Metamorphoses of Glenwood Power Plant to BETTER at Glenwood By Hezi Aris
YONKERS, NY – It was Friday last when all the public so inclined came to attend REMI Companies’ founder Erik A. Kaiser’s presentation of the much anticipated plans to rejuvenate the stilled Glenwood Power Plant. The Glenwood project would transform the Power Plant switch house into a contemporary art museum with residential units above. Gone would be the towering chimney stacks that enhanced its unique look; in its place something more. It is called BETTER.
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The BETTER at Glenwood was designed by world renowned architect Will Alsop and founded on principles of excellence envisioned for BETTER at Glenwood by developer Erik Kaiser. "I'm really excited,” said Alsop. “Not only is this my first building in the US but I have the opportunity to build on a river, adjacent to a World class city with a client that is enthusiastic about creating a carbon-free building."
As some in Yonkers mourn the passing of the Glenwood Power Plant, others will delight in the second chance at life the Glenwood project transformation will take "BETTER at Glenwood will serve as a model that will change the character of the Hudson River and elevate the cachet of Yonkers. Yonkers deserves world class architecture and New York's first carbon-free building", said Erik Kaiser of REMI Companies.
The Hudson River Museum was the venue for the presentation. It was comfortably attired, anticipating high attendance. Approximately 75 people came. They relaxed with a glass of wine or a bottle of beer.
The project has seemingly been in development over a three-year period. During that protracted period, not all in Yonkers were permitted access to the impact of its undertaking. Perhaps the developer will recognize to be as open to the entire community of Yonkers as he portends to be to the playful and whimsical styles incorporated in Alsop’s renderings. If this presentation is to be accepted as an initial “outing,” then REMI Companies, and their partners displayed an ingratiating manner, devoid of the confrontational demeanor too often witnessed at such proceedings. Such tactfulness, devoid of any behind the scenes deals, may prove to be worthy of being recognized as “BETTER” all around.
SMC ALSOP is an award winning
architectural firm with offices in London, Toronto, Beijing, Shanghai
and Singapore. Alsop won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize in 2000
and was awarded the 2004 RIBA Worldwide Award and the City of Toronto
Urban Design Award in 2006 for the Toronto OCAD Sharp Centre for Design.
Founded in 1994 by Erik A. Kaiser, REMI Companies are a forward thinking, real estate investment, development and management company.