Annabelle Selldorf

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Annabelle Selldorf is a German-born architect and founding principal of Selldorf Architects, a New York City-based architecture practice. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and the recipient of the 2016 AIANY Medal of Honor.[1] Her projects include the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility,[2] Neue Galerie New York, a renovation of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, David Zwirner's 20th Street Gallery,[3] 200 11th Avenue[4] and 10 Bond Street.[5] Current projects include an expansion of the Frick Collection,[6] the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Hauser & Wirth]'s new gallery on 22nd street in Chelsea,[7] The Mwabwindo School, 21 East 12th,[8] and several buildings for the LUMA Foundation's new contemporary center in Arles, France.

Biography[edit]

Selldorf was born in the early 1960s in Cologne, Germany.[9] She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute in New York and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.

Selldorf explains in an article for Architectural Digest that she did not want to be an architect growing up. Her father is an architect, and he eventually recommended she work for a contractor. This experience sparked her interest to pursue the profession.[10]

Selldorf has designed gallery and exhibition spaces for Hauser & Wirth, The Whitney,[11] Gladstone Gallery, Michael Werner, David Zwirner, Acquavella Galleries and Frieze Art Fair's Frieze Masters. Her firm routinely collaborates with the Gagosian Gallery on exhibition designs.[12][13]

Her approach to design has been described in the Wall Street Journal as "...about restrained and understated elegance. From reinvented Beaux-Arts galleries to handsome residential towers, the Selldorf statement goes against the grain."[14] Her work has also been praised by Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic for The New Yorker as "...a kind of gentle modernism of utter precision, with perfect proportions."[15]

In 2010, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored Selldorf’s firm with a Public Design Commission Award for the design of the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility a processing center for New York City's curbside metal, glass, and plastic recyclables.[16] Michael Kimmelmann reviewed the building in the New York Times; "Selldorf was, in retrospect, an inspired choice. The German-born Annabelle Selldorf runs the firm, which stresses crisp lines, elegant volumes and a clean, formal vocabulary in which nothing goes to waste."[17] The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is also a winning site of Built by Women New York City, a competition launched by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation during the fall of 2014, to identify outstanding and diverse sites and spaces designed, engineered and built by women.[18]

She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Academician of the National Academy Museum and School, and a board member of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation. In 2016, she received the AIANY Medal of Honor,[19] and the Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2014.

Selected Projects[edit]

Selected Awards[edit]

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York City Chapter: Honor Award, David Zwirner, 2016;[25] Merit Award, Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, 2014[26]
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York State Chapter: Merit Award, David Zwirner Gallery, 2015; Merit Award, Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, 2015
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Chapter: Merit Award, The Clark Art Institute Museum Building, 2016
  • Lucy G. Moses Award: 1000 Dean Street and Berg'n, 2015[27]
  • The Waterfront Center's Excellence on the Waterfront: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, 2016[28]

Publications[edit]

  • Salldorf, Annabelle (2009). Selldorf Architects (1st ed.). New York: Monacelli Press. ISBN 9781580932264.
  • Selldorf, Annabelle (2016). Selldorf Architects: Portfolio and Projects. Phaidon Press. ISBN 9780714871172. with photographs by Todd Eberle

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AIA New York Chapter : Press Releases". aiany.aiany.org. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  2. ^ "Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility - Selldorf Architects - New York". Selldorf Architects - New York. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  3. ^ "David Zwirner 20th Street - Selldorf Architects - New York". Selldorf Architects - New York. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ "200 Eleventh Avenue - Selldorf Architects - New York". Selldorf Architects - New York. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  5. ^ "10 Bond Street - Selldorf Architects - New York". Selldorf Architects - New York. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  6. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (2016-10-20). "Frick Collection Names Selldorf Architects for Its Renovation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  7. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (2016-06-09). "Hauser & Wirth Gallery to Take Over Former Dia Space in Chelsea". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  8. ^ "Greenwich Village Condos for Sale| 21 E 12 – Selldorf". Greenwich Village Homes, Townhouses & Penthouses | 21 East 12th Street. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  9. ^ Miranda, Carolina. "Hauser Wirth & Schimmel's inside edge: Architect Annabelle Selldorf's quiet spaces are the grand gesture". LA Times. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  10. ^ Hoffman, Nicholas von (December 2001). "Annabelle Selldorf Cultivating an Architectural Calling". Architectural Digest. 58: 102–103.
  11. ^ ""Frank Stella: A Retrospective" at the Whitney - Selldorf Architects - New York". Selldorf Architects - New York. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  12. ^ Kazanjian, Dodie. "Francesco Vezzoli: Mother Love". www.Vogue.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-28. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Peter Hossli, "En Suite Parking Included", Hossli.com, 5 May 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  14. ^ Netto, David (28 April 2011). "The Form Mistress". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  15. ^ Goldberger, Paul (26 November 2001). "A Face-Lift on Fifth". The New Yorker. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Design Commission - Design Awards - 2009". www.nyc.gov. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  17. ^ Kimmelman, Michael (2013-11-17). "Sims Municipal Recycling Facility, Designed by Selldorf". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  18. ^ a b "Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Hosts Leadership Awards Gala, Kicks off Built By Women Exhibition". Architectural Record. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  19. ^ "AIA New York Chapter : Press Releases". aiany.aiany.org. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  20. ^ "Steinway & Sons New York showroom by Annabelle Selldorf". Dezeen. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  21. ^ Rubinstein, Dana (22 February 2011). "Cans, Bottles, Opera House". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  22. ^ "Q&A Hauser Wirth & Schimmel's inside edge: Architect Annabelle Selldorf's quiet spaces are the grand gesture". latimes.com. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  23. ^ "Oak Room and Oak Bar at The Plaza Hotel". Steilish LLC website. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  24. ^ "Renovated John Hay Library reopens". Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  25. ^ "AIA New York Chapter : 2016 AIANY Design Awards Winners". aiany.aiany.org. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  26. ^ "AIA New York Chapter : 2014 AIANY Design Awards Winners". aiany.aiany.org. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  27. ^ "The 25th Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards :: The New York Landmarks Conservancy". www.nylandmarks.org. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  28. ^ "The_Waterfront_Center". www.waterfrontcenter.org. Retrieved 2017-10-04.