I AM OHNY is a campaign we began in late 2011 to highlight and celebrate Open House New York’s diverse community of supporters. Clive Wilkinson is a Los Angeles-based architect. We reached out to Clive this year after reading about the “Superdesk” that he designed for the Manhattan headquarters of The Barbarian Group. As soon as he heard what OHNY Weekend was, he not only agreed to lead a tour of the Superdesk, he also offered up another recent project, GLG’s headquarters on 42nd Street, as a site for the festival.
Thank you, Clive, for working with your clients to open up both of these spaces, and for being such a strong supporter of OHNY Weekend right off the bat!
What do you love most about New York City?
I love the city’s impossible and very welcoming energy—it’s unique amongst the large metropolises of the world.
What is your favorite building and/or neighborhood in the city?
My favorite neighborhood today is the Lower East Side, because of its extraordinary mixture of ordinariness and the exotic. Any journey around it surfaces the weirdest discoveries, both old and new.
What was your most memorable OHNY experience?
Well, I’ve only had one so far, just this year, so it is certainly the most memorable: guiding tours around our two new projects, GLG’s Midtown headquarters and the Barbarian Group’s Chelsea offices [home of the Superdesk].
If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go, and why?
That would have to be Grand Central Station, which seems to be a labyrinthian city unto itself.
OHNY is important to New York City because…
How else can we legally break into the working and living spaces of all of these exotic New Yorker people?
From the Annual OHNY Weekend to its year-round public programs, OHNY offers you opportunities to see the city like you’ve never seen it. With your support, OHNY can continue to open the city to tens of thousands of people throughout the five boroughs, tying us closer to the places, people and stories that make New York the most extraordinary city in the world. Together, we are OHNY.