Our friends at Michael K Chen Architecture: MKCA have undertaken a renovation of the interiors of a seven-storey townhouse with two stairwells, and adding new glazing to draw light from a rooftop patio. The footprint of the Neo-Grec building (1879) was expanded to 9,600 SqFt, and it now has five bedrooms; at one point the building was divided into 17 apartments. The office added a stairwell with irregularly shaped edges which extent behind the railings with handrails of thin braided bronze rods—and, among other interventions: an elevator, double-height windows, white surfaces and herringbone floors, as well as contemporary touches.
TPG Architecture has designed a New York office for Associated Press (AP), located in Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’s Brookfield Place. It is made up of three continuous executive floors with a separate dedicated newsroom floor. The New York outpost acts as a satellite for 263 offices in 106 countries. Transparency was embraced as a design theme to reflect the ethos of the AP as a cooperative, unincorporated association of journalists working together to get at the truth behind current events. Our friends at TPG were given a canvas of 172,K SqFt of space on which to work, and charged with the task of creating a workplace “ring as on-brand” for the organization, which was established in 1846, meaning the scheme had to embrace the past of journalistic tradition and the future of news reporting.