Growing up Seoul, Lee Changsub’s favorite activity is watching construction of the 123-floor Lotte Tower through binoculars from his balcony at home. All of 9-years-old, Changsub has studied skyscrapers, memorizing all the tallest towers in the world and their architects. He has filled his head with facts and figures about how they are constructed, and sketches his own building designs complete with floor plans, elevations, and height calculations.
500 West 21st Street was recently honored with an AIANYS Design Award. Awarded annually since 1968, the American Institute of Architects in New York State’s (AIANYS) Design Awards celebrate, honor, and promote excellence in architectural design and planning by New York State architects. The Design Awards select built and unbuilt projects that are not only beautiful, but also built with resiliency, energy efficiency, and sustainability.
One Vanderbilt was recently awarded an International Architecture Award, one of the most prestigious building design awards in the world.
KPF’s Tokyo Garden Terrace opened last week in Kioicho, a neighborhood in the southern district of the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo. Seibu Properties is the developer for the project, with KPF serving as Design Architect and Nikken Sekkei serving as Executive Architect.
40 years ago on July 4th,1976, A. Eugene Kohn, William Pedersen, and Sheldon Fox founded Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) in the midst of an economic downturn, confident in their combined abilities and partnership. Within two years of its founding, William Louie, current principal, joined KPF. The firm’s first project was the renovation of the ABC Armory Building in New York (completed 1978). KPF soon gained national recognition with the design of such buildings as 333 Wacker Drive in Chicago, the headquarters for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC.
KPF’s recently-topped-out Ernst & Young Tower (100 Adelaide) in Toronto was featured by UrbanToronto in a trio of articles from this week and last.
Two KPF projects have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. Winners will be announced at the Festival, to be held in Berlin on November 16-18 later this year.
Last Thursday, Luc Wilson, associate principal at KPF and director of KPF Urban Interface, participated in a panel discussion entitled “Building Buildings: Investing.”
KPF’s plan for Clifton Slipways was recently approved by the Gravesham Borough Council. Located in Gravesend, UK, the riverside development plan introduces much-needed housing into the area, in addition to a swath of riverfront public space, including the restoration of a historic iron pier, once used to ferry ‘boat train’ passengers onto pleasure boats on the Thames.
On Wednesday night, Gene Kohn and Bill Pedersen were honored by The Skyscraper Museum with the 2016 Making New York History (MNYN) Award. First awarded in 1999 and given out annually since 2005, the award is given to individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the development of New York City.