PROJECTS Each project is an experiment; a unique investigation using architecture to solve a series of problems presented by the site, the program, and the budget. The following projects are personal ones often done in collaboration with a friend or three. These few do not represent the full scope of ability or entire body of work; they are merely the tip of the iceberg.
STACKED UP: RESIDENTIAL TOWER
Situated at the heart of the Van Vorst Park Historic District, adjacent to Jersey City's most iconic civic building, steps from key transportation hubs and within a few miles of the NY harbor, the corner of the Montgomery and Grove streets is a property with unique potential. The medium density neighborhood characterized by its 3-story 19th century row house perimeter blocks. The most notable exceptions being the Van Vorst park itself, and the freestanding Jersey City city hall. Over the years there has been selective demolition and high-density residential development to keep up with the housing demand, but out of scale with the surroundings and with little or no site specificity. The only stepping stone between the size of these new developments and the row houses is city hall, but as a detached architectural icon, it is being dwarfed rather than bowed to. By utilizing the scale and silhouette of these seemingly disparate typologies to develop the massing for a building which will act as a transitional architecture. The mixed-use development provides much needed commercial space, live/work spaces, high-density eco automated parking, affordable housing, green space, and renewable energy powered building systems. The project sets a new precedent for future developments that will stitch the neighborhood together into a cohesive whole. (IN COLLABORATION WITH MV & DH)
TWISTED: A VERTICAL SHOPPING MALL
For the past 30 years there has been a decrease in mall construction, but an overall increase in consumer shopping. The void is being filled by sprawling outdoor shopping complexes. With a standard 60% parking/40% shopping typology, it is increasingly difficult to build large scale shopping centers in high density areas. Situated on two city blocks west of downtown Austin, TX, this project is an attempt to create a new shopping typology that combines the convenience of drive-up shopping with mall walkability. Two continuous spirals, one for shopping and one for parking, are wrapped together and connected with a series of vertical streets allowing vehicular access between levels. At the hollowed out center of the structure is a series of short circuits in the form of stairs, escalators, and elevators for pedestrians. A recreational park, theatre, and restaurant space complete the roof. (IN COLLABORATION WITH A&R DEMOLITION)
BAR ON BURNET: PRODUCTION STUDIOS
With an incredible amount of overlap emerging among art, music, film, and advertising; the Reel Fx Multimedia Center uses architecture to create a synergy between a diverse mix of programs. The 25,000 sq.ft. structure houses a recording studio, indoor/outdoor music venues, office space, a restaurant, video production facilities, an art gallery and a small theatre. Once a major thoroughfare, Burnet Road in Austin, TX has become a product of suburban sprawl. Massive parking lots divide meager buildings from the signs marking their businesses and offer little visual variety. In a critique of the surroundings, the project extends from the curb to the back of the site as a bar perpendicular to the street. Splitting the east side of Burnet Road at its relative midpoint, the building acts as it's own sign offering two completely separate approaches with the scale of the automobile in mind.
RUTA DEL SOL: RESTAURANT & BAR
New York City features restaurants from around the world. This 1,500 sq. ft. corner space in an existing masonry building on the Upper West Side was the prime location for a new Argentinian restaurant. The space is split into two zones. The front area delineated with porcelain floor tiles, a rift wood bar with colorful tile face and a back lit photograph of the Andes mountains, and an expanse of operable windows that retract fully to connect the diners with the bustle of the sidewalk and provide fresh light & air when the weather is right. The rear area ceiling is lowered with a collection of soft paper drum light fixtures and the surrounding walls are warmed by wood panels and filament lights for an intimate dining experience. (IN COLLABORATION WITH CRAFT LLC)
BARNHOUSE: BEER HALL
The owner of this raw space on the Upper East Side was looking to create an open plan beer hall with rustic charm. A diagonal pattern of raw wood joists were framed at oblique angles on the ceiling to create variety while maintaining an open feel and drawing the eye away from the matte black painted infrastructure above. Communal benches with rift wood cut tops and benches with satin black steel legs fill the room and complement a new divided lite steel glazing system. Filament bulbs are scattered throughout the space like snowflakes that glow in the evening, and the backlit millwork mounted on the wall behind the bar floats like a Donald Judd installation. (IN COLLABORATION WITH CRAFT LLC)
THE CELLAR: SPEAKEASY LOUNGE
Underneath the more populous and communal beer hall lies a dark and cozy cellar perfect for a modern day speakeasy style cocktail lounge. The masonry foundation walls are white washed to brighten up the space, and a central fireplace enclosed in fire-rated glass on three sides is accessed by cozy surround seating. Tom Dixon pendant lights light the main bar, and custom black pipe fitting lights with filament bulbs trace out along the ceiling and down the walls . The stair risers are stenciled with messages suggesting hedonism, and a wood paneled screen divides the bathrooms from the main space. (IN COLLABORATION WITH CRAFT LLC)
K-RESIDENCE: FACADE FACELIFT
This 2-story row house in Greenpoint, Brooklyn received a face lift on two fronts. The existing front masonry facade was encapsulated in white stucco, the window openings reconfigured, new divided lite steel windows added with extruded frame surrounds, and a new front door and small entry awning with lighting was added. The rear facade was completely reconfigured with two large openings to let light in. New divided lite steel windows to match the front were added along with downlights and a rear deck for outdoor dining with a stair for access to the rear yard. A new stockade fence and walking pavers complete the rear yard. (IN COLLABORATION WITH CRAFT LLC)
CITY OF DREAMS: RECYCLED PAVILION
This temporary pavilion was proposed as a centerpiece for the FIGMENT arts festival held annually on Governor's island. With sustainability and easy transport to the island in mind, an oval of sod is relocated vertically over stacks of reusable wood pallets to create a zone for seating and for performance. Triangulated bamboo columns are installed at the four corners to support a nylon mesh canopy carrying recycled umbrellas of various colors. The kit of parts is easily ferried to the island, erected, dismantled, and reused. (IN COLLABORATION WITH AG & DH)
WHITE ON WHITE: APARTMENT RENOVATION
In an effort to help this 1-bedroom railroad apartment in the East Village stand out on the real estate listing websites when it went on sale, a white on white strategy was deployed. With a tight budget, only the essentials were addressed; trim, ceilings, light fixtures, and furniture. All the interior trim was replaced with chunky traditional frames, the ceilings were leveled, the well worn wood floors painted white with a heavy duty oil-based paint, modern globe fixtures installed, and a combination of ikea and custom white wood furniture was added to complete the look. At the time of sale, the buyer negotiated to purchase the unit as is including all the fixtures and furniture.
ESSENTIAL HOMME: MAGAZINE OFFICE
An up and coming fashion magazine rented a 1,200 sq.ft. space in NoHo and needed a chic interior on a budget. The main office was kept as a communal open plan with a large custom work tables from door stock with Herman Miller Eames chairs fronting flat screen Macs and lit by a combination of stainless steel half globes and cove lighting along the existing structure. The Kitchen was outfitted with Ikea cabinets, absolute black countertops, and custom black pipe fitting lights with filament bulbs. A black pipe clothing rack divides the entry lounge area from the main work space for previewing looks and framing the view of the office. (IN COLLABORATION WITH CRAFT LLC)