NYC Starchitects Quiz
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We walk by New York’s iconic buildings every day. But how well do you know the people who designed them? Take our quiz to find out!
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Question 1 of 6
Karim Rashid once designed an alphabet comprised of 54 symbols, one of which he tattoos on his body every year. How many of these tattoos does he currently have?Correct
18. He designed the symbols for a hotel in Athens, Greece.Incorrect
Only 36 tattoos to go!
Question 2 of 6
Starchitect Robert A.M. Stern, of 15 Central Park West fame, only wears light yellow and — sometimes — light blue socks. Whose example does he follow?Correct
Fred Astaire. Roughly 10 years ago, someone told Stern that Astaire only wore those color socks. “I’m no dancer,” Stern said, “but I have always wanted to be Fred Astaire.”Incorrect
He might not have the dance moves, but the starchitect wears the same color socks as dancer Fred Astaire.
Question 3 of 6
Which country is the inspiration for the design and the name of Piet Boon-designed Huys, a condo conversion on Park Avenue South?Correct
The Netherlands. Dutch architect Piet Boon is responsible for the design of the building and it’s being developed by Amsterdam native Lesley Bamberger’s Kroonenberg Groep.Incorrect
Don’t worry, the building doesn’t include a windmill.
Question 4 of 6
Which European starchitect, with offices in both Europe and New York, is working on the design of a new headquarters building for Google’s Mountainview, Calif. campus together with the British Heatherwick Studio?Correct
Bjarke Ingels. Ingels is also designing an 800,000-square-foot building at 625 West 57th Street in cooperation with the Durst Organization.Incorrect
Mountainview is quite a way from the starchitect’s native Denmark.
Question 5 of 6
French starchitect Jean Nouvel recently asked to have his name removed from which of his designs?Correct
The Philharmonie de Paris. The architect has said that the building, as it stands now, is non-compliant with his original design.Incorrect
The architect claims that the building wasn’t quite finished before it opened, against his will.
Question 6 of 6
Baghdad native and London-based starchitect Zaha Hadid was the first woman to win the ____.Correct
The Pritzker Prize. Hadid won in 2004. She won the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.Incorrect
Zaha Hadid was also the first Muslim to win the Pritzker Prize.