(Good Times)


MP Pool Party, the summer pop up at the Manhattan Park Pool Club on Roosevelt Island, was used as one of the shooting locations for Jamie XX‘s latest video ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’. The song, which features Young Thug and Popcaan, and was directed by Rollo Jackson, was shot over the summer in various locations in NYC and Jamaica. The scenes at the pool, which was designed by K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, heavily features the mural commissioned by the designers for the space, which was painted on the pool deck by street artist HOT TEA.

MP Pool Party Time Lapse


As we prepare to (sadly) bid summer farewell, here’s a look back at the making of MP Pool Party – the summer pop up pool for Manhattan Park in Roosevelt Island. With Design by K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, and a massive mural by HOT TEA, the pool was a huge success, drawing in curious people from all over the city. 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 2015 pool season.

The video , shot over the course of 10 days, documents the work by street artist HOT TEA, with help from the K&Co team, transforming the broken concrete pavement into a festive rainbow mural. The furniture includes simple chaise lounges, colorful Acapulco chairs, colorful hammocks, and bright yellow sunbrellas, was selected to work with the painted deck to complete a playful scene overlooking the Upper East Side just across the East River.

The design for the pool also received a wide range of media interest, from Curbed in NYC, through Wallpaper* in London, to The Iconist in Berlin. Additionally, the client, Roosevelt Island Associates, together with the design team, is currently working on a larger remodel of the outdoor pool area and other public amenities at the 8.5 acre waterfront rental community located on Roosevelt Island, which we hope will continue to make waves in the local real estate market.

Fun with Normals

Here’s a look at some of the fun we’ve been having misusing a few of the render channels you can get out of V-Ray. The render ID channel gives you unique colors for each discrete¬†object, while the normals channel colors objects based on orientation. A bit of overlay photoshop blending, and you end up with some pretty fun images.

15_0827_LOBBY OPT3E V5-Composite

UNTITLED 2

For this last image, we decided to get really psychedelic-tropical and animate it. Its always interesting to find different ways to use the representational techniques at our disposal and play around with our tools every once in a while to test if we can get something different out of them.

Normals