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RAFAEL VIÑOLY, FAIA (1944-)

Viñoly was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1964, Viñoly formed the Estudio de Arquitectura (now known as MSGSSS) with Flora Manteola, Ignacio Petchersky, Javier Sánchez Gómez, Josefa Santos, and Justo Solsona. Viñoly’s projects from 1964 to 1978 were done collaboratively with the other architects in the firm producing internationally recognized works including the Buenos Aires TV Production Center. He attended the University of Buenos Aires, receiving a Diploma in Architecture in 1968 and a Master of Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urbanism in 1969.

Viñoly relocated to the US in 1978. He founded Rafael Viñoly Architects in 1983 with offices in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Manchester, Abu Dhabi and Buenos Aires. His first major project in New York was the John Jay College of Criminal Justice completed in 1988. In 1989, he won an international competition to design the Tokyo International Forum, a 1.5-million-square-foot cultural and convention complex. Other projects include Cleveland Museum of Art’s renovation and addition, Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

His wife, Diana Viñoly, is a designer who has done the interiors of several of Viñoly’s projects. In 1999, she founded Diana Viñoly Interiors in New York City. Viñoly once aspired to be a concert pianist and in 2000 he built a music pavilion and home theater on the grounds of his Long Island home, below, to provide a space for recitals. Special thanks to Carie Chesarino for this research.


1964 – The Sierchuk House, Avenida General José de San Martín 940,  Buenos Aires, Argentina. The tile roof continues down as a wall to provide shading. Photos from MSGSSS.


1967 – Unidentified House, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Designed to accommodate client’s request that the residence be without steps. Status unknown. Do you know where it is?


1967 – Unidentified House, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Designed for a well-known Argentine actor. Status unknown. Do you know where it is?


1969 – Casa Oks, La Lucila, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo from MSGSSS. Do you know where it is?


1972 – Unidentified Summer House, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Status unknown. Do you know where it is?


1972 – Unidentified House, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Status unknown. Do you know where it is?


1972 – The Rafael and Diana Viñoly House, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Has been significantly altered. Photos from MSGSSS. Do you know where it is?


1977 – Unidentified Country House, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Status unknown. Do you know where it is?


1985 – Unidentified Summer House at Playa Brava, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Status unknown. Do you know where it is?


1985 – aka Penang House, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Do you know where it is?


1988 – Renovation and Addition, Staten Island NY. Viñoly renovated and expanded a client’s Georgian farmhouse. Do you know where it is?


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1990 – The Alice Lawrence House I, 191 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield CT. Michael Dobbs and David McAdams were the project managers. Featured in Progressive Architecture, May 1991. Viñoly’s design had to incorporate as much of the massive concrete foundations that had already been poured based on a previous architect’s design. Deeded in 2008 to Richard S. Lawrence, Marta Jo Lawrence, and Suzanne Lawrence DeChamplain. Donated in 2010 to Fairfield University. Sold in 2012 to 191 Ridgebury Road LLC. For sale in 2019.


1990 – The Alice Lawrence House II, aka TWA Terminal, 73 Highway Behind the Pond, East Hampton NY. Concrete and steel 17,000 sq. ft. home with a roofline said to resemble the Saarinen TWA terminal at JFK International Airport. A 28 ft. wall sparked a feud with neighbors Lee Radziwill and Herbert Ross, who tried in vain to have the permit revoked. Sold in 2003 to Daniel S. Loeb. Sold in 2006 to 73 Beach Terminal, LLC.


1995 – Apartment Renovation, Fifth Avenue, New York NY. Interior renovation of a pre-war apartment. Changes included modifying the fireplace to a monolithic black marble and converting a guest room into a piano practice and multimedia room. Interior design by Diana Viñoly. Photos from Diana Viñoly.


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1997 – Apartment Renovation, Fifth Avenue, New York NY. Interior renovation of a pre-war apartment overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park. Interior design by Diana Viñoly. Photo from Diana Viñoly.


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1997 – House on Ombú 3078, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Designed to fit a triangular-shaped lot. Addition in 2014 by architects Daniel Silberfarden and Jens Wolter of 1:1BA.


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1997 – The Dennis Alter House, aka Arbor Hill, 7111 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington PA. For sale in 2019.


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1997 – The Rafael and Diana Viñoly Vacation House, 380 Deerfield Road, Water Mill NY. Featured in Custom Builder, January/February 1997.


 

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1999 – The Lewis and Dorothy Cullman House, 11, 15, and 17 Prospect Avenue, Sag Harbor NY. Viñoly renovated three existing houses to create a compound with a main house and two guest houses. Interior design by Diana Viñoly. Sold to Katherine and Luke E. Fichthorn IV. Photos from Diana Viñoly.


2018 – 125 Greenwich Street, New York NY. Residential skyscraper standing at 912 feet with 88 floors and 273 units. Photos from Rafael Viñoly Architects.


2019 – One River Point, 90 Southwest 3rd Street, Miami FL. Mixed-use complex containing a pair of 65-story residential towers. Photo from Rafael Viñoly Architects.


Sources include: ModernaBuenosAires; Viñoly by Rafael Viñoly, Lars Müller, Román Viñoly, and Joan Ockman.