Robert A.M. Stern


In over thirty years of practice, Robert A. M. Stern has developed a distinctive architecture committed to the synthesis of tradition and innovation and, above all, to the creation and enhancement of a meaningful sense of place. This monograph, covering the years 1999?2002, is the fourth in a series on Stern's work. The volume includes more than one hundred projects, including houses and apartments, buildings for cultural institutions and universities, office and commercial structures, government facilities, and ...

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In over thirty years of practice, Robert A. M. Stern has developed a distinctive architecture committed to the synthesis of tradition and innovation and, above all, to the creation and enhancement of a meaningful sense of place. This monograph, covering the years 1999?2002, is the fourth in a series on Stern's work. The volume includes more than one hundred projects, including houses and apartments, buildings for cultural institutions and universities, office and commercial structures, government facilities, and designs for products, including fabric and tableware.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781580930215
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.79 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. M. Stern, the principal partner of the architectural practice he founded in 1969, is also dean of the Yale School of Architecture. In addition to monographs on the firm's work, Stern has written a series of books on New York's architecture and urbanism, including New York 1880, New York 1900, New York 1930, and New York 1960.
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Robert A. M. Stern and Paul Goldberger: A Conversation

PAUL GOLDBERGER: Bob, forty years of practice is an extraordinary thing, all the more because you continue at such a rapid pace. I remember the office over the storefront on West Seventy-second Street, which was probably smaller than your reception area is right now. Let me first ask you if there’s anything you miss from those early days when it was a kind of office on a shoestring.

ROBERT A. M. STERN: “Office on a shoestring” sums it up perfectly. What one does miss, of course, from when one is brand new in practice, is the thrill of the first or the second or the third commission or telephone call as it were. And the very close camaraderie of a few people. But there is no question that a larger office—and I’m not sure how much larger “larger” should really be—provides one with all kinds of other things and a more solid professionalism. You avoid some of the horrible mistakes that many small practices make, both technical errors in execution of the work and mistakes in terms of how to position the firm and how to write a contract and a hundred other things.

I was thinking of that, actually, as I was waiting for your arrival. Of course, it was much nicer in some ways when it was smaller and I knew everybody. And I knew them warts and all, and they knew me warts and all. Now I think they know me warts and all and I’m not sure I know them.

But there are people in our practice today who don’t go back to day one but do go back to say, day three. People who have been here thirty years or more and are now partners, and we have a close camaraderie. But of course, many others who came to the practice have become partners and associates as well.

PG: It is remarkable, though, that there are some people who really spent their entire careers here.

RS: I’m always disappointed when people leave. But I recognize that for some people, for many people, it’s a good thing to do. Find their own way. Sometimes people don’t work better in a different environment than the one they’re leaving, but they think it’s going to be better, that the grass will be greener. Sometimes, they think they’re going to be able to do it on their own, and they suddenly discover that independent practice is not for everyone or not for them. Some chose to return to the nest. But we’ve spawned a lot of firms.

PG: You know, for a while, it seemed right to compare Robert A. M. Stern Architects to a practice like Delano & Aldrich or John Russell Pope or James Gamble Rogers, great eclectic firms of the 1920s, ’30s, and so forth.

But given that they were less concerned about formal innovation than they were about careful, conscientious re-use of historical form and given the sheer volume of work you now have, larger than any of those firms, I think even in their heyday, I wonder to whom would you want to be compared, ideally?

RS: There were no really large firms in the time of the architects you mentioned, to my knowledge. None that was very large. McKim, Mead & White and Daniel Burnham set the model, but it was just the model for big practice, not the reality. It’s only since the founding of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the late 1930s and after that the large firm taking on many different kinds of work began to emerge.

I like to think that we are able to compete with different firms for different kinds of work, that we can compete with a KPF or a Skidmore for a corporate project and other firms for other kinds of work. Maybe we’re sui generis, egomaniac though such a claim might be.

PG: We all know you are sui generis, so the question is therefore, perhaps the firm also is?

RS: We run our practice differently. First of all, we run side by side with certain partners who are doing the kind of work we did twenty, twenty-five years ago, relatively small scale, and other partners who are running large projects. And in between are the institutional projects, which tend to be a bit of one and the other.
But we have people who move around in the practice from one kind of work to the other. And I think people enjoy not doing the same kind of project over and over again year in and year out. People who might not want to be specialists, but would rather be generalists. And that’s the way I think we are.

One thing that’s different from any other firm you might compare us with: we have always kept ourselves to one office. The condensed energy of this place—the bumping into each other in the halls and on the stairways and so forth, of the people who are all really involved in the projects—is an essential ingredient in our ability to work together successfully.

PG: So you prefer the challenge of airplane travel to the sacrifices one makes having branch offices.

RS: Yes—especially now that I get my partners to travel.

PG: How do you keep quality up at this volume?

RS: My job in the office—certainly in the last ten or so—maybe fifteen years—has been to set the agenda for projects and then be the quality control. We’ll go this way; we’ll go that way. We’ll look at this set of alternatives or that. A design direction for a project emerges under my leadership and once that happens, my job is to see to its nurturing and to its survival in the rough-and-tumble of budgets, value engineering, and construction. I constantly meet with the architects working on our projects which are in intensive design development. As they move to the next stages, we meet less frequently as more technical issues come on board, but whenever there’s a decision that involves a significant intersection between idea and realization, then these projects are brought back to me. I think I can say that I am ultimately responsible for what we do, good or bad.

PG: You set each project’s initial design direction.

RS: Yes. Usually I sit down with a partner and other key people. I’ve done it collaboratively since the day John Hagmann and I started. The notion that an architect locks himself in his closet, so to speak, and invents a project is, I think, a foolish one and not operative for me. Not operative for most people.

PG: Let’s talk about the role of history today: how does one justify doing work that is so reliant on historical precedent in the twenty-first century? Is that different from doing so in the twentieth century? Or if it was justifiable in the twentieth, is there any reason it should be any different in the twenty-first?

RS: I don’t see how any art can proceed—I regard architecture as an art—without climbing on the shoulders of what went before it. The modernist argument may have provided a necessary tonic to do some house-cleaning almost a hundred years ago. But modernism has become a style and an ideology. In fact we now live in a period of revived modernism in which architecture students and young practitioners are doing things that make me smile. I mean, I wouldn’t be as blatantly devoted to some of my precedents as they seem to be to Case Study houses in California.

I think that all architecture comes from what went before. And how carefully one hews to precedent or how many liberties one takes, in my view, is part of a larger set of judgments as to what is, or could be called, “appropriate.” Appropriate from every point of view, especially from the site, the cultural expectations of a community and of the specific client. It’s not a matter of what mood I’m in that morning or which book happened to land on my desk that afternoon.

. . .

PG: Let’s move back more definitively towards your built work as opposed to the work in teaching. A few minutes ago, you brought up Comcast and Fifteen Central Park West together. It’s a fascinating comparison, because as you pointed out, they’re both large scale projects, both done at more or less the same time, and I would guess neither could have taken quite its form had it been done by some other hand. In other words, each has something to market as a Stern project, and yet they’re very, very different. Can we talk a little bit about all that those projects mean?

RS: We went through many schemes leading to Comcast. The project began in 2000 as a developer-driven speculative tower. And then the disasters of the collapse, and then 9/11/2001, halted the scheme. It then went forward in fits and starts with different agendas. But when it once got going seriously with the expectation that a very high-tech company, Comcast, would be its principal tenant, it became clear that the building had to embody the culture of modernity, especially that of electronic communication.

How do you do that? Well, make it very modern in materials, and make it as environmentally responsible as possible. The opinions of many to the contrary, I have nothing against glass buildings and have explored their possibilities when appropriate in the past. I did propose, you may recall, in the second Chicago Tribune competition (1980) an all glass building but I gave it a classical shape, that of a column in keeping with a narrative that had to do with newspapers. Now, that was done for polemical purposes. But it was not uninfluential, I would argue.

PG: It was around the time of Philip’s PPG building,5 was it not, which was a gothic shape in glass.

RS: I don’t know which preceded which. But that’s not important, except to say that the material glass is no more or no less a viable material to me than any other. The materiality of a building affects shape, but not always. In Philadelphia, the most significant formal concern was not with material expression but with context. The task was to deal with the skyline that had grown up almost overnight in the late 1980s in the wake of the second Tribune competition with what I would say are some very ambitious buildings, some high-striving skyline buildings, but all rather fat in their cross sections. Buildings that aspired to the slender profile of the Chrysler Building but ended up rather differently. So at the many design meetings I had with our client, I kept arguing for something very, very simple. Paring it back and making it a simple shape like a tapered obelisk, and even resisting the introduction of what many obelisks, I suppose, have, which is a pyramidal top.

Why resist the pyramidal top? In part because it’s very difficult technically to ventilate such a top. And for another reason, I just thought cutting the building off, leaving the suggestion of the pyramid off the top might be more interesting.

Then, working with Nancy Rosen, our art consultant on the project and others, we set out to find the right public art for the lobby. Art had to be in the building. And I thought that Jonathan Borofsky’s piece, as soon as I saw his proposal for it, was just brilliant. I think that brings people into dialogue with the building in a way that public art should but very seldom does. It’s not some abstract piece planted on a plaza, but a witty celebration of the monumentally scaled winter garden.

And then the last thing was someone—it was not my idea, but I embraced it instantly and pushed it along as fast and as forward as I could—someone said, “How about a video wall?” And we had the idea of working with David Niles to make a wall that would just have continual video, taking advantage of the most advanced technology that one associates with a company like Comcast.

It’s amazing: the whole back wall of the lobby—which can be seen all the way from the street across the plaza. In daylight, it’s that bright. For twelve hours a day, it projects an endless program; there are repetitions, but sequence of events that is constantly being reprogrammed. And it’s not advertising. It is that idea that Venturi has of electronic decoration on the wall of the building. It is not a substitute for the architecture; it is decoration. And it’s not commercial. There was much discussion about that, but I argued that the wall not be an extension of the Comcast brand but instead should be just a fantastic thing the Comcast company gives to the world.

Brian Roberts [CEO of Comcast] got into it and went the whole nine yards. The most amazing thing about it: the digital machinery has to rest every so often. And when it rests, it projects an image that matches exactly the wood paneling that clads the rest of the lobby’s walls. So you could walk in there and just see paneling—and all of the sudden, it goes away. Electronics and architecture as one.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Architects' Office, New York, New York 12
Center for Jewish Life, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 16
Spruce Lodge, Colorado 22
Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, Massachusetts 30
Residence in River Oaks, Houston, Texas 34
Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Indiana 40
Town Square - Wheaton, Illinois 46
Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, New York 50
Anglebrook Golf Club, Somers, New York 56
House at Apaquogue, East Hampton, New York 58
Kiawah Beach Club, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 64
Greenbrier at West Village Golf Resort, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan 70
Residence in the Midwestern United States 78
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York 84
Celebration, Florida 90
Residence in Starwood, Aspen, Colorado 98
Feature Animation Building, The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, California 106
Colgate Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 116
Red Oaks, Cohasset, Massachusetts 124
Nanki-Shirahama Golf Clubhouse, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan 130
Gap Embarcadero Building, San Francisco, California 132
Residence, Kings Point, New York 136
Aspen Highlands, Aspen, Colorado 138
William Gates Computer Science Building, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California 140
Residence at Skimhampton, East Hampton, New York 148
Residence, Telluride, Colorado 150
Residence in Beverly Park, Beverly Hills, California 152
Additions to Points of View, Seal Harbor, Maine 154
42nd Street Now!, New York, New York 160
East Hampton Library, East Hampton, New York 170
Hotel Melayu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 174
Moore Psychology Building, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 176
Disney's BoardWalk, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 178
Residence in Preston Hollow, Dallas, Texas 190
Concert Hall and Museum, Karuizawa, Japan 192
Celebration Health, Celebration, Florida 194
Product Design 202
Residence, Montecito, California 206
Residence at North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 210
Smith Campus Center, Pomona College, Claremont, California 212
National Advocacy Center, U.S. Department of Justice, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina 214
Life Dream House 216
Temple Emanu-el, Closter, New Jersey 222
Math/Science Building and Library, Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut 224
Porto Sauipe Marina Village, Bahia, Salvador, Brazil 226
Pacific Heights Residence, San Francisco, California 228
U.S. Courthouse and IRS Complex, Beckley, West Virginia 230
600 Thirteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 234
Residence in Southampton, New York 240
Prototypical Stores for eighteen 77 242
Saigon Metropolitan Tower, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 244
Navesink Residence, Middletown, New Jersey 246
Residence Hall for Columbia University, New York, New York 248
Residence and Guest House at Katama, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 254
U.S. Department of State Office Building Chancery, Berlin, Germany 260
Newport Bay Club Convention Center, Paris Disneyland, France 264
Master Plan and Addition to Knott Science Center, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland 270
Bangor Public Library, Bangor, Maine 272
U.S. Courthouse Annex, Savannah, Georgia 278
South Campus Housing, West Quadrangle, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina 280
Spring Valley Residence, Washington, D.C. 286
Union Square South, New York, New York 288
Yawkey Park, Boston, Massachusetts 290
Tribeca Park, Battery Park City, New York, New York 292
Edison Field, Anaheim, California 296
Miller Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 300
Residence on Kiawah Island, South Carolina 302
Disney Ambassador Hotel, Urayasu-shi, Chiba-ken, Japan 304
House at the Point, Santa Lucia Preserve, Monterey County, California 306
National Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tennessee 308
Mulholland House, Los Angeles, California 310
Wellesley Office Park, Wellesley, Massachusetts 312
Residence, Greenwich, Connecticut 314
Residence, Denver, Colorado 316
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia 318
Heavenly View Ranch, Old Snowmass, Colorado 320
Diagonal Mar Entertainment and Retail Center, Barcelona, Spain 322
Preservation and Development Plan, Heiligendamm, Germany 326
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas 330
New York Coliseum Site, New York, New York 334
Residence, Mount Kisco, New York 338
Guest House and Tennis Pavilion in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California 340
Residence in Napa County, Oakville, California 342
Residence, Long Island, New York 344
Edgewater Apartments, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 346
Belas Clube de Campo, Lisbon, Portugal 348
Welcome Center, Give Kids the World, Kissimmee, Florida 352
Tuxedo Reserve, Tuxedo, New York 354
Maharani Menari Tower, Jakarta, Indonesia 356
Trump St. Moritz Condominiums, New York, New York 358
Office Building and Parking Garage, Yonkers, New York 360
Residence at Maidstone, East Hampton, New York 362
Apartment Tower at Sixty-Fifth Street and Third Avenue, New York, New York 364
River Vue, Tuckahoe, New York 366
The Seville, New York, New York 368
South Station, Boston, Massachusetts 370
Senior Community, Celebration, Florida 372
Animation and Emerging Technologies Building, Sheridan College, Oakville-Trafalgar, Ontario, Canada 374
Arts Center, Denison University, Granville, Ohio 376
Residence, Palo Alto, California 378
House for This Old House Magazine, Wilton, Connecticut 380
Reforma 350, Mexico City, Mexico 382
Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee 384
Project Information 390
Illustration Credits 400
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