open house new york - photo tour

Open House New York (OHNY) is the great annual free event that showcases hundreds of NYC’s architecturally and culturally significant spaces and places, usually not open to the public.

For this year's, citifari organized a unique photo tour that would focus on those places that we don't have access to and that could offer great photo opportunities. The key to a successful day is preparation. We put a schedule together that would cover unique opportunities to learn about, explore and photograph NYC’s built environment. Down to 5 places for the day, we were ready to start at 9am with our cameras, full loads of batteries and memory cards.
We met the courageous ones at 9am at 505 Fifth Avenue. The building was constructed in 2005 by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). Its lobby was accessible for OHNY and welcomed us with its space odyssey look. The 26-story, glass-clad building’s entrance lobby was designed in collaboration with artist James Turrell. The dynamic design turns the space into a three-dimensional light sculpture that continuously transforms itself over the course of the day.

Through the day OHNY staff was helpful to get us the information we needed regarding the spaces, the events and tours that were being organized specifically for the weekend or simply providing guidance and orientation. Our day would take us through an eclectic mix made of a residential building, architect bureau, a fashion incubator, an NGO and a museum. The commonality for all these places was the welcoming atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the participants to describe us the place they love to work or live in.
Specifically, after the 505 Fifth, we visited:
the Ford Foundation,
the Japan Society,
CFDA Fashion Incubator, and
Dattner Architects.

We had to significantly reduce our already lighten agenda to enjoy all the tours and photo opportunities at each of the places. Also our lunch in Korea-town took much longer than planned as we were reviewing each other's pictures and relaxing after the walks through the City.
There is not one specific high point in the day. We enjoyed each and every place. The 505 Fifth for its unique spacey atmosphere; the Ford Foundation for its interior gardens and for its conservation of original carpentry and furniture; the Japan Society both for the organization of the space reminding of Japanese gardens and the current exhibit (Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers); CDFA for the unique concept of fashion incubator but also for the space that provides a versatile environment to 8 carefully selected designers or Dattner for the passion of the architect that was leading our tour and the details in each of their projects.
OHNY was the opportunity to learn more about New York, its history, its future and the mechanisms at play but also to take great photos and have a good time with friends. Next year, citifari will offer its photo tours for the 10th anniversary of OHNY, don't forget to register!