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.
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.
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.
As we prepare to (sadly) bid summer farewell, here’s a look back at the making of MP Pool Party – the summer pop up pool for Manhattan Park in Roosevelt Island. With Design by K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, and a massive mural by HOT TEA, the pool was a huge success, drawing in curious people from all over the city. The project, a temporary installation in an old pool facility on Roosevelt Island in New York City, was completed in time for Memorial Day weekend and the start of the 2015 pool season.
The video , shot over the course of 10 days, documents the work by street artist HOT TEA, with help from the K&Co team, transforming the broken concrete pavement into a festive rainbow mural. The furniture includes simple chaise lounges, colorful Acapulco chairs, colorful hammocks, and bright yellow sunbrellas, was selected to work with the painted deck to complete a playful scene overlooking the Upper East Side just across the East River.
The design for the pool also received a wide range of media interest, from Curbed in NYC, through Wallpaper* in London, to The Iconist in Berlin. Additionally, the client, Roosevelt Island Associates, together with the design team, is currently working on a larger remodel of the outdoor pool area and other public amenities at the 8.5 acre waterfront rental community located on Roosevelt Island, which we hope will continue to make waves in the local real estate market.
For its roundup of 2015’s best summer installations, Wallpaper Magazine surveyed temporary art installations from around the world. We were quite honored that our latest collaboration with K&Co for Manhattan Park’s refreshed pool club was included in this roundup. The summer pop up for this rental community on Roosevelt Island includes art by HOT TEA, colorful furniture, oversized sunbrellas, and is a whimsical intervention for the aging pool club, painting over the cracked concrete deck and attracting new visitors throughout the summer season.
The feature is called “The great outdoors: this summer’s most exhilarating installations” and includes work by Anish Kapoor, Janet Echelman, Santiago Calatrava, and SelgasCano. The pool has attracted quite a lot of press, giving Manhattan Park a big boost in presence, and overall the art, the artist and the design team have had a great reception throughout local and global design outlets.
Few things mark the pulse of New York culture like New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix. Having work featured in it marks relevance or at the very least momentary recognition, floating temporarily above some of the noise. So when our joint work with K&Co and HOTTEA on Roosevelt Island was featured on the Matrix, we were noticeably giddy with excitement. Furthermore – MP Pool Party landed on the matrix in the LowBrow /Brilliant quadrant, which, well, is kind of awesome altogether…
MP Pool Party Lands in the Approval Matrix
Culminating an 8-week design/procurement/execution phase, the revitalized pool opened on Memorial day, and was quick to get noticed. Both social media and local blogs picked up the installation at a quick pace (first posts surfaced before the pool had even been filled), and curious pool goers and art enthusiasts had started frequenting the pool. Open both through seasonal memberships and day passes, the Manhattan Park pool was happy to welcome the new crowds, and this season marked a spike in pool membership, reaffirming the client’s commitment to the overall revitalization of this Roosevelt Island Rental Community.
The first phase of global headquarters of an international technology company is completed, and now has look book. Phase one is the formal space, and houses the company’s board room and the company’s top executives. Working against limited ceiling height on the one hand, and spectacular views on the other, the design uses a light color scheme and indirect lighting to create a neutral foreground to balance the striking backdrop outside of the space.
The photos were taken by Liam Frederick, who flew in from Arizona for the shoot. Over the course of 3 days, Liam, with the help of Travis, Tom, Jenny and myself, scoped out and document every aspect of the space, at different times of day and different levels of occupancy. All in all, 1 pizza, 6 beers and an undisclosed amount of granola bars were consumed during the course of the shoot.
Liam Frederick, tweaking
The photos included here are outtakes from these few days. Ignoring some post-production feats, these are candid shots of the photographer at work, and complete the picture of a long hours spent crafting a photo narrative to match the spatial narrative already in place.
…and it’s a wrap!
With Phase I Completed, stay tuned from construction updates from Phase II!!