Recapping a Monumental Year

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Enclos recapped a monumental 2016 by completing facades for projects recently recognized on some of the years’ best architecture lists. The New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman presented his 2016 ‘Best Architecture in New York’ including VIA 57 West and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. Included in Architectural Record’s Top Ten Projects of 2016 from around the world were VIA 57 West and the National African American Museum of History and Culture.  Amongst The Architect’s Newspaper top buildings to open in 2016 were all three of the projects above, as well as the World Trade Center Transit Hub and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

Via 57 West is no stranger to the spotlight, reinforced by its recognition on all three lists. Located in New York, Via 57 West sets a high standard for residential apartment buildings. Its unique triangle design helps break the skyline trend of New York City’s “super-slenders.” The “courtscraper” as many may know it is BIG’s first completed project in the U.S.

A couple of blocks up is also one of the most anticipated and controversial buildings to open in 2016. The Calatrava-designed  World Trade Center Transit Hub opened its doors in March and has been one of New York’s busiest destinations since.

The Renzo Piano-designed Jerome L. Greene Science Center at Columbia University was also listed as one of the best architecture projects of 2016 and is the first building to be completed on the Manhattanville campus. Its innovative design and double-skin facade allows for ample amounts of daylight to shine through to its labs and corridors.

Not all of Enclos’ recognized work was centered around New York. The Smithsonian’s National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C., designed by Freelon Adjaye Bond
SmithGroup, stands 123 feet tall and is enclosed in beautiful bronze-colored panels inspired by southern ironwork. The NAAMHC stands out adjacent to the towering Washington Monument and just south of the White House.

Last but not least is the Snøhetta-designed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art which has earned numerous recognitions for its design and performance. It features the largest architectural application of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) in the United States. SFMOMA was also recognized by The Architect’s Newspaper as Building of the Year > West.