Waterside Plaza, one of the most ambitious mixed-use developments ever realized in New York City. Over the years, Waterside has cemented itself into the New York Skyline, taking its place as a permanent fixture on Manhattan’s East Side.
As we previously mentioned, Steven Davis and Carl Krebs were interviewed about the National September 11 Memorial Museum, interviews which were featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The Foundation for the museum has recently released the video that was created around the interviews, which includes narration by the Director of the museum, Alice Greenwald. Click here to watch the video!
New York – On Saturday, June 29th, the National September 11 Memorial Museum was featured in both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Steven Davis and Carl Krebs were interviewed on Friday and one of Mr. Davis’ comments became the New York Times’ Quotation of the Day: “One hundred years from now, no one will be alive who remembers 9/11. The story has to tell itself.” With the scheduled opening of the Museum in a year, the anticipation is growing to see the interior in its final state. Read the two articles at the NY Timesand the WSJ to view video and images of the Museum in its current state.
After a period of meetings and presentations to showcase the planned design of the Mt. Sinai Queens Hospital Expansion along with the contrasting zoning required as-of-right design, the Astoria Community Board voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed design plan by the DBB/NK Architects design team, clearing the way for the realization of the new state-of-the-art hospital wing. Read more at the New York Daily News.
Davis Brody Bond’s design of the Planta Milenio (MAPS) facility in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico is a 2013 recipient of Architectural Record’s Good Design is Good Business Award. Formerly known as the BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Award, this award honors architects and clients whose work achieves strategic business goals through design innovation. This is the fourth time that Davis Brody Bond has won this prestigious award.
Planta Milenio is unique among facilities of its kind. The 1.13 million square foot facility is devoted to manufacturing, packaging and shipping Procter & Gamble (P&G) blades and razors to distributors worldwide. It is the first P&G factory in Latin America built with a sustainable approach to reducing to a minimum the environmental footprint in energy and water consumption as well as in CO2 emissions, creating an ideal balance between efficiency, sustainability and added value. Hoy en día Milenio , A strong benchmark for manufacturing initiatives, the building is a high performance facility that represents a best in class workplace environment and a low cost operating platform.
A key goal during the design process of the Planta Milenio was to develop a friendly user experience for the staff without compromising functional capabilities and seamless flow of products from raw material to packaging.
Davis Brody Bond and Arup, the global engineering firm, collaborated on this project, working with the P&G team based in Boston.
Washington, DC: Washington DC residents and dignitaries celebrated today the groundbreaking for the new Gateway Pavilion on the historic Saint Elizabeths East campus. The 16,000 sf structure designed by Davis Brody Bond is located at the center of the District of Columbia’s Congress Heights neighborhood in Ward 8 and will become home to the new, iconic Pavilion, a multi-purpose structure with an open-air fresh market, dining areas, pop-up retailers opportunities in addition to other community and cultural events.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray stated “Today is a day I have long anticipated, along with many other District government officials, business leaders and everyday residents. This groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of implementation of a vision we’ve shared for St. Elizabeths East, Ward 8 and the entire East End of our city…”
Peter D. Cook, AIA NOMA, director of Davis Brody Bond’s Washington, DC office and principal-in-charge of the project, noted that while small, the Pavilion will make a monumental difference to this community adding that ”the people of Congress Heights have long deserved a project that celebrates the resilience, wonderful spirit and lofty aspirations of the Ward 8 community. With today’s groundbreaking, we are one step closer to that realization.”
In addition to community-based activities, the Pavilion will serve the 4,000 US Coast Guard employees who will begin moving into the new headquarters building located on the adjacent Saint Elizabeths West campus. The new structure is scheduled to open this fall and serve as a catalyst for implementation of the master plan vision, transforming Saint Elizabeths East into a mixed-use development “that will function as a marketplace of ideas, innovation and commercialization; connect business, academe, entrepreneurial, and government ventures; serve as a catalyst for economic development and growth; and support security advances including critical infrastructure, energy, and sustainable technologies and practices.”
To watch the mayors speech as well as the complete press conference about the St. Elizabeths Development, click here.
At an event held on Feburary 7th to celebrate 60 years of successful practice, the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented the firm with a proclamation commending the creativity, skill, and design passion of the employees and the firm as a whole. We are honored to have been recognized for our hard work and longevity, and look forward to many continued years of challenging and rewarding projects.
Washington, DC. (October 13, 2012) Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the selection of KADCON, Davis Brody Bond and Robert Silman Associates as the winning team for the new St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion on the St. Elizabeths Hospital east campus in Washington, DC. Designed by architects Davis Brody Bond, the Gateway Pavilion will be a multi-purpose structure that will provide a venue for casual dining, a farmers’ market and other weekend and after-hours community, cultural and arts events.
Selected in a highly publicized design competition, the team envisioned that the Pavilion will be an iconic and visible structure seen from three distinct approaches, vantage points that reflect the existing and anticipated movements of people from different areas of the neighborhood. The Pavilion will form a dramatic backdrop to the plaza with the main area to be a 22-foot high space and central point for the expected activities.
Every October New York City opens its caverns, secret passages, and private spaces to the public. As we have done in past years, Davis Brody Bond, along with our partner Spacesmith, is participating by giving visitors a sneak peek behind the doors of two true New York architecture firms.
Coinciding with the 10 year anniversary of Open House New York – Davis Brody Bond is celebrating 60 years in practice; to honor this milestone, the firm as put together a Timeline exhibit showcasing the progression of the firm since its founding in 1952 – a showcase that will be open to the public during Open House New York!
Visit our office and take a look at our history on the walls and our current work on the boards!
We will be open to Visitors Saturday, October 6th from 10 AM until 4PM at 315 Hudson Street.
On July 6th, the newest addition to the Brooklyn Bridge Park opened with great fanfare to the sound of a whistle blow and children rushing into cool water. Rising off of the greenway on the uplands of Pier 2, the 30’ x 50’ pool is accompanied by a 2,500 sf sandy beach area supplied with lounge chairs and brightly colored umbrellas. An adjacent concrete plaza contains picnic tables with umbrellas, a food and drink concession, as well as additional amenities such as showers, restroom and lockers.
Perhaps the best feature, though, is the expansive view of Manhattan as you cool off.
Following a three stage Design Excellence process administered by the US Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations that attracted 54 design portfolios from leading teams throughout the US, our team was selected from a highly competitive shortlist.
The Mexico City project is the first solicited under OBO’s Design Excellence program and will demonstrate the value of an integrated design that balances aesthetics, cost, constructability, and reliability.
Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Davis Brody Bond, Embassy Compound, Mexico, Mexico City, New Embassy, OBO, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, US Department of State, US Embassy
On Saturday, May 19th at the AIA 2012 National Convention in Washington, DC, Steven M. Davis, FAIA, representing Davis Brody Bond, was presented the AIA Presidential Citation for the firm’s work as the design architect of the National September 11th Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site. The medal was awarded at the convention’s special ceremony “The Architects of Healing honoring the Architects involved Post 9/11 Memorials and Rebuilding Efforts”. Following the presentation of the medal, the team members of all honored firms were invited on stage and presented with certificates signifying their contributions to the projects.
Following the ceremony, Mr. Davis remarked that “I am especially proud of our contribution to the healing of the World Trade Center site. The focus and dedication of our team, who have devoted eight years to this challenging and rewarding project, ensured its success. Their recognition is well deserved. ”
Davis Brody Bond (DBB), with landscape design firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), is pleased to announce our selection as winners of the National Mall Design Competition for Union Square. The competition, organized by the Trust for the National Mall, was a three-stage process through which a jury of eight esteemed professionals selected a design team for each of the three re-design sites of the National Mall.
The project team, led by Kathryn Gustafson and Rodrigo Abela of GGN and Carl Krebs and Peter Cook of Davis Brody Bond, sees the site as a setting for some of the nation’s most powerful shared memories. We created a design that would recognize Union Square both as a place of iconic reverence, as well as an active square of public life. The new design engages visitors with an impressive monumental scale, but it also provides comfortable places for a range of activities and voices.
“The critical challenge of the Union Square site is to transform a space that is so fundamentally defined by its monumental setting into an inviting and accessible place for people, and to do this in a way that does not diminish the site’s powerful presence or dilute its role as forecourt to the Capitol” said Carl Krebs, Partner of Davis Brody Bond.
Read more about the project in our Portfolio.
Read more about the competition in The Washington Post.
The AIA 2012 National Convention in May will look to the architect’s role in the past, present, and future and will include a tribute to those who are responsible for the rebuilding and memorial projects in the wake of September 11. On Saturday, May 19th Davis Brody Bond will receive a specially-cast medal and an AIA Presidential Citation for our work on the National September Memorial and Museum. As an honoree, the firm will share our feelings and observations in a first-person account about using passion and the architect’s skill to inspire hope for a better world.
Out of over 180 entrants in the Architecture Category alone, DBB has come out on top! The firm has been honored with two 2012 AIANY Design Awards for outstanding design. The National September 11 Memorial, on which Davis Brody Bond is the Associate Architect, has won an Architecture Honor Award while The Frick Collection Portico Gallery has been honored with an Architecture Merit Award for the firm’s recently completedtransformation of the original Frick loggia. This year’s recipients of the AIA New York Chapter’s Design Awards were announced Monday, March 5th at 6pm at a symposium at the Center for Architecture moderated by architecture critic and journalist Alexandra Lange. The announcement was followed by a discussion of the 36 winning projects by distinguished jury members.
To see the full list of winners for every category, click here.
Davis Brody Bond, member of the Freelon Adjaye Bond/ SmithGroup team, and the Smithsonian Institution celebrated the groundbreaking of the National Museum of African American History and Culture yesterday in Washington, DC. The new museum, scheduled to open in 2015, will be located on a five-acre tract of land on the National Mall adjacent to the Washington Monument, across the street from the National Museum of American History. This will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, art, history and culture with collections covering slavery and freedom, military engagement and reconstruction, segregation and civil rights and cultural expressions of all forms.
President Barack Obama delivered remarks during the groundbreaking which was followed by the ceremonial breaking of the ground. Other distinguished guests and speakers included Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC); France Córdova, Chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents; Laura Bush, Member of the NMAAHC Advisory Council; Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.); and Phylicia Rashad, Emcee. The key theme that resonated throughout all tributes was that this museum would celebrate the achievements of African Americans – not only prominent people but also ordinary African Americans who did extraordinary things.
Named ‘the best of the Big Moves’ by the Chicago Tribune, our design scheme for Navy Pier is certainly making waves in the media. Published on February 5th, Kamin writes the work completed by ‘the Davis Brody Bond, Aedas and Martha Schwartz team is easily the most comprehensive of the five designs.’
To take an all-inclusive look at PierESCAPE, click here to view a video about our proposed design.
On December 13, visitors to The Frick Collection will be able to enjoy the new Portico Gallery for Decorative Arts and Sculpture—the first major addition to the museum’s display spaces in nearly thirty-five years. The inspiration for this initiative, which involves the enclosure of the portico in the Fifth Avenue Garden, comes from the intention of museum founder Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) to build an addition to his 1914 mansion for his growing collection of sculpture. The project was postponed in 1917 following the United States entry into World War I and Mr. Frick died before it could be resumed. In recent years, the institution has placed greater focus on sculpture through critically acclaimed exhibitions and several key acquisitions, while also evaluating the effectiveness of the display and lighting of such objects. Another area of increased focus has been the decorative arts. When talks began with renowned porcelain collector Henry H. Arnhold about a promised gift, the idea to create a gallery both for sculpture and the decorative arts was revisited. Davis Brody Bond developed a design to integrate the outdoor garden portico into the fabric of the museum, and groundbreaking occurred last winter.
Our design for a series of modular eco-libraries along the Amazon River are the subject of a recent posting on the popular sustainability blog, Inhabitat.com. The project, conceived with the Brazilian education non-profit Vagalume, expands upon a book shelf module to build flexible library structures. The construction concept for each library is equipped with easy to build and maintain “sustainability kits” that address the lack of infrastructure and economical stress these communities live in.
Since our founding in 1952, Davis Brody Bond has been committed to positively impacting the cities we live and work within through responsible and innovative design. The firm and its leadership have grown our business at various points throughout our history with an acute focus on elevating the quality of our work and the services we provide our clients. Our attention and adaptability to changing economic and political environments has allowed Davis Brody Bond to serve our clients and society while listening to their needs.
As many of you know, earlier this year we announced a decision to rebrand following our 2006 partnership with Aedas. With thoughtful consideration of core business needs, Davis Brody Bond is returning to the firm’s legacy brand and centralizing efforts in the Americas. Davis Brody Bond has withdrawn its partnership with Aedas, relinquishing the Aedas brand, and will focus on the growth of its regional offices.
As we prepare to celebrate the firm’s 60th anniversary, we recall and embrace the rich legacy begun by Lew Davis and Sam Brody that is continued by our five partners today. The firm’s early work such as Waterside and Riverbend housing complexes in New York stand testament to the foundation of our brand. With the nearing completion of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, Davis Brody Bond continues to shape the fabric of New York and various other communities.
In the last decade we have expanded our New York presence with offices in Washington DC, Seattle and Sao Paulo. In these geographic markets we have completed and are at the helm of projects such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American Museum, research facilities for Seattle Children’s Research Institute and multiple urban revitalizations in Brazil.
We will be celebrating our firm’s future throughout 2012 and look forward to sharing our excitement with you.
Davis Brody Bond is proud to be one of the five finalists vying for the commission to redesign Navy Pier, Chicago’s most popular attraction. Officials began an international search for designers to reimagine the Pier’s public spaces in September and DBB’s team, which includes landscape and urban design firm, Martha Schwartz Partners, and engineering firm, Halcrow Yowes, was originally up against over 50 consortiums.
The second phase of proposals, submitted just a few weeks ago, was culled down to a list of 11 teams which included designers Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Now one of five teams left to contend for this project, DBB will embark on a design competition phase. The final team selection will be announced in late February, after a public exhibition of all five concepts.