Few things mark the pulse of New York culture like New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix. Having work featured in it marks relevance or at the very least momentary recognition, floating temporarily above some of the noise. So when our joint work with K&Co and HOTTEA on Roosevelt Island was featured on the Matrix, we were noticeably giddy with excitement. Furthermore – MP Pool Party landed on the matrix in the LowBrow /Brilliant quadrant, which, well, is kind of awesome altogether…
MP Pool Party Lands in the Approval Matrix
Culminating an 8-week design/procurement/execution phase, the revitalized pool opened on Memorial day, and was quick to get noticed. Both social media and local blogs picked up the installation at a quick pace (first posts surfaced before the pool had even been filled), and curious pool goers and art enthusiasts had started frequenting the pool. Open both through seasonal memberships and day passes, the Manhattan Park pool was happy to welcome the new crowds, and this season marked a spike in pool membership, reaffirming the client’s commitment to the overall revitalization of this Roosevelt Island Rental Community.
Pliskin Architecture’s latest collaboration with K&Co was recently covered on Curbed, a New York based real estate and architecture blog. The project, a temporary installation in an old pool facility on Roosevelt Island in New York City, was completed in time for Memorial Day weekend and the start of the pool season.
This Curbed feature covers one piece of a larger phased project. The client, Roosevelt Island Associates, together with of K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, is planning a larger remodel of the outdoor pool area at Manhattan Park, an 8.5 acre waterfront rental community, as well as new designs for the lobbies, hallways, and rental units. In the interim, the design team proposed a temporary, whimsical design installation called “pop-up pool party” that would last for the 2015 pool season. The pop-up pool club will feature new loungers, hammocks, beach-style lifeguard chairs, and other deck furniture, as well as other upgrades – all with an iconic, pop-art feel. Most notably, the redesigned space will feature a pool deck mural by noted street artist and “yarn bomber” HOTTEA. The design team consisted of Krista Ninivaggi, Aaron Levy, Carly Berger, Micah McKelvey, and Barak Pliskin.