Sorry for the quality of this photo. I took it with my cell phone while driving by. I drive by it at least once a week and never stop, and never find myself walking around that area, so I decided finally to post this picture until I get a better one.
New York City had been waiting for a work of architecture by Frank Gehry for some time. It finally got one here in 2007 as the IAC building on the West Side Highway in Chelsea. The shape of the glass panels gives the overall building a unique look, but the use of the fritted glass creates visually interesting bands especially at sunset when the golden light is reflected from the building. There were a little over 1,400 panels of glass used in the construction of this building.
When you go by, there are also bands of light and colors that emerge from the ground level. They have a video wall running across the ground floor facing the Westside Highway.
Check out IAC's website here. There is a lot of interesting information on the building.
I think I just like the reflective blue of this building next to the matte black buildings behind. It creates a striking contrast. The white memorial stones in the park make the reflective building even more interesting.
This grouping of buildings is down in the Financial District by Battery Park at the Southern Tip of Manhattan.
This is not architecture per se, but is part of the world that is a mesh of art and design. I love the cleverness of this. It really makes you want to sit on it, and makes you think of the origin of leather since that is what it is made from. Designed in 2004 by Julia Lohmann it is entitled Waltraud Cow-Bench.
There are many excellent works showing functional design in the MoMA, but this is what struck my fancy the last time I visited.
Museum of Modern Art, New York 11 West 53rd Street (between 5th & 6th Aves.)