Quote of Note | Annabelle Selldorf


A rendering of the Sims Metal Management recycling center project in Brooklyn.

“As an architect you always want to learn about new things and discover the possibilities that you have working at different scales. I myself was quite surprised that we were chosen in a limited competition to do this project. In this particular case it is a much larger scope and [the] focus is not specifically about the proportion of interior space but it is more of a master plan sort of thing, so that is very interesting. There are plenty of things to learn and there are new materials like solar panels, and that is a learning process, definitely. It is a great thing to find there [exists] an interest in bringing design considerations to public projects. Heretofore, those kinds of projects were done purely to get the job done with the least expense. It is wonderful to see that there are people out there now who say that a well-designed project brings more to the community than something that just merely fulfills economic considerations.” —Architect Annabelle Selldorf, on the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility, which includes a visitors’ center and administration building that is linked to observation areas in the recycling building with a pedestrian bridge