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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Javits Convention Center

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is a 5-block long structure on the west side of Manhattan. Click here for more photos.
NYC was in need of a larger convention center - the Coliseum at Columbus Circle, dating back to 1950, had been outgrown; it was also considered very unattractive and disliked by many New Yorkers. The new center was designed by I.M. Pei & Partners and completed in 1986. It was named for Jacob K. Javits, a New York senator who died the year of the center's completion. The building aspires to be the Crystal Palace of our time. The building is a long assemblage of clear glass rectilinear forms held together with a steel space-frame system. The feel is light and airy, unlike the windowless treatment of many convention centers. The center hosts nearly 100 shows per year; yesterday I attended the annual PhotoPlus Expo - click here for photos. In spite of its mammoth size, the actual exhibition space is considered inadequate for larger trade shows - a new expansion is currently being planned - an increase of 45% along with a hotel, completion due in 2010 ...

7 comments:

Mountainboy said...

Great looking structure, bet it throws some interesting shadows.

Shelly said...

I saw your pic on Daily City Photo and knew it had to be the Javits (been to a few conventions there myself) Great Shot!

Brian said...

Thanks. And isn't it ironic - I wasn't even planning on shooting or carrying a camera through the Photo show but I decided to grab my point and shoot before leaving. So these were shot with my old Canon S400.
Brian

Anonymous said...

I took the bar exam in the Javits Center. Such bad memories.

Nathan Liebgott said...

It's great ! Well, it looks to. It can't been seen totally. But ... yeah, I like this !

Brian said...

The photolinks show more of the structure.
Brian

Tomate Farcie said...

Great shots!! I really like that style of architecture, with a lot of space and glass.

A hotel is probably a good idea because you can never get a cab at the end of the day !