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.
With only two weeks left to enjoy the pool season at Manhattan Park, we’ve added another way to enjoy this year’s installment of K&Co and Pliskin Architecture’s summer art series, featuring the 2016 mural by Andrew Faris titled Block Party. The video above, by Patrick Mandeville of Divided Line Productions, captures the transition from last year’s mural by HOTTEA to Andrew’s interpretation of the 8,000sf canvas on Roosevelt Island, and through to the placement of the lounge chairs, hammocks, and sun-brellas curated by K&Co’s Aaron Levy.
The video, which includes drone footage by Amy Shell (pictured above with Patrick, working through one of the sequences), was shot over the course of 3 weeks during the lead up to the opening in May of 2016. The video has been featured in the Architect’s Newspaper coverage of MP Pool Party year 2.
Our proposal for a music school in Mevaseret Zion in Israel, that was submitted as part of a design competition in 2016, was recently featured on ArchDaily, a prominent blog that covers architectural news and projects worldwide. The project site for this competition sits at an intersection of built fabric and open terrain, overlooking a scenic valley, and our entry focuses on feathering the transition between built and undisturbed land, by creating a public space that both creates the entrance to the music school and draws the public closer to Har’el Park. This is the first project of Pliskin Architecture to be featured on ArchDaily, and hopefully will lead to further exposure of our conceptual and unbuilt work to date.
The signature piece will be the focal point of the employee break room, visible from most corners of the office, and allowing over 20 people to converge at the same time. Made of raw steel and barely finished ash wood, the table’s unique shape allows for groups of different sizes to congregate for breakfast, lunch, or beer.
A large conference table, pictured above in BCD’s shop, will span 18′ and is structured from an 80 year-old truss from an old water tower in Durham.
The table surface is made of solid heartpine wood, and has raw steel accents, and it will be fully wired to allow for different types of uses, presentations, and training to occur.
For the reception desk, a plywood carcass is wrapped with unfinished steel and 2,500 linear feet of cat6 data cabling, giving the office a pop of color when entering, and making the support engineers on site feel at home.
The summer installations by K&Co and Pliskin Architecture at the Manhattan Park Pool have entered their 2nd year, with the 2016 being launched this past Memorial Day. Like last year, the new installation features an 8,000sf mural with a bright color palette, and will accompany the pools other design elements, ranging from lounge chairs, hammocks, sun-brellas, and more. This year’s mural is by Andrew Faris and is titled Block Party – it uses bright colors that are similar to those in last year’s installation, but re-imagines the pool in Andrew’s unique vocabulary. The mural and the pool have garnered the attention of local blogs and media outlets, including Curbed, Gothamist, Timeout New York, Architectural Digest, and The Architect’s Newspaper.
Work has been progressing on Pliskin Architecture’s renovation of the entrances to two residential towers on the Columbia University Medical Center campus in Washington Heights. The work includes new glass entrances and large metal canopies to create a seamless transition from the education campus to the student and faculty apartments that overlook the Hudson River and The George Washington Bridge.
Proudly rolling out our latest completed space, this time in video format.
The video chronicles the design and construction of a 15,000 sf office space for a technology company in Midtown. Documenting 10 busy months, the video follows an empty space through its design, visualization, construction, furnishing, and move-in of the 2nd phase of the expansion of the company’s global headquarters. The end results, both space and video, are the product of the hard work of a wonderful team and devoted collaborators – special thanks to all who made it possible.
To further our computational capabilities, we’ve added 3D Printing to our arsenal this month, to cap a year of growth and exploration. The Tinkerine Ditto Pro got its run last week, printing the massing model for the Mixed-Use High Rise in Flushing, Queens. Our hope is to employ rapid prototyping to our design process, further expanding our development and communication tools – as our practice evolves, we hope to match it with an increased sense of curiosty and exploration, exploring design concepts with new tools and technology, both digital and physical, further refining our ‘spacecraft’.
To celebrate a fruitful, productive, and fun year, we gathered the designers from K&Co and Pliskin Architecture for an afternoon of pasta making at Haven’s Kitchen. It was first and foremost a holiday celebration, but it also marked 1 year since we moved our operation to the same space in Tribeca, and capping a rewarding period of collaboration on projects across New York City.
The recently completed expansion for an international technology company‘s New York City offices was the focus of a photo shoot by Liam Frederick. With the support of a large cast and crew, the photo shoot spanned 3 days, 2 sunsets, 2089 photos (educated estimate), 12 beers, and 3 pizzas. Some behind the scenes photos from a long weekend of shooting are included here, with the final photos expected in the coming weeks.
All the photos from the 3 days have also been condensed to an 84 second time lapse featured below:
In addition to Liam, special thanks go to Lee Altman, Travis Bunt, Julio Alberto Cedano, Annie Coombs, Thomas Heltzel, Jenny Joe, James Quick, Amy Shell, and Margaret Zyro, who added life to the photos and photo shoot alike.