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October 6, 2014
Just as New York weather is signaling a shift indoors, the annual Archtober event is giving design and architecture fans a month-long pass to observe and explore new and unique additions to the city's skyscrapers, offices, and built environment. While a vast array of styles and structures are on display throughout October, with a new tour every day, we've highlighted modern buildings that warrant investigation in person. Find out more about Archtober's building of the day tours here.
University Center, The New School by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

University Center, The New School (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)

This colossal new student and academic center at 14th and 5th adds 375,000 square feet of space to The New School. It also counters the concept of a faceless, city campus high-rise with "activity quads" and a series of dynamic, exposed staircases, allowing the hum of activity at the progressive school to be visible from the equally bustling Union Square sidewalks below.

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James Ewing
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National September 11 Memorial Museum by Davis Brody Bond

National September 11 Memorial Museum (Davis Brody Bond)

Built with archives and remnants from that fateful day, the emotionally gripping structure by Davis Brody Bond has been described as "cathedral-like" in its intensity and solemnity. Steven Davis, a partner at DBB who will be one of the architects leading the Archtober tour, told Dwell earlier this year that the space presented an intriguing challenge. “If you think about what we had as a site, and that a traditional museum is an icon containing exhibits, this is the inverse. The exhibit is the icon.”

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James Ewing
2 / 11
Kickstarter by Ole Sondresen Architect

Kickstarter Office (Ole Sondresen Architect)

The crowdfunding giant moved into this new Greenpoint space, a former pencil factory on 58 Kent, earlier this year. The building's evolution from industrial space to 21st-century innovation hub included the addition of a light-filled courtyard made from reused steel trusses and an expansive green roof.  

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Ole Sondresen
3 / 11
The Barbarian Group by Clive Wilkinson Architects

The Barbarian Group (Clive Wilkinson Architects)

The big draw in this internet advertising firm's downtown office is the "endless desk," a 1,100-foot-long, laser-cut table that unfurls across and around the office, providing space for all 125 employees (included underneath it, in the grotto-like space pictured here).

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Michael Moran
4 / 11
The Pavilion at Brookfield Plaza by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The Pavilion at Brookfield Plaza (Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects)

The blooming columns of curved steel at this renewed vision of the World Financial Center serves as a glass-encased welcome mat for a revitalized lower Manhattan.

 

 

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Jeff Goldberg
5 / 11
Museum at Eldridge Street by Archimuse

Museum at Eldridge Street (Archimuse)

A compact, dense museum space in Chinatown, the Museum at Eldridge Street showcases the history of a rediscovered and renovated synagogue on the Lower East Side, originally a turn-of-the-century architectural gem.

Courtesy of 
Benjamin Kracauer
6 / 11
Navy Green Supportive Housing by Architecture in Formation

Navy Green Supportive Housing (Architecture in Formation)

The bright red structure, called a "billboard building" by the architects, is meant to be a symbol and anchor for the mixed-income Navy Yard development. A cutting-edge home for the chronically homeless, the building's interior and garden—complete with a "rampitheater" for those with mobility issues—has won awards for its user-centric design.

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Tom Powel Imaging
7 / 11
Campbell's Sports Center by Steven Holl Architects

Campbell Sports Center (Steven Holl Architects)

A reflective, expressive sports center on Manhattan's northernmost tip, Steven Holl's angular structure for Columbia University handily owns the streetscape, putting the dour elevated subway tracks nearby to shame. 

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Tom Powel Imaging
8 / 11
King's County Distillery by Kushner Studios

King's County Distillery (Kushner Studios)

New York's oldest whiskey distillery since the 21st amendment boasts a rich history. The stills were fabricated in Scotland and the space features a stunning mix of concrete, columns and brick.

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Christopher Talbot
9 / 11
Middletown Road Station by SLO Architecture

Middletown Road Station (SLO Architecture)

This newly renovated Bronx subway station includes metal rupples referencing the nearby waterway, part of SLO Architecture's work to revitalize New York waterways

 

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SLO Architecture
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Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility by Selldorf Architects

Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility (Selldorf Architects)

This massive addition to New York's green infrastructure includes a processing plant and attached education center, with walls made from recycled glass and stone from the Second Avenue subway reconstruction project. The structure represents the city's most extensive use of photovoltaics and a wind turbine.

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Marc Lins
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University Center, The New School by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

University Center, The New School (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)

This colossal new student and academic center at 14th and 5th adds 375,000 square feet of space to The New School. It also counters the concept of a faceless, city campus high-rise with "activity quads" and a series of dynamic, exposed staircases, allowing the hum of activity at the progressive school to be visible from the equally bustling Union Square sidewalks below.

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