The 3rd annual summer pop up at the Manhattan Park Pool Club on Roosevelt Island will launch next weekend, and preparations are underway:
With construction underway on our first project in Paris, a pleasant side effect is a growing Parisian Album, assembled of urban moments and snapshots that have been captured throughout our social media feeds.
With construction of the office designed by our NY team with the help of the Parisian crew of Atelier 208 nearing its end, I took a moment and looked through some of the photos that have accumulated on Pliskin Architecture’s Instagram page.
These photos formed a sort of retroactive Parisian Album – moments captured on the streets (and train tracks, and airports) of Paris once onsite meetings wrapped up.
Construction has started on a new office space for the K&Co and Pliskin Architecture teams, in anticipation for the upcoming move of both firms to the Financial District in Lower Manhattan. After several years of growth at the Hudson River Collaborative in Tribeca, we are all ready to excited on the next chapter.
The new office, scheduled for completion next month, was designed as a collective effort by K&Co and pa|nyc, and led by Krista Ninivaggi, K&Co’s founder, design muse, and longtime personal friend of mine (above, checking out the future location for the pantry of the new office space).
View of the future conference room….
…which will face west, with front row seats to the evolving skyline in the Financial District and Battery Park City, with new and old offices and residence constantly get layered on top of each other.
We stopped by our construction site in Bed-Stuy to check in on the gut renovation of a Brooklyn Townhouse, and observed the fruits of several months of accelerated work on site. The work on this turn-of-the-century home has set out to restore it to its glory days, while creating a contemporary residence for a young family, with all the modern-day comforts.
A significant amount of the original woodwork has survived the many iterations of this Bedford-Stuyvesant home, while new herringbone oak flooring was introduced in the parlour floor to replace the a worn-out predecessor and create a unique feel for the new residents.
The existing trims and casings were then stripped of several layers of paint, and a new clean coat was added to accentuate the delicate detailing created by the original crafts person, and that is quintessential to Bed-Stuy town homes of that era.
The bathrooms were all upgraded to meet modern day standards and aesthetics, with special care taken to add unique and durable layer to assure another generation of use in the house. Above, handcrafted cement tiles are ebing sealed in advance of installation…
…then installed in the children’s bathroom, serving as the monochrome base for the colorful subway tiles that surround the bathtub.
Existing floors were preserved and refinished in all the bedrooms, window trims refurbished and refinished, while base trims were replaced with trims custom made for this renovation.
Last, a steel stair was added to connect the parlour level and the private garden, with a platform atop to create an exterior extension to the new kitchen that will serve as a serving station during fair-weather outings.
Pliskin Architecture Team: James Quick, Amy Shell, Thomas Heltzel, Barak Pliskin
General Contractor: Amr Sinada / HiTech Construction & Aluminum Systems Inc
Juno, a ride-sharing startup based in NYC, has recently moved into 1 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Their new space, designed by Pitsou Kedem, Sigal Baranowitz, and Pliskin Architecture, occupies a north-facing suite on one of the highest floor in the new downtown super-tall tower.
The design team, together with photographer David Rahr, was back in the space to document it. We were in luck – we ended up shooting on a crisp day with excellent visibility, affording us the ability to capture the space and one of its most striking features: uninterpreted views to the east, north, west.
The space was designed with the views in mind – limited obstructions, minimalist palette, and open offices and lounges occupying the areas adjacent to the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that surround the suite.
To document the space, David and pa|nyc team followed the sun and shadows across the space, from early morning through sunset and dusk, trying to capture the nuances of a full work day at the Juno space.
Above photos were captured by the design team – stay tuned for the finished photos by David, due to land Mid-February.
Work on the Pliskin Architecture designed apartment combination in Midtown, Manhattan has completed, with finishing touches going in during the last few weeks of 2016. Above is time lapse footage of the last 3 weeks of the year and of the apartment renovation, with lighting, millwork, audio/video equipment, and furniture coming together in the living room to complete the work.
The annual installations at the Manhattan Park pool club, dubbed MP Pool Party, are a finalist in the Outdoor Space category of Interior Design Magazine’s 2016 Best of Year Awards. Designed K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, the annual installation has featured work by HOT TEA and Andrew Faris, which tied into an overall redesign of the pool area, used to attract new audiences to the pool that is part of a growing community on Roosevelt Island. Launched in 2015, the installations run throughout the summer pool season from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and have garnered positive attention from both the real estate market and the local press.
As part of expanding the toolkit of design and communication tools, we recently embarked on another adventure with Liam Frederick, this time with immersive videos. Launching experiments in 360 time lapse videos, we positioned a camera in several locations in a recently completed Pliskin Architecture designed office space in Morrisville, North Carolina. The camera captured moments in the life of the office, as employees had breakfast around the bar in the pantry, and as they took a break from work to slowly fill up the over sized coloring wallpaper.
The videos, shot shortly after a recent photo shoot conducted in the space, are part of an ongoing process to document the spaces and how the company’s employees embrace their new work environment. To fully enjoy these time-lapse videos, make sure to navigate around the shots, look left, right, up, and down, to appreciate the different features of the spaces and their daily use. These will hopefully be added to an ongoing documentation project the company has undertaken to capture a day in the life of their employees.
The tech office we designed just outside of the Raleigh-Durham is the latest to receive the Liam Frederick treatment. Over the course of several long hours, on a beautiful October Saturday, Liam jumped around between work and play spaces, chasing light and capturing several office employees as they fill the spaces with life and energy.
This is Pliskin Architecture’s first project in North Carolina, and the first project outside of New York City since the build out for a Tech Company outside of Washington DC completed in 2014. The project was a collaboration with the Morrisville based Tina Barnard Designs, and features custom furniture by Bull City Designs
The office also features the work of Forrest Jessee, who’s over-sized wall graphics appear throughout the office, adding light, depth, and color to several key communal spaces.
We’ve been closely chronicling the progress for the midtown apartment construction, and observing the faithful crew of TR Fox Contracting as they navigate the sequencing and construction of a gut-renovation and combination of two apartments. We have left a tiny GoPro behind and here are a few scenes from 6 months of construction, accelerated a bit to meet current day attention spans and degrees of impatience.
Construction has started on a gut renovation of a Brooklyn Townhouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant. We’re restoring this turn-of-the-century classic to its glory days, or at least that’s the goal. A lot of the original woodwork has remained in tact, which allows us to create a parlour floor that is true in form to its roots, while still accommodating a state-of-the-art kitchen, new fixtures, and energy-conscious lighting and ventilation.
First comes the uncovering – layers of history immortalized in wall-coverings, paint, and relocated partitions, revealing rich, diverse narratives that occured within the same walls over the course of a century.
Different construction techniques are visible sides by side, with older plaster work on wood slats accompanying light gauge framing, wood framing next to side wall, exposing years of additions and subtractions within the spaces.
Old retaining walls are still visible in certain locations – adding texture, grit, and contrast to the manicured spaces above.
And, of course, a site visit is not complete with out viewing through the cracked screen of James‘ phone.