The #BatteryPlayscape, which broke ground earlier this month, received an American Society of Landscape Architects NY @asla_ny 2020 Design Award! ⁣
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The Playscape is a climate-change resilient playground informed by the local ecology. As children traverse the playground’s 1.5 acres, they will experience a freeing, plant-filled spaciousness that is uncommon for many city-dwellers, and the ecologically-based playspaces can help educate all visitors about the challenges we face in water-front and low lying flood zone areas as the weather patterns change. The park anticipates and accepts nature rather than resisting its effects.⁣
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The project is in collaboration with @thebatterynyc, @starrwhitehouse and @nycparks.⁣
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The #ASLANY Design Awards publicly recognize excellence in the practice of landscape architecture and we are proud to be a recipient along with our team.⁣
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Official press release:⁣
https://bit.ly/2020-aslany-awards⁣
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Read more: ⁣
https://bkskarch.com/2020/03/26/battery-playscape-receives-asla-ny-design-award/
#TammanyTuesday⁣
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NYC might be sort of closed, but the views of the completed Tammany Hall are finally open. ⁣
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Look at that restored facade, ground-floor retail space and the dome! We can't wait until we can suggest that you walk past to admire...⁣
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#constructionupdate #bkskprojects #unionsquarenyc #nyclandmark #adaptivereuse #newbuilding #newlandmark #glassdome #archilovers #nycdesign #archdaily #dezeen #archrecordmag #archpaper #nycarchitecture #nycrealestate #buildingdesign #44unionsquare #tammanyhall #citylandmark #instarchitecture #buildingswow
#ConstructionUpdate at #TammanyHall - the storefronts are revealed!⁣
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#repost • @44unionsquare Retail storefronts are revealed as the final touches are completed on this incredible building. 
#keepmovingforward #tammanyhall #newdevelopments #unionsquarenyc #readinginternational #rdi #bkskprojects #adaptivereuse #unionsquarenyc #commercialarchitecture #archilovers #nycdesign #nycarchitecture #newbuilding #glassdome #glassarchitecture #constructionprogress
We wouldn't mind sheltering in place here!⁣ ⁣

Views from the Penthouse at #470Columbus, our multifamily condominium project on the Upper West Side, designed to meet #PassiveHouse standards, which, amidst all of this managed to top out this week! Check out the American Museum of Natural History @amnh in the distance.⁣ ⁣

All of us at BKSK hope you are healthy, safe and practicing social distancing.⁣
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The next time we see you, we will be in our new office at 230 West 38th Street! Thank you to our teams who are making that move happen today!
Two of our multifamily projects received 2019 #BrickInArchitecture awards- @henryhallnyc and #175W10th⁣! Henry Hall, located in Hudson Yards is a building designed to be of New York; inclusive and welcoming, blending the public and private into a unified whole. Drawing design inspiration from masonry stables and tunnel ventilation towers that remain visible on the area’s fringes, the use of brick was essential to the vision of the project as an expression of a vanishing context in a contemporary language.⁣ ⁣

At 175 W. 10th St in the West Village, the facade's brick frame was laid up in a conventional fashion and the brownstone, metal trim and windows were a single unitized insert panel fabricated off site. The brick is sand molded which offers a an irregularity that brings individuality and character, with a deliberately deep, rich red tone that was chosen to recall the traditional brick of the neighborhood often seen in contrast with brownstone.⁣ ⁣

Congratulations to this year's winners! View the official press release:⁣
http://bit.ly/38UwSSb⁣
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Photos by @raimund.koch
The #Groundbreaking of the #BatteryPlayscape went smoothly - an exciting and inspiring start to the project that will set the bar for resilient playspaces in NYC. BKSK joined @starrwhitehouse, Warrie Price and others from @thebatterynyc, @nycparks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP and other agency leaders, and community members to celebrate the debut of construction!⁣ ⁣

As children traverse the new playground’s 1.5 acres, they will experience a freeing, plant-filled spaciousness that is uncommon for many city-dwellers.⁣ The ecological story begins with The Battery’s location at the prow of Manhattan where the Hudson River meets New York Harbor. Created by successive landfills over several centuries, much of the park, including the playground, is low-lying land, vulnerable to storm surge, high winds, and in-land flooding. The project will tangibly demonstrate how the best practices of resilient design can offer a rich play experience – one that deeply connects children to natural elements and the realities of climate change, while expanding their creative capacity.⁣ ⁣

More info on our website:⁣
bksk.com/work/battery-playscape
We are thrilled to share that the #BatteryPlayscape was featured in @wsj, in anticipation of tomorrow's #groundbreaking ceremony!⁣
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The Battery Playscape is a climate-change resilient playground informed by the local ecology. As children traverse the playground’s 1.5 acres, they will experience a freeing, plant-filled spaciousness that is uncommon for many city-dwellers.⁣
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The project is a collaboration with @thebatterynyc and @starrwhitehouse.⁣
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Full story on our website: ⁣
http://bit.ly/battery-wsj
We can’t wait until Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony! ⁣
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#repost @thebatterynyc 3 DAYS until we break ground on the #BatteryPlayscape! We’re sliding into the homestretch by highlighting some of the new #NYCplayground unique features like giant granite slides for children of all ages and abilities built into the park’s natural sloping landscape⁣
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#thebattery #historicBattery #giantslides #naturalslide #resilientplayground #greendesign #playground #LowerManhattan #NYCgroundbreaking #batteryevents
#ConstructionUpdate - We are moving in two weeks!⁣ ⁣

We've been gearing up to leave our home of 35 years on 25th Street and move up 13 blocks to 230 W 38th Street (16th floor). After March 20th you can find us in our new home which we have been designing and building. Check out some design inspiration, process images c/o @BKSKInteriors and a #tbt #timelapse from the construction process last week. 
We can't wait to welcome you to our new home!⁣ ⁣ ⁣

#bkskarchitects #bkskprojects #bkskinteriors #officemove #diy #interiordesign #nycdesign #archilovers #officeinspo #designinspo #interiors #designprocess #weremoving
We're 35!⁣ ⁣

It's time to celebrate our 35 years of projects, triumphs, awards, staff, partners, clients, collaborators and office dogs.⁣ ⁣

Founded in 1985, BKSK is excited to reflect on the length and breadth of a socially-engaged, contextually-appropriate and environmentally-conscious design practice. Thank you to everyone who has enabled us to explore this mission, and to grow.⁣ ⁣

As a present to ourselves (having been on W. 25th Street all this time) we are moving! After March 20th you will find us at 230 W. 38th Street, 16th Floor. More on that later...⁣ ⁣

Follow us as we share more about our work, look back at the last 35 years, and look forward ...
Two of our #multifamilycondominium projects in #nohonyc are featured in the @nypost - highlighting secret entrances in new NYC buildings.⁣⁣ ⁣
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At #22Bond, we designed a 40-foot-tall #cortensteel gatehouse with mesh screens - creating an arrival sequence in which the gatehouse leads to a landscaped courtyard by @futuregreenstudio and an art-filled corridor.⁣⁣ ⁣
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At #1greatjonesalley, we transformed an unusually deep alley between Broadway and Lafayette at Great Jones Street into a private cobblestone drive with a steel gated entrance that leads to a green wall designed by @tournesol_siteworks @hmwhite_sa.⁣
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Full story:⁣⁣⁣
bit.ly/1greatjones-22bond⁣⁣
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Renderings of #22bond by @blackhaus_studio, renderings of #1greatjonealley by @marchmade⁣
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#bkskarchitects #bkskprojects #hiddenentrance #alley #newbuildingnyc #archilovers #nypost #archnews #archdaily #greenwall #cobblestone #nyccondo #gatehouse #privateentrance
The @lambayelearningcenter in Senegal is open!⁣⁣⁣
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The Center officially opened this week, with a long celebration that went well into the night. It included dancing, singing, poetry and remarkable speeches from the community. ⁣
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We are so proud that the Center is fully operational, already holding classes, and will provide ongoing opportunities to engage with the Village.⁣⁣⁣
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Thank you to our incredible collaborators and team, Amary Seck and @students4senegal @bibiseck @lexihutch @jlp_77 @azoubig⁣⁣
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The 4,000 sf community Library and Learning Center supports educational programs for Lambaye villagers of all ages. It features a two-story reading room, a stage for performances (where the opening ceremony was held), workshop and lecture spaces, a computer lab, a shop, and a flexible central courtyard.⁣⁣⁣
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Read more on our website about the opening and the project here:⁣⁣⁣
https://bkskarch.com/2020/02/21/lambaye-learning-center-opens/
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#TBT Highlights from the #Arabesque opening reception January 23rd! BKSK is a proud sponsor of the exhibition, and it's on view at @storefrontNYC through April 18th.⁣ ⁣

About the artist: Rayyane Tabet lives and works in Beirut. Drawing from experience and self-directed research, Tabet explores stories that offer alternative understandings of major socio-political events through individual narratives. Informed by his training in architecture and sculpture, Tabet’s work investigates paradoxes in the built environment and its history by way of installations that reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance.⁣ ⁣

Arabesque is the third exhibition in Building Cycles, Storefront’s year-long curatorial program that examines building as both a place and a process. Focused on decoration and ornamentation, this exhibition questions existing and historical modes of practice by examining the notions of context and appropriation in our built environment.⁣ ⁣

More on the exhibition: storefrontnews.org/programming/arabesque

At BKSK, we embrace the relationship between art and architecture. Storefront highlighted our project #529Broadway in Soho as an exemplar of the appreciation for ornament and decorative arts. The building recalls an earlier predecessor on the site, the Prescott House, a large 19th-century hotel that was mostly reduced to a two-story taxpayer in 1935. Using state-of-the-art modeling software, our team conceived a terra cotta rain screen and glass curtain wall facade system that transforms a seemingly punched opening masonry building (evoking the old hotel) into a glass curtain wall building reflecting the openness ratio of later cast iron buildings in the district. The terra cotta elements on the Spring Street elevation twist and dematerialize so that the facade culminates in a modern glass curtain wall with terra cotta accents and district-appropriate loft dimensions fronting on Broadway.⁣ ⁣

Read more about #529Broadway in the @nytimes @blake_gopnik: https://nyti.ms/3aDpo8k⁣
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Photos by Zeina Zeitoun
From the @archleague @urbanomnibus interview with the @LenapeCenter co-founders:⁣ ⁣⁣
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Urban Omnibus: What could that civic understanding look like here? You recently worked with the architects of the renovation of Tammany Hall on a new dome for the building.⁣ ⁣⁣
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Hadrien Coumans: Tammany Hall is an example of how an architectural firm has, from the beginning, done everything in the best way to bring out a sense of recognition and place of honoring the original people. I credit Todd Poisson for having led the most thoughtful effort to include the Lenape every step of the way. We’re very happy with the glass turtle dome roof, and it’s rare to have an example in the city of thorough consultation that resulted in something that is really a new landmark. Tammany Hall, as a political organization, did not care for the well-being of the Lenape, and was using a romanticized notion of a chief. It’s exciting to have an architectural firm realize the misappropriation of this name historically, but also see that there is an opportunity to bring in authentic, legitimate voice and representation into the story. That’s more exciting than a monument — that’s actually creating change.⁣ ⁣
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Pictured: the completed #glassdome at #tammanyhall seen from above and another view from the @unsqgreenmarket!⁣
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Link in bio for the full interview.⁣
Our work with the @lenapecenter is featured today in @archleague’s publication @urbanomnibus! The editors spoke with Hadrien Coumans and Joe Baker, the co-founders and co-directors of the Lenape Center about their efforts to bring the original people’s and their culture back home in the 21st century. Check out our concept for a Lenape Center home in Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park. #lenapehoking ⁣#indigenousrights ⁣

Read the full interview, which also highlights our work with the Center on the turtleshell dome at Tammany Hall: ⁣
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bit.ly/Lenape-center-BKSK
We love this #timelapse by @terrainnyc of our 11 Beach Street project and the signature interior terra cotta courtyard facade we designed.

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@terrainnyc Time-lapse at 11 Beach Street central terra-cotta courtyard #breathoffreshair #terrain #terrainnyc #manhattan #landscapearchitecture #courtyard #terracotta #archilovers #lookup #nyc #clouds #tunnelvision  #photooftheday #shadeplants #internalcourtyard #bkskprojects #tribecanyc
#PolhemusMemorial - BKSK led the transformation of this historic teaching hospital in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, originally constructed in 1897, into condominium residences. The nation’s first eight-story “skyscraper” vertical hospital, the Polhemus Memorial Clinic was founded as an extension of a nearby hospital for the impoverished and included a hybrid of medical and educational facilities including two double-height teaching amphitheaters! The clinic’s #BeauxArts brick and limestone home was, and remains, distinctive within a context of townhouse-scale neighboring buildings. ⁣
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The 17-unit adapted residential program, bears no similarity to the range of patient rooms, surgical facilities, labs, and teaching auditoriums previously found within and necessitated radical reconfiguration of every floor. The façade masked contemporary forward-thinking construction systems; the building was designed around two column-free, full-floor, double-height teaching auditoriums – a lecture hall and a clinical hall, with high windowsills. We removed a third-floor mid-20th century pedestrian bridge, built to connect another hospital building across the street, which required the recreation of original building details. We moved floor slabs and hollowed out the center of each floor, while maintaining the perimeter and inserting a core in the empty slot.⁣
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BKSK's interior design is a balance of traditional and contemporary elements maintaining certain salvageable details from the deteriorated building shell at the start of our work. The building’s proposed renovations were unanimously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. ⁣

Photos by @amybarkowphoto 
More info: bksk.com/work/polhemus-memorial
#Sitevisit to #1greatjonesalley - our new multi-family condominium project in Noho. Swipe to see some of our favorite moments, from the lobby and subterranean thermal spa to the private alley entrance. The interior material vocabulary merges the urbane and the gritty in a simple, modern way using stone, wood, ceramics and glass. The alley entrance features naturally oxidizing Corten Steel and a Belgian block cobblestone driveway.
BKSK is a proud sponsor of @storefrontnyc's newest exhibition #Arabesque by Rayyane Tabet. Join us for the opening reception tonight!⁣ ⁣

About the artist: Rayyane Tabet lives and works in Beirut. Drawing from experience and self-directed research, Tabet explores stories that offer alternative understandings of major socio-political events through individual narratives. Informed by his training in architecture and sculpture, Tabet’s work investigates paradoxes in the built environment and its history by way of installations that reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance.⁣ ⁣

At BKSK, we embrace the relationship between art and architecture. Storefront highlighted our project #529Broadway in Soho as an exemplar of the appreciation for ornament and decorative arts. The building recalls an earlier predecessor on the site, the Prescott House, a large 19th-century hotel that was mostly reduced to a two-story taxpayer in 1935. Using state-of-the-art modeling software, our team conceived a terra cotta rain screen and glass curtain wall facade system that transforms a seemingly punched opening masonry building (evoking the old hotel) into a glass curtain wall building reflecting the openness ratio of later cast iron buildings in the district. The terra cotta elements on the Spring Street elevation twist and dematerialize so that the facade culminates in a modern glass curtain wall with terra cotta accents and district-appropriate loft dimensions fronting on Broadway.⁣ ⁣

Read more about our project in this beautiful @nytimes feature by blake_gopnik: https://nyti.ms/3aDpo8k⁣ ⁣

Photos of 529 Broadway by @christopherpaynephoto and @field_condition
Our project, the @queensbotanicalgarden Visitor + Administration Center, NYC’s first #leedplatinum certified public building, is featured in @centerforarch exhibition opening tonight! Please join us for Public Works: Reflecting on 15 Years of Project Excellence for New York City.⁣
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The opening will include presentations about the @nycddc Design Excellence program.⁣ ⁣

Schedule:⁣
6:00-6:30 – Exhibition Viewing⁣
6:30-7:30 – Lecture⁣
7:30-8:00 – Reception⁣ ⁣
Speakers:⁣
Lorraine Grillo, Commissioner⁣
Thomas Foley, Deputy Commissioner, Public Buildings⁣

Michaela Metcalfe, Director, Project Excellence⁣ ⁣
From libraries to firehouses to police precincts, the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) builds and upgrades structures in every part of New York City. As the City’s chief construction manager, the agency delivers high-quality public projects that contribute to a thriving, equitable, sustainable, and resilient city for all New Yorkers.⁣ ⁣

Since 2004, DDC has made a formal commitment to pursue an ambitious public works program in partnership with a diverse group of creative and experienced design and construction professionals. Reflecting on this program over the past 15 years, the exhibition will highlight projects by world-class architects and designers that serve the residents of New York, inspiring pride as lasting community assets. A focused look at selected projects will consider how DDC creates enduring, accessible, and community-oriented spaces that shape the city.⁣
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RSVP: bit.ly/AIANY-publicworks ⁣
To celebrate the start of BKSK's #35thAnniversary year, some highlights from the first week of #2020! It's been an exciting and busy year so far. ⁣⁣
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✨5 new staff joined the BKSK family ⁣⁣
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✨ Toured the glass dome at #TammanyHall in preparation for project completion ⁣⁣
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✨ An exhibition opens later this week (1/16) at @centerforarch: Public Works: Reflecting on 15 Years of Project Excellence for NYC, featuring our project @queensbotanicalgarden visitor & administration center⁣ ⁣
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✨(1/23) @storefrontnyc opens Arabesque Exhibition, the art of Rayyane Tabet and BKSK is a proud sponsor of the show.
January 2020: We are looking for an Architect/ Project Manager with 8-12 years of experience and a passion for high quality design, strong technical capabilities and a positive, collaborative work style.

See the full position description https://bksk.com/careers/architect-project-manager/

Submit resume along with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to bkskcareers@bkskarch.com with “Architect/Project Manager” in the subject line. Please include salary requirements, and availability. Please do not send attachments exceeding 4 MB. No submissions via FTP or posts, and no phone calls, please.
Happy New Year from @bkskarchitects @bkskinteriors. 2020! #BKSK #top9
Check out this fantastic video of the solar thermal installation at 200 East 21st Street on youtube (https://youtu.be/Mp5wtfjqmfl)- our highly sustainable new multifamily project in Gramercy. ⁣
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The 20-story, 67-unit condo features solar arrays that help heat potable water; a rainwater-collection system that irrigates several landscaped “green roof” areas; windows that reduce heat transfer; and an agreement to source any additional electrical needs from an off-site wind farm. ⁣
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Thanks to NJ Renewable Energy for documenting the progress!
BKSK designed the core, shell and interior of 100 Monitor, a new multi-family project in the Lafayette neighborhood of Jersey City. Our interior design draws from the building's brick and #cortensteel facade and is enhanced by #Connemaramarble, brass accents, industrial felt, distressed #reclaimedwood, wallpaper by @porterteleo, and custom artwork.⁣ ⁣

Swipe for a preview of some of our favorite moments inside the new building!
An incredible #timelapse of #tammanyhall captured  by @edificerealestatepartners for this week’s #tammanytuesday!⁣
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What a great way to mark the project’s progress, beginning with the original structure. The steel and glass domed addition recalls a #turtleshell and the Lenape Chief Tamanend, part of the historic symbolic roots of the Tammany political organization which promoted nation-building ideals of the Revolutionary War period.⁣
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The dome has now been completed and we look forward to celebrating soon! Full video here: bit.ly/36m2Aqx
#BehindTheScenes from last week's shoot at #1GreatJonesAlley – with the video team @timetravlrcreative.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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We filmed a conversation between BKSK Partner George Schieferdecker and artist Christine Jetten @studio_christine_jetten, who designed the terra cotta glazes for the facade's fins. Our new building's facade fronting Broadway in the #nohoNYC Historic District features an innovative #terracotta screen that honors the rich terra cotta and cast-iron traditions of its context yet is unabashedly modern. The custom glaze and asymmetrical form of the terra cotta are an expression of modern craft reinventing this historic material.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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We love the opportunity to work alongside talented artists like Christine on our projects and are excited to share the conversation in early 2020 - stay tuned!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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Exterior façade photos by @field_condition
Happy Holidays from BKSK!⁣
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This year, with our in-house expertise from @bkskinteriors, we hosted a dinner party in our future office space. It was a joyful celebration for BKSK friends and family to gather and create memories in our soon-to-be home!