Our friends at the Brooklyn-based architecture firm StudiosC, who have, in recent years, undertaken a bevy of adaptive reuse project, have undertaken their latest in the form of the transformation of an neglected Williamsburg loft into a workspace for a boutique law firm. The 3,K SqFt office features abundant natural light and a restored timber-frame ceiling; with the addition of custom furniture, the firm sought to create a meaningful dialogue between design of the past, specifically of the loft, and that of the present: a relaxed, warm-hued environment for a boutique law firm. The addition of a concrete-and-steel roof deck which serves as a gathering place for employees and visitors is connected to the main office by a central corridor. Says StudiosC principal Stephen Conte, “Office design has to transcend just workstations and start to build a sense of comfort and community.” Restoring elements of the original loft was also a method of reducing waste, as well as paying homage to 20th century loft-craftsmanship: the firm sought to incorporate elements of the existing building’s structure wherever possible.
One Hundred East Fifty Third is an extremely slender residential skyscraper in Midtown, designed by our friends at Foster + Partners, rising in close proximity the 1958 Seagram Building of Mies van der Rohe. It stands 63-storeys, contains 94 residential units, and is visually distinctive for its undulant exterior of transparent and white ribbed glass. Foster has also designed the building’s extensive amenities suite, which include a 60′ swimming pool surrounded by distinctive curvilinear windows and screens of slatted oak, of which the latter are also utilized in abutting changing areas which feature rain showers. Black granite figures into the tiling around the pool as well as steps leading down to an abutting lounge, and a staircase links this program to a glassy gymnasium. Additionally, the building’s lobby features a fluted Calacatta marble wall. William T Georgis, principal among our friends at William T Georgis Architect, has designed two setups at the development as well as a pair of model apartments on the building’s 36th floor.
Related Companies have released photos of the 6856′ SqFt penthouse atop 520 West 28th, both designed by our friends at Zaha Hadid Architects; the property features notably a sculptural white staircase and expansive rooftop terrace with views of the High Line. It occupies the top three floors of ZHA’s 11-storey luxury condo and it, the unit, is listed for $50M, making it the most expensive of the 39 condos in the building which was completed earlier this year. The interiors boast floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive views of the High Line park next to which the building stands; there is an open-plan lounge and dining room, as well as a library and five bedrooms spread out across the first two levels. The third is slightly smaller and gives onto the rooftop patio. The palette for the interiors is minimal, offering relief for the centerpiece, a curving white staircase designed by the late Zaha Hadid, who herself led this project.
NYC audio post-production company and recording studio Sonic Union has enlisted the services of our friends at Revamp Interior Design to create a new working home for its team of sound designers, engineers, creative producers, and composers; to do so became necessary when the company grew too big for its original Union Square home. To the origami benches in the company’s new bright blue plywood-clad home, the firm added felt seat cushions and colorful throw pillows, as well as loose seating, tables and carpet tiles, referencing the patterns of the cladding. The space features four studios and three vocal booths; for the wall and ceiling of each of was installed a wall-to-wall stretched fabric acoustical track system. This was a necessary structural feature of the studios due to their function and necessarily constrained the design team in terms of creativity of material intervention; nevertheless, they still managed this, introducing to these spaces a scheme of fuschia plastic film and yellow tiles.
Scottsdale, Arizona’s The Scott, a resort formerly known as Firesky Resort & Spa, has been undergone a large-scale renovation by our friends at AvroKO. Located in that city’s Old Town district, the 190,K SqFt hotel features 204 guest rooms, public areas, three dining options, 14.5,K SqFt of indoor meeting space, and two pools. For the design the team drew inspiration from the modernist architecture of Havana. Through the use of custom furnishings in rattan and wicker, as well as wood accents throughout, the firm created what they call “A mash-up of Bauhaus’ian and Cuban details and layers,” the former influence present in a series of curved brass chandeliers, the latter in the use of amber-colored cane screens in a hexagonal design, used both as accents and partitions. One of three aforementioned dining options, the Canal Club restaurant, features Cuban-inspired cuisine. Additionally the revived resort features tons of plantings as well as paintings and wallpapers depicting tropical scenes.
For this renovation of a two-hundred year-old Georgetown townhouse, a D.C. couple with adult children enlisted the services of our friends at Robert Gurney Architect and Leroy Street Studio. The Federal period townhouse is, in fact, exactly two-hundred years old (1818), and is one of five comprising Cox’s Row, a famous row of houses in the historic district, designed by Colonel John Cox, who would later serve as the mayor of Georgetown: the house extant was characterized by its high-ceilings, which the clients determined would be ideal for displaying their extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. Robert Gurney was enlisted partially due to his experience with the Old Georgetown Board, approval of the project by which is essential to undertaking renovation projects in a protected historic district. Identifying in the existing structure a general lack of connectivity between programs, Gurney and company replaced an insular middle parlor with a steel and wood stair hall connecting the basement level with its gym and media room, to the main living level and master suite.
For this 1,300-SqFt townhouse in the Meatpacking District, our friends at de-spec combined a third-floor studio with a duplex below to create a triplex. In light of that the structure is only 12′ wide, a goal of the team was to improve air quality within and maximize light, but given this compactness a challenge presented itself: the various levels of the newly carved-out space needed to be opened up without disrupting the programmatic layout, which was achieved with a staircase that introduces light into the structure, badly needed on the lowest level which is below grade. The triplex comprises a garden-level living room, master bedroom on the third floor, and a kitchen and dining in the entry level; connecting these is a staircase that cantilevers towards the center of the space. A skylight was added to the front of the third floor revealing a few of trees hanging overhead, redirecting and filtering light down to the lower levels through the aperture created by the uniquely poised staircase.
For the Serafina Beach Hotel, a 65,K SqFt hotel in the Condado district of San Juan, our friends at ICRAVE, working with local firm LA Architects, draws inspiration, as it is being constructed from the continued efforts of Puerto Rico to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, which occurred after the project was designed and underway, but most of the building materials had been delivered prior to the hurricane Had it not been, continued work on the Hotel would have been impossible, and in many respects the project has taken on a new meaning as a symbol of hope for the future of Puerto Rico. The Serafina Beach Hotel will comprise 96 guest rooms with interiors created with a palette colors inspired by local marine life, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
A 1,600 SqFt penthouse high above Christopher Street multi-level rooftop terrace with a *custom made private pool, done up by our friends at TBD Architecture + Design Studio, who also prosecuted a full renovation of the duplex; the terrace also features a hot tub, outdoor shower, and bar. (* Manufactured in Colorado by Diamond Spas, the pool was transported via flatbed and lifted onto the roof by a crane; according Josh Weiselberg, co-founder of TBD, the building, like many of the neighborhood, is a former industrial concern designed to bear heavy loads such as that of manufacturing equipment, which is how it was possible to execute this feat.) Heading downstairs the open plans of the rooms feature concrete floors, white surfaces, and a walnut-clad hallway with a hidden office accessible only when the doors of the master bedroom are secured. Features of the original interior left intact include vaulted concrete arches which are painted white.