Construction Begins on Phase II

The construction of the second phase of an international software company NYC headquarters is finally under way. Culminating a several weeks of negotiation, Plaza Construction were brought on board as the general contractor for what will hopefully be a 14 week sprint to the finish line.
construction begins
First up – concrete work, final pieces of demolition, and layout. 6000sf of floor has already been polished, and next up are 19 columns that will be subjected to grinding by hand, which will expose the building’s original aggregate mix. We will be updating throughout, so stay tuned for highs and lows from the construction site.”
construction begins

Virtual Reality Test Drive

Not all clients are created equal. Specifically when it comes to visualizing a design before it is built. Plans, sections and other architectural projections describe space in almost clinical terms. 2D renderings, as advanced as they can be, are always flat, and almost always exaggerated – they can be a simplified and optimistic expression of our goals for the space. The combination of technical drawings and pretty renderings tell part of the story, and not all clients can piece together a full understanding of their space.

Virtaul Reality View 1
For the Phase II of the global headquarters of an international software company, we decided to test a new tool to try and bridge that gap. With the help of Kai Liang of KX-L and a Samsung Oculus VR headset, we took the client for a virtual test drive in the physical space. Kai’s team took our model and created 360° views of the entrance spaces and the open offices, which allowed the client to engage with space, furnishing, finishes and lighting, while surrounded by real views through the office windows. 4 different members of the client team tested this out – each reacting differently, and teaching us a thing or two about what our different tools are and aren’t able to communicate to an audience varied in architectural expertise.

Virtual Reality View 2