May 5, 2020

Center for Fiction recipient of a Green Good Design Award

Green Design


Congratulations to The Center for Fiction and BKSK Architects team a Winner of the 2020 Green Good Design Award by the The Chicago Athenaeum Museum!

We are thrilled that our project has been recognized this year for our three-floor interior design (inside a base building by Dattner Architects) and the sustainable strategies employed to elevate the Center’s new home and ensure it is an enduring addition to the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District neighborhood.

“Sustainable best practices guided the design, materials and furniture selection and support the target of LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors) certification which is expected in 2020. The design vision marries two fundamental ideas to the Center’s mission: honor the historic roots and legacy of service to its members and integrate technology and amenities. This is achieved in a way that welcomes a new diverse audience. It was essential to connect to the community and establish a high-quality “third place” for work, research and inspiration outside the home or office. The architecture inspired by stories celebrates transparency and scale, which is traditional yet of its time, simultaneously grand and intimate. The Center is designed to support and celebrate the art of fiction – of telling stories that connect people.

In addition to tapping into the base building’s sustainable features, the Center incorporates custom locally fabricated furniture, and metalwork, including café tables engraved with literary quotes, a bench made of books and a graphic signage system inspired by bookplates from the Center’s collection.

The Center shared: “The Center’s interior design doesn’t just inspire our members and customers; it’s positively influenced the staff’s productivity and morale. In short, the gorgeous building makes (our staff) want to work harder in our mission to promote storytelling in all forms.” “

Architects: BKSK Architects, New York, New York, United States
Developer: Jonathan Rose Companies, New York, New York, United States
Client:The Center for Fiction. Brooklyn, New York, United States
Photographers: Michelle Rose

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