caliper studio: roy lichtenstein residence + studio, new york
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mar 26, 2013
caliper studio: roy lichtenstein residence + studio, new york



‘roy lichtenstein studio + residence’ by caliper studio, greenwich village, new york, USA
image © ty cole 
all images courtesy of caliper studio 

 

 

 

the late artist roy lichtenstein left behind a legacy of hard-edged pop art, characterized by bold outlines, striking benday dots and expressions lifted from comic books. two low greenwich village buildings converted by lichtenstein in the 1980′s from metal shop and garage to residence and work space have now been converted into a sculpture garden and preserved component of his estate. brooklyn-based caliper studio took the unused 6000 square foot surface of eight aging rooftops and refitted them with an undulating expanse of flowering plants. lichtenstein’s vibrantly-colored ‘brushstrokes’ and ‘endless drip’ now make their home in the rare patch of greenery in the theatric urban garden. enclosed by the neighboring mid-rises of manhattan’s west side, the green roof continues the graphic forms in lichtenstein’s work with two conspicuously curved concrete shell skylights that serve to lift the grassy plane with a warm yellow glow. the ‘planted berm skylights‘ were designed and detailed by the in-house fabrication sector of caliper studio in collaboration with riverside builders. a 3-d model was used to create the formwork for CNC milling and a complex steel system created a reinforcing net buried in the concrete. steel, glass and plants come together to gesture a gentle fold in the landscape.  


views of the skylights
image © ty cole 
artwork © estate of roy lichtenstein


glass steel and grass meet with bold formalism
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detail of the skylight
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‘brushstroke’ finds a home in the urban garden
image © ty cole 
artwork © estate of roy lichtenstein


two views of the sculpture in the architectural context
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artwork © estate of roy lichtenstein


the penthouse meets the winding wooden deck
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the renovated kitchen and penthouse were rebuilt with rich materials, namely a dark reflective brick that meets a meandering, black locust wood deck. the sinuous path steps above the quiet landscape and alternatively acts as a viewing platform and contemplation space. preserving the late painter’s studio was central to the project and required a careful reworking of the building systems so as to update the climate control mechanisms. the space maintains the artist’s original artifacts, built-in wall easel system and paint-splattered floor. 


manhattan mid-rises enclose the famous ‘endless drip’
image © ty cole 
artwork © estate of roy lichtenstein


the architecture uses the existing west side masonry and renews in the building
image © ty cole


the deck is elevated from the landscape and can be a resting or viewing area
image © ty cole


fabrication detail on a step
image © ty cole


the preservation of the artist’s studio was the heart of the project
image © ty cole 
artwork © estate of roy lichtenstein


robust materials changed the quality of the interiors
image © ty cole


image © ty cole


penthouse view
image © ty cole


office view
image © ty cole


the skylights welcome diffused light into the space
image © ty cole

 

 


concrete shell view
image © ty cole


installation view
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metal rib
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(left) transportation of metal rib
(right) mother molds of the concrete shell
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molds
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image © ty cole


steel net for the reinforced concrete form
image © ty cole


sprayed on concrete shell
image © ty cole

 

 

drawings of skylight joints

 

 

welding specifications

 

 

section of rib lip

 

 

sections / connection details

 

 

building system section

 

 

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