Construction Update, Bed-Stuy

Bed-Stuy Update
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.

Bed-Stuy Update
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.

Bed-Stuy Update
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.

Bed-Stuy Update
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…

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

Bed-Stuy Update
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.

Bed-Stuy Update
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 Photoshoot

Juno Photoshoot
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.

Juno Photoshoot
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.

Juno Photoshoot
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.

Sunset at yesterday's photoshoot / Juno's offices by @pitsou_kedem_architect, @sigalb74, and #pa_nyc

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Above photos were captured by the design team – stay tuned for the finished photos by David, due to land Mid-February.
Juno Photoshoot

Finishing Touches in Midtown


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.

MP Pool Party – Finalist

finalist
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.

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

gut renovation
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.

ladder wall
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.

plaster on lath
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.

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

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

Construction Update – CUMC

Construction Update CUMC
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.
Construction Update CUMC
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.
Construction Update CUMC
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.
Construction Update CUMC
Work is scheduled to complete by June of 2016 and in advance of the 2016/2017 academic year.

Lights, Camera, Action

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.

FILM CREDITS

Virtual Reality – KX-L
Still Photography – Liam Frederick
Film – Workshopolis

SPACE CREDITS

Architecture – Pliskin Architecture / Project Manager – Travis Bunt; Lead Designer – Tom Heltzel; Design Team: Travis Bunt, John Buonocore, Tom Heltzel, Barak Pliskin, Mat Staudt, Switchaya Yingsree
Associate Designer – Lothan Architects / Dvir Daitch
MEP – AVCON Engineering
Lighting – Megan Pfeffer
Estimating – ELLANA
Graphic Design – Mel Lim Design
General Contractor – Plaza Construction
Furniture – Edge Office

Architects Making Pasta

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.

K&Co + pa|nyc holiday party / cooking class begins

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As with an proper holiday party, we started with wine. This was also the last time the prep area was clean…

@carlyberger rolling in #dough

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First stop for architects making pasta – dough from scratch.

@jkwonpun and @tjmb stretching it while @jnykwon supervises / #holidayparty

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From dense block to long flat sheet.

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Prepping the filling.

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Waiting for water to boil.

@jnykwon @marykatefeld and @aaronthomaslevy posing, @davidjmawhinney photobombing

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Selfie time…

Toasting to a great team, great work, and great food. Happy Holidays!

(Good Times)


MP Pool Party, the summer pop up at the Manhattan Park Pool Club on Roosevelt Island, was used as one of the shooting locations for Jamie XX‘s latest video ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’. The song, which features Young Thug and Popcaan, and was directed by Rollo Jackson, was shot over the summer in various locations in NYC and Jamaica. The scenes at the pool, which was designed by K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, heavily features the mural commissioned by the designers for the space, which was painted on the pool deck by street artist HOT TEA.

MP Pool Party Time Lapse


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.