According to FXFowle's website "The basis of FXFOWLE's work is a collective, rigorous exploration of fit and form, driven by ideas about function, place, the form-making process and the role of design in human settlement. Knowledge and understanding of larger community and environmental issues intensifies projects' meaningfulness.".
Over their 35 years, FXFowle has amassed quite an impressive resume. With the completion of countless projects throughout the globe, it is fair to say that FXFowle has left an indelible mark through their recognized postmodern approach to architecture.
FXFowle also specializes in revitalizing existing structures, injecting 21st century expressions into 20th century buildings.
In 2013, FXFowle announced a collaboration with Los Angeles based CO Architects. This joint venture is called CO/FXFOWLE. Both firms will also continue their individual operations.
Keeping with their 21st century approach to architecture, FXFowle is also taking this same approach to their workplace.
In line with such companies as Facebook, EA Sports and Nike, FXFowle has taken to a relaxed workplace environment that strives for creativity and workplace homogeneity.
This has enabled them to design truly one of a kind structures that has garnished international acclaim.
As a result, FXFowle is currently one of the most 'in-demand' architectural firms.
FXFowle has worked on everything from hospitals to residential buildings, schools to metro stations, and everything else in between.
Buildings by FXFowle
Designed by the architectural firm of FXFowle, this building is known for bucking the trend of glass towers that was popular at the time.
Instead, they opted for a terracotta exterior facade that harkened back to the early 20th century and terracotta’s ample use in the commercial buildings built during that time.
Hudson Hill, 462 West 58th Street, New York City, NY
The site of Hudson Hill, formerly a low rise brownstone, rests just off 10th Avenue, squarely between these two pieces of history.
With its highly contemporary appearance and emphasis on modern aesthetic, the building is representative of the changes to the area, an example of the trend towards high-end residential living in the area.
Hudson Hill was designed by architectural firm FXFowle, which designed several notable Manhattan buildings, including Griffin Court on Tenth Avenue and West 54th Street, and the Isis on Second Avenue at 77th Street.
The building was developed by Alchemy Properties and replaced a low rise residential building, prompting curiosity from some locals, who noted the elegance and good condition of the existing apartment complex.
Indigo 21, 125 West 21st Street, New York City, NY
It has a curtain wall facade system made of aluminum and zinc, the building's most distinctive feature that causes this condominium to stand out amid Manhattan's construction boom. The building does so anyway placed next to two brown low-rise buildings.
Unlike many condominiums in the modernist architectural style, Indigo 21 displays a unique exterior of aluminum and zinc instead of glass.
This 13-story mid-rise has a setback on the tenth floor to allow for a roof deck, one of the two landscaped areas available to all residents. The other area is on the second floor and runs the width of the building. The penthouse suites also boast private roof terraces.
Forté, 230 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY
On the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge, Forté is a high rise building of condominium residences offering easy access to Flatbrush Avenue which leads to the Manhattan Bridge and back to the downtown core.
The 30 story building is best known for its striking presence in an area that is largely populated by low rise dwellings.
The 2007 completion was unveiled by developer Clarett Group, and continues to be a well maintained, full service, luxury condominium building.
Two Northside Piers, 47 North 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY Two Northside Piers is a 30 story building containing 270 apartment units, and holds over 4000 square feet of retail space.
The closest to the waterfront of the pair of Northside Piers buildings, Two Northside Piers is part of a 400 foot long waterfront esplanade pier that houses shops, restaurants, and public seating areas.
One of the premiere features of this waterfront is the stainless steel art sculpture named “Crescendo” that was installed to fulfill the esplanade’s design of having a public shade structure.
Created by Williamsburg artist Mark Gibian, the 28 by 16 foot structure sits at the end of the esplanade pier.
The Northside Piers project has contributed substantially to the rapid growth of the neighborhood, and with its unobstructed views of Manhattan from across the East River, Two Northside Piers is hoping to be a sought after address for many years to come.