Brooklyn Museum Plaza by Ennead Architects, Day 14 #30days30spaces

This is Day 14 from our #30days30spaces series on New York City spaces in collaboration with designismymuse.  We are doing this series to celebrate the launch of the  Indiegogo Great Spaces Campaign!

About the Brooklyn Museum Plaza-

Amid the classical proportions of the Brooklyn Museum, a contemporary glass entrance emerges as a successful partnership between the old and the new. (read more & share at greatspacestv.com)

(images via wirednewyork & ennead architects)

New video on the Whitney Museum of Art from the Great Spaces Series- here.


The William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas is bigger than it appears in photographs but not nearly as monumental.  The building, completed in 2004 by Polshek Partnership, is a long, glass box whose back end is firmly anchored along the south bank of the Arkansas River, and whose front end cantilevers over the water.  It has a handsome glass skin overlaid with metal balconies, patios and screens that filter sunlight and views.

The center is, fittingly, friendly and capacious, with a cool, professional sheen.  The exhibits give a rather clinical account of the work and accomplishments of the Clinton administrations.  Al Gore’s accomplishments, which include promoting the internet and educating the world about global warning, are separated into a single, stingy display.  The building is Pure Bill.  Its construction was instrumental in the revitalization of the city’s River Market district.  But it’s sited a distance from the liveliest blocks, sits out of alignment with existing streets and, rather than facing the heart of the city, looks far and high across the river in a hopeful, metaphoric gesture.  And this is also Pure Bill, reaching rhetorical eloquence while stumbling on mundane tasks.

Project Overview: Clinton Library

The Clinton Library (shown below) is rated with the prestigious Platinum rating from LEED. Originally, in 2004 the project received a Silver rating under the new Construction category, but underwent many enhancements to gain the Platinum rating for existing buildings later on. The designer James Polshek planned this153,779 square foot building, and it was the first Federal building to reach a Platinum rating.

The Clinton library is surrounded by a park, and uses environmentally friendly practices throughout the premises. The patrons and employees recycle, use VOC free paint, and they  use water saving methods. You can find more information at clintonlibrary.gov