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BBB’s design for a bold, contemporary residential building adjacent to the landmark Washington Hilton near Dupont Circle takes cues from the hotel’s distinctive curvilinear geometry.
BBB’s design for the redevelopment of Eero Saarinen’s mid-century masterpiece reactivates this international landmark and opens it to the public as a hotel, restaurant and conference center.
BBB has guided the restoration of Marcel Breuer’s iconic 1966 building – originally designed as the Whitney Museum – and helped transform it into The Met Breuer. In this iconic space, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The building is bold and intimate at the same time, with an integrity, beauty, and honesty of design, materials, and execution that places it among the most distinguished mid-century modern buildings in New York.
BBB’s work on the Lincoln Center Promenade creates a vibrant, new cultural corridor that better connects the Performing Arts Center with the surrounding cityscape.
BBB’s capital needs survey and master plan captures current and future programmatic needs for the various constituent arts organizations at New York’s renowned performing arts campus.
BBB’s conversion of an underground parking garage into a suite of spaces for museum operations allows additional public space to be dedicated to the visitor experience.
Atlanta’s first mixed-use development, an iconic mid-century modern complex, will be transformed with a focus on the pedestrian experience.
BBB’s restoration of the historic DC Courthouse revives the original grandeur of the 1820’s structure and provides additional space and enhanced facilities for The Court of Appeals.
BBB’s restoration of The TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport prepares an icon of modern architecture for future adaptive reuse.
The reimagining of New York Public Library’s Midtown Campus includes the renovation of the historic and iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street and the central circulating branch, the Mid-Manhattan Library, across 5th Avenue.
BBB’s contemporary design for a new restaurant and café at The Met Breuer is inspired by Marcel Breuer’s striking mid-century architecture.
BBB transformed three turn-of-the-century buildings on the General Theological Seminary’s campus to create an educational conference center and a new public face on Tenth Avenue.
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The New York Public Library today unveiled early designs for the renovation of its central circulating branch, with a rendering showing a completely renovated Mid-Manhattan Library that will serve and inspire all New Yorkers.
In November, BBB DC’s Gretchen Pfaehler, Cristina Radu and Katie Hummelt attended the annual conference of the Association for Preservation Technology, hosted this year in Kansas City, Missouri. It was an intensive few days in the “Paris of the Plains,” the name given to the city in the 1930s during the heyday of jazz, gambling, corruption and wealth.
BBB worked in close collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to restore Marcel Breuer’s mid-century masterpiece and transform it into a new home for The Met’s expanding contemporary and modern art program. Below is a selection of press coverage of the restored building:
The restored TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, Eero Saarinen’s icon of modern architecture, has been recognized with an inaugural Excelsior Award for Public Architecture from the AIA New York State. The comprehensive rehabilitation project, commissioned by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and designed by Beyer Blinder Belle, has returned the landmark to its finely-detailed glory and prepared it for adaptive reuse as a hotel, restaurant and meeting center complex.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for the TWA Hotel, a new $265-million hotel, restaurant and conference center complex that will be anchored by Eero Saarinen’s iconic Flight Center at JFK International Airport.
BBB has an ongoing relationship with the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. As an architect, preservationist, and former Director of Historic Preservation at BBB, the contributions of the late Dr. Fitch to the fields of architecture, planning, and preservation provide inspiration to the Foundation’s Fellows. Today BBB continues to support Dr. Fitch’s mission, led by BBB’s Managing Partner and Chairman of the Fitch Foundation, Fred Bland.
The reinvention of Colony Square – Atlanta’s first mixed-use development – is scheduled to break ground October 10th. The iconic mid-century modern complex, originally constructed in the early 1970s, is undergoing transformation into a vibrant commercial, retail, residential and cultural destination in the heart of Midtown.
Among the eleven Modernism in America Awards announced today by Docomomo US, the restored TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport is the recipient of the 2015 Commercial Design Award of Excellence and one of three Saarinen buildings selected for an award.
The TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport has been honored with a prestigious American Architecture Award, bestowed by the Chicago Athenaeum in recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism in the United States.
In his New York Times article, writer David Dunlap considers how plans to redevelop the TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport into a 505-room hotel will bring new life to the beloved landmark. BBB completed a comprehensive restoration of the terminal in 2012 and will design the new hotel with Lubrano Ciavarra Architects for a partnership that includes MCR, JetBlue and the Port Authority.
Many people view a garden as nature incarnate. It is the opposite: a garden is an artifact created by humans for human pleasure and edification. A garden is no more “natural” than a building is, even though it uses natural plant material to create its story just as a building uses bricks, steel, and glass to explain itself.
Adding to an existing building, compared with ground-up new construction, isn’t always so glamorous.
North American Properties has enlisted Beyer Blinder Belle in collaboration with Atlanta-based Lord Aeck Sargent to “reimagine” Midtown Atlanta’s Colony Square. A preliminary conceptualization was released today:
Beyer Blinder Belle is honored to be collaborating with David Rubin LAND COLLECTIVE on a Master Plan for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The plan is aimed at enhancing the guest experience and celebrating the institution’s unique history while creating a sustainable, 21st-century campus.
Flora Bar and Flora Coffee are a new restaurant and café set on the lower level of The Met Breuer. Taking cues from the iconic building’s attributes of robust concrete, bluestone and bronze detailing, BBB’s design for the space respects Marcel Breuer’s modernist aesthetic while also incorporating the contemporary vision of restauranteur Thomas Carter and chef Ignacio Mattos. The completion of Flora Bar and Flora Coffee is part of BBB’s larger revitalization of Breuer’s mid-century masterpiece, restoring, redesigning and transforming it into The Met Breuer. Below is a selection of press coverage:
The distinctive gilded pyramidal roof of the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse shines with new luster these days. Following a comprehensive interior and exterior renovation and restoration, the architectural landmark and preeminent symbol of the Federal Government (site of the famous Alger Hiss and Rosenberg trials) has been revitalized for life in the 21st century and beyond.
Managing Partner Fred Bland explores his love of gardens in a five-part series entitled “Making of a Garden(er): An Urbanist Architect in the Garden.” This Installment 2 is about the many influences contributing to his approach. The series begins with Fred’s early gardening experiences, tracing the roots of his childhood experiences, initial projects, and the foundations of his first garden, Installment 1: “A Gardener Grows…”. Other installments include: Installment 3: “A Garden Grows”, Installment 4: “A Walk in the Garden”, and “One View Four Seasons” [Installment 5 forthcoming].
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