Atelier E2A Architekten
- Piet Eckert
- Wim Eckert
The prevailing architecture of exaggerated verticalization driven by the real estate market has transfigured blameless, traditional neighbourhoods into arrays of isolated privately owned buildings of extreme luxury that deny both the street and the city. Where Fifth Avenue passes alongside Central Park its real estate market value rises immeasurably. This is exactly where one of the best known cultural Institutions, the Goethe Institute, has its North American headquarters.
Nonetheless, this six-storey, turn-of- the-century townhouse facing the Metropolitan Museum of Art has stood empty for almost ten years. Our studio will reanimate this address with a public agenda reconsidering the culture of congestion.