Earlier this week, NYC's Design Commission Awards for Excellence recognized some of the most innovative city-commissioned projects that are changing the face of the 5 boroughs for the better. Mayor Bloomberg invited press to the Frank Gehry-designed 8 Spruce Street School and called attention to 10 outstanding projects that are helping to bring more sustainable architecture to the city. From the Squibb Pedestrian Bridge in Brooklyn to the Three Carriage Houses for the Staten Island Historical Society, these game-changing projects bring beautiful, modern design to the communities they're located in. Click through our gallery to see them all and tell us in comments which inspires you most.
One of the projects honored was the fifth phase of Riverside Park South by Thomas Balsley Associates and Sage and Coombe Architects. The green glass pavilion is slated for construction soon, and will be enjoyed by Manhattanites on the waterfront.
Rice and Lipka’s Carriage Houses for Staten Island Historical Society are a series of curvilinear structures capped with red glass. Complementing this project is Mary Miss’ “The Passage: A Moving Memorial,” which is unique in its recognition as the only project from the Cultural Affair’s Percent for Art Program.
HNTB’s Squibb Pedestrian Bridge will connect Brooklyn Bridge Park to Brooklyn Heights in a zig zag pattern, giving walkers ease of mind to cross without dealing with cars while East Elmhurst’s library addition by Garrison Architects adds important space for the busy library hub, utilizing sustainable materials, and energy saving design. In the Bronx, the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis showcases an array of outdoor tennis programs designed by Peter Gluck Architects.
Three projects highlighting community park space and gardens were also recognized; the Flatbush Avenue Entrance and Terrace Café, Governors Island Park and Public Spaces, and the Central Park Conservancy Plan, whose overall work has developed a richer, more public friendly park for tourists and locals alike.