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FXCollaborative Selected Projects

History of FXCollaborative

FXCollaborative is a New York City-based architecture, interiors, and planning design firm. Founded in 1978, the firm leverages broad experience to enrich our world with responsible, intelligent, and beautiful design. The firm’s holistic approach integrates client aspirations, an urban sensibility, and a celebration of the craft of building. FXCollaborative’s work ranges from the scale of individual buildings and interiors—office towers, multi-family residences, cultural facilities, workplace, K-12 and higher-education institutions—to the city as a whole, addressing infrastructure and transportation.

Company Culture

FXCollaborative has been a pioneer in the green building movement since its founding over 35 years ago when Principal Bruce Fowle became known for designing solar-responsive, naturally-ventilated homes. In the 1990s, the firm took sustainable design to new heights with the first green high-rise in Shanghai, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (1992); and in New York, the Condé Nast Building at 4 Times Square (1999). As the first green skyscraper in the United States, 4 Times Square’s unprecedented integration of sustainable design principles and technologies galvanized the green building movement and was a catalyst for the development of the USGBC’s LEED rating system.

FXCollaborative also prides itself on its collaboration, which is at the heart of the design process, strengthened and enriched by the contributions of those who bring diverse experiences and views. The texture of varying beliefs, values, and backgrounds informs how they see the world, and are at the very core of our ability to serve their clients and community.

Humanity is at a decisive point in its relationship with the natural world, and we must cease to build and dwell in ways that degrade the health of the planet, and ourselves.

FXCollaborative strives to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and a feeling of belonging within all facets of our practice. They nurture a culture rich in diverse talent with a staff that reflects the many faces, cultures, and walks of life that make up our world. They celebrate, advocate for, and support the rights of all regardless of gender/gender identity, culture, color, race, religion, age, physical abilities, or sexual orientation.

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Alejandro Tintore King

Architect-US helps young international talent find internships or training opportunities in the United States based on their background and interests. Architect-US provided leadership, guidance, and support to FXCollaborative in securing a visa for Alejandro Tintore King—a student from Spain studying at the City College of New York—which allowed him to work at their firm as an intern trainee for one year. During his time at FXCollaborative, Alejandro become an integral part of their team and made significant contributions to several projects within their urban design and planning studio.

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As you scroll through the following three projects they have created, consider all of these design techniques and ideas they have implemented.

FX Collaborative Selected Projects

The Statue of Liberty Museum

  • Liberty Island, New York Harbor
  • Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation 
  • Completion 2019
  • 26,000 GSF / 2,415 GSM
  • LEED Gold 

While the Statue of Liberty remains New York’s most iconic monument, the museum housed in its base had long proved inadequate for the thousands who visit each day. The new Statue of Liberty Museum, envisioned as an extension of the island’s landscape in Liberty Park, is accessible to millions of new visitors without restrictive security clearances.

The museum’s angular forms and spaces are shaped by expansive views and the irregularity of the water’s edge. Materials native to the Island and used in the original construction of the Statue of Liberty and Fort Wood, including granite, bronze, plaster, and a variety of native vegetation, enrich the interior and exterior spaces.

The biggest addition to Liberty Island since the Statue itself, the museum conveys the history and inspiring message of Lady Liberty to a new generation of visitors. The museum’s defining gesture is the lifting of the park itself, which creates a new, naturalized habitat in place of a traditional building.

Vista from the roof of the Statue of Liberty Museum, giving a new perspective of Lady Liberty. Merging landscape and building, the museum’s roof is planted with native meadow grasses that create a natural habitat for local and migrating birds. The museum anchors the formal pedestrian mall and extends up to and on top of its structure by way of monumental granite steps, which culminate in sweeping, panoramic views of the Lady Liberty, lower Manhattan, and all of New York Harbor.

The Statue of Liberty museum experience culminates in a moment of reflection and celebration, where visitors consider their own views of Liberty and role in its ongoing story against the backdrop of the historic original torch, Lady Liberty herself and the New York city skyline.

Photography by Iwan Baan & David Sundberg/Esto.

Awards

  • 2020 Building Design+Construction Building Team Awards, Gold Award
  • 2020 The Plan Award, Culture, Finalist
  • 2020 ULI New York Awards for Excellence, Institutional Development, Finalist
  • 2020 The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, International Architecture Award
  • 2020 NYCxDESIGN Award, NYC’s Shining Moment
  • 2020 NYCxDESIGN Award, Exhibition/Installation, Honoree
  • 2020 ACEC New York 2020 Engineering Excellence Award, Structural Systems, Platinum Award
  • 2020 Digital Signage Awards, Finalist
  • 2020 ULI New York Awards for Excellence, Institutional Development, Finalist
  • 2020 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards, Special Award: Sustainable Design
  • 2019 TIME magazine, World’s Coolest Places 2019
  • 2019 Curbed New York, NYC’s Best Building of 2019
  • 2019 American Institute of Architects—New York State, Honor Award (Institutional) & Best of the Best
  • 2019 The Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Award
  • 2019 Jersey City Arts Council Annual Awards, Architecture & Design
  • 2019 Engineering News-Record (ENR) New York, Culture/Worship, Award of Merit
  • 2019 Engineering News-Record (ENR) New York, Excellence in Safety, Award of Merit
  • 2019 Drywall & Interior Systems Contractors Association (DISCA) New Jersey, Excellence in Construction Award, Unique Project
  • 2018 American Concrete Institute—New Jersey, 55th Annual NJ Concrete Awards, Green Apple Award
  • 2017 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Award, Unbuilt: Public/Landscape, Honorable Mention
  • 2017 NYCxDESIGN Award, On the Boards
  • 2016 International Design Award, Architecture—Institutional, Silver Award

Do not forget that we will be posting more work by FX Collaborative in the coming weeks and months, so keep an eye out for more of their incredible work!! Every Friday we will be posting a new Featured Company, so join us again next week!

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