K&Co + pa|nyc office updates: shot over the course of two days, this timelpase follows Jon Bocksel of Hand Signs as he installs hand lettering on our front entrance, adding a personal touch to our suite number and painting an elegant description to go with our neon signs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.