Acoustic Divider, Constructed


One of the last pieces for the office we designed in Paris was installed last week – an undulating partial-height acoustic divider that breaks up one breakout space into 3 smaller, quieter meeting spaces. The office, designed in Collaboration with Atelier 208, was completed over the summer, with a few pieces remaining to be installed.

The photos, by Atelier 208, follow the install of six prefabricated unique pieces, crafted by Rennes-based millworker AMC, and assembled on site over the course of four hours.

The wall adds additional functionality to an already rich space, while limiting distractions to teams located in its proximity. Informal meetings, briefings, and calls can occur in tandem to other work on the floor, while adding a visual focal point at the southern end of the space.

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MP Pool Party, Year 3 Preview

The 3rd annual summer pop up at the Manhattan Park Pool Club on Roosevelt Island will launch next weekend, and preparations are underway:

This year, K&Co and Pliskin Architecture commissioned Gregg V Emery, pictured above, to create the 8,000sf mural that anchors the installation and that will act as a backdrop for the summer pool season. We’ve collected a few of the social media mentions of the mural here, creating a year 3 preview of sorts.

Earlier this week, the K&Co and pa|nyc teams joined Gregg on site on a sunny afternoon to help paint, detail, and squeegee the concrete pool deck, which was captured in the above time lapse.

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Gregg, above with Krista Ninivaggi of K&Co, follows in the footsteps of HOT TEA and Andrew Faris, who created the 1st and 2nd murals, respectively, in the MP Pool Party series.

A New Home for K&Co and pa|nyc

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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.

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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).

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View of the future conference room….

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…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.

Paris Construction Commences

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Work has begun on our new office project in Paris, and quite honestly, we’re excited. The space was designed in collaboration with Atelier 208 in Paris, and once complete, will be the home for the local team of an international technology company. This is will be Pliskin Architecture’s first built project outside of the US, and the Paris construction team is scheduled to complete the space by the end of May 2017.

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Demolition has begun in the space, and old infrastructure is being pulled out of hte access floors across the space to make room for new technology that will cover the space.

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The future site of the reception area is being cleared to make room for a translucent wall that will both feature the latest news regarding the company and its clients, as well as hint at the work being conducted immediately behind it.

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Photos: Atelier 208

Construction Update, Bed-Stuy

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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…then installed in the children’s bathroom, serving as the monochrome base for the colorful subway tiles that surround the bathtub.

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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.

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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

Construction, Accelerated


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.

PROJECT CREDITS

Design – Pliskin Architecture / Lead Designer: James Quick
HVAC – E4P Consulting Engineering
General Contractor – TR Fox Contracting

Bed-Stuy Gut Renovation

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Old retaining walls are still visible in certain locations – adding texture, grit, and contrast to the manicured spaces above.

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And, of course, a site visit is not complete with out viewing through the cracked screen of James‘ phone.

Steel, Wood + Data Cables

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For an upcoming workplace project outside of RDU airport, Pliskin Architecture has teamed up with Bull City Designs (BCD) to develop several custom pieces that will anchor the fit-out of the offices.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Construction Begins Near RDU

RDU Construction
Construction has started on the offices we designed outside of the Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU) in North Carolina. The 14,000sf office for an international technology company is scheduled for completion by the end of July, and will feature a combination of colorful accents and reclaimed industrial artifacts. The work areas will have natural wood work surfaces, and the entire office will have a range of lounge, meeting, and communal spaces to accommodate many different types of interaction between employees.
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The office, designed by Pliskin Architecture with the help of Tina Barnard Designs in Morrisville, will be fully operational this summer and will feature furniture fabricated locally by Bull City Designs in Durham.

Construction Update – CUMC

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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.
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The residential towers are set within two courtyards designed by SCAPE Landscape Architecture and are adjacent to the new Medical and Graduate Education Building by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler.
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Current work on site includes structural concrete and steel programs, which are nearing completion, and recently saw the start of electrical work and ceiling framing.
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Work is scheduled to complete by June of 2016 and in advance of the 2016/2017 academic year.

Tearing it Down to Build it Up


With the help of TR Fox Contracting, construction has started on the gut-renovation and combination of two apartments in Midtown. We have left a tiny GoPro behind to chronicle tearing it down, and the video above provides a first peak behind the scenes. Stay tuned for more updates, both here and on twitter.

PROJECT CREDITS

Design – Pliskin Architecture / Lead Designer: James Quick
HVAC – E4P Consulting Engineering
General Contractor – TR Fox Contracting