Cooper Union

Justin Davidson does some reporting on the beautiful, epic Cooper Union building in Manhattan:

“Van Berkel’s four-pointed star sits gracefully in the middle of an open plaza—and how many structures in New York can you say that about? It has the scale and fluidity of a fountain, defying the surroundings by staying low to the ground. Made of wood like a pair of crossed ship hulls, the pavilion presents a continuous façade of glass, grille, and tough polycarbonate. When it opens, it will serve as a place to buy a cup of coffee or pick up a schedule of arts events, but its more crucial function will be as a sign: an X marking the spot where New York started, where friends can meet, and where an architect delivered on his profession’s promise to ennoble a patch of public space.”

Photo by Hannah Whitaker

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