July 10, 2017
Architecture Gifts Toys

Skyline Chess is a London based company founded by two local designers, Ian Flood and Chris Prosser. Taking iconic architecture from some major cities they reimagined it as pieces on a chessboard. It all started with London’s iconic buildings, and today a kickstarter campaign is fundraising the New York edition. Ian and Chris chose a range of buildings from across the city, some of which capture the essence of the early 1900’s construction boom and the growth of skyscraper architecture. We can recognize the king as the One World Trade Center designed by David Childs (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), 416 meters high and completed in 2012;bishop is the Art Deco Chrysler Building, designed by William Van Allen and built in 1930. The Empire State Building is the queen (design William F. Lamb Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, completed in 1931), Knight is represented by the Flatiron Building (designed by Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root and completed in 1902), the rooks are in the form of the Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Right (1937) and finally the pawns are represented by the typical New York Brownstone houses, clad in a brown Triassic-Jurassi sandstonewhich was once a popular building material.

Skyline Chess, New York edition
Design: Skyline Chess, Ian Flood and Chris Prosser
Year: 2017
Credits: all images via
Crowdfunding campaign can be found here

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