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.
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.
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.
Pliskin Architecture’s latest collaboration with K&Co was recently covered on Curbed, a New York based real estate and architecture blog. 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 pool season.
This Curbed feature covers one piece of a larger phased project. The client, Roosevelt Island Associates, together with of K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, is planning a larger remodel of the outdoor pool area at Manhattan Park, an 8.5 acre waterfront rental community, as well as new designs for the lobbies, hallways, and rental units. In the interim, the design team proposed a temporary, whimsical design installation called “pop-up pool party” that would last for the 2015 pool season. The pop-up pool club will feature new loungers, hammocks, beach-style lifeguard chairs, and other deck furniture, as well as other upgrades – all with an iconic, pop-art feel. Most notably, the redesigned space will feature a pool deck mural by noted street artist and “yarn bomber” HOTTEA. The design team consisted of Krista Ninivaggi, Aaron Levy, Carly Berger, Micah McKelvey, and Barak Pliskin.