Architectural Gems: My NYC Favorites

As an architect with a deep appreciation for innovative design and timeless beauty, I’ve curated a list of my favorite architectural gems in the Big Apple. Join me on a journey through some of NYC’s most remarkable structures, each offering a unique blend of creativity, functionality, and awe-inspiring beauty.

Guggenheim Museum

Designed by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim Museum is a masterpiece of modern architecture. Its distinctive spiral form and organic silhouette make it a true icon of the city. As you ascend its spiraling ramps, you’ll encounter an unparalleled collection of contemporary and modern art, housed within a space that is as breathtaking as the works it contains.

Whitney Museum

Located in the vibrant Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum of American Art is a testament to both artistry and innovation. Renzo Piano’s design seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, offering stunning views of the Hudson River and the city beyond. Inside, visitors can explore a diverse range of American art, from the early 20th century to the present day, all within a light-filled and inviting space. Every Friday night there is an event called ‘’Free Friday Nights’’, where you can enter for free and enjoy the museum’s views at night with a dj set!

Little Island

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, this floating park features undulating pathways, lush gardens, and striking views of the skyline. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city below and reconnect with nature while marveling at the ingenuity of its design.

The Vessel

Rising from the heart of Hudson Yards, The Vessel is a striking feat of contemporary architecture. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, this honeycomb-like structure invites visitors to climb its intricate network of stairs and platforms, offering panoramic views of the surrounding neighborhood. Right now the access is closed to the public but I hope to get to the top one day!

High Line

Transforming a disused railway into a lush urban park, the High Line is a testament to the power of adaptive reuse. Designed by landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations and architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, this elevated greenway winds its way through Manhattan’s West Side, offering a serene escape from the city streets below. With its meandering pathways, native plantings, and thoughtfully designed seating areas, the High Line is a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.

520 W 28th Building by Zaha Hadid Architects

Inspired by the dynamic energy of the nearby High Line, the 520 W 28th Building is a striking addition to Chelsea’s renowned gallery district. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, this luxury condominium building features a distinctive undulating facade that reflects the movement of the surrounding cityscape. Inside, residents enjoy spacious, light-filled interiors that blur the boundaries between art and architecture.

The Seagram Building

Designed by the legendary architect Mies van der Rohe stands as an enduring icon of modernist architecture and corporate design.

One of the most notable features of the Seagram Building is its innovative use of space. Raised on stilts to create a plaza at ground level, the building’s base serves as a public gathering space, inviting pedestrians to pause and appreciate its architectural grandeur. This open plaza concept was revolutionary at the time of its construction, setting a new standard for urban design and public engagement.

Teresa Rodríguez


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