February 9, 2012
When Richard Meier sent three glass skyscrapers shooting into the sky in New York’s West Village, the Pritzker-winning architect probably did not imagine that of all his work, these residential towers would be the first to inspire a play. To be more specific, Meier’s famously transparent modernist adaptations were seen by writer Jon Marans as the perfect setting and spatial analogy for marriage. Marans stumbled across the buildings on Perry Street and found inspiration for his play “A Raw Space,” but not after disguising himself as a wealthy potential buyer in order to explore Meier’s interiors. As he told Phillyburbs, “They’re raw space apartments, so they’re just concrete with 360 degrees of floor-to-ceiling windows.” He described the apartment as a “giant fish bowl,” pointing to the double edge of owning one of Meier’s “floating kingdoms” while also living life in curtainless open exposure. More after the break.