Just launched: the video documenting the 3rd year of summer installations dubbed MP Pool Party around a pool on Roosevelt Island. Located as part of the Manhattan Park residential community, the pool has become a key piece of the K&Co and Pliskin Architecture ongoing renovations to the 880-unit rental complex. The 2017 installation features an 8,000sf mural by Gregg V. Emery titled Waves off Roosevelt Island. The video was created by Patrick Mandeville of Divided Line Productions, and captures the transition from last year’s minimalist mural by Andrew Faris to Gregg’s layered interpretation of the over sized canvas, and through to the community’s embrace of the pool, the painting and the furnishing curated by K&Co’s Aaron Levy. The video features the music of Secret Creatures, drone footage by Amy Shell, and additional video footage by Andrea Fuma.
For the recently completed office space for the Parisian team of an international data security company, we embarked on the design and fabrication of a series of custom furniture pieces. The office, situated in La Defense, was designed by Pliskin Architecture and Atelier 208, and the furniture was fabricated by AMC at their facility in Brittany.
The first custom furniture piece visitors encounter is the office’s reception desk, a combination of steel structure and end-grain wood surface, with the company’s logo carved out of the vertical steel spine. Set against an exposed brick wall, salvaged theater seating, and metal drum stools, the oak desk and bright orange supports create a visual focal point for people as they exist the elevators on the floor.
We also created a series of work benches unique to the space. With felt covered acoustic partitions that double as tack boards, the light oak tops and concealed cable management solutions create design that is both striking and functional.
Centrally located in the office, the pantry acts as a activity hub for the office, and to support that, we crafted two large communal gathering opportunities: a 3-tiered stepped seating area, and communal table that allows both table-height and bar-height seating, encouraging employees to use it in various ways.
I spent a few days considering the recent withdrawal of the US Federal Government from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement – a decision that seems short sighted, narrow minded, and potentially catastrophic. However, among the immediate negative connotations, I found great relief in what has promptly followed – the outpouring of responses from world leaders, local government, businesses, and professionals in the building industries, committing to climate accountability at their respective areas of work and jurisdiction. This level of response, resistance, and awareness that the decision has generated has culminated in a resounding call to action, which in the absence of a National commitment, is the next best thing we can hope for.
Thank you Trump. You have provoked an unparalleled wave of support for Paris and determined resolve on climate action. Deeply grateful.
— Christiana Figueres (@CFigueres) June 2, 2017
First and foremost, we are loudly and collectively talking about what Climate Change is, how it will affect us, and what we all can do about – all of which would have largely stayed off the radar of the greater public had the US stayed in this accord: We are now talking about diet (finally), and waste, and personal transport; Cities, tech companies, and even energy companies, are publicly declaring emission reduction goals; Private funds are being leveraged where public money may soon dry out. While it is hard for me to be happy about this very bad decision, I do feel we are nearing a critical mass of understanding and support that will soften the blow of a government guided by short-term special interests, over a long-term cause of far reaching consequences.
So what should we do next? Simply put, we should all do our part until the Federal Government reengages with this topic, which can many forms:
As architects, we must first renew our own commitments to the environment, commit to leading on climate change, and continue engaging our clients in how to minimize the footprint of our projects, while using our projects as educational tools that will help highlight the challenges at hand and the solutions already in play; we then should consider the various avenues for political and community action, such as signing the Architects Advocate Letter to Congress, joining the AIA opposition to the withdrawal, or supporting the US Green Building Council.
On a local level, we can (and should) petition our elected officials to engage with the topic, renew commitments for emission reductions, alternative energy, and sustainable development wherever possible. This has already begun, at the local level, as well as a growing national movement – all of which we should support and encourage.
Last, we keep educating ourselves and those around us. The data is out there, the solutions have been discussed and vetted across the globe, and consequences of ignoring this issue have already started manifesting – we can no longer hide behind what we didn’t know, we must take action based on the concrete knowledge we’ve been able to amass over the last 30 years.
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.