October 13, 2018
NYC by Foot (or Ferry): Brooklyn Army Terminal
Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) when approached by Ferry in the late afternoon sun puts off a warm glow that cools after you enter and realize this was an embarkation point for troops and supplies during multiple wars, but most heavily used in World War II. Faint signage of destination countries still gives a haunting feeling. Designed by Cass Gilbert, this building complex was built for function, but still has its intrigues and grace – a skylit atrium, staggered balconies, and railroad tracks that run thru the center of BAT B among others. In 1981 NYC purchased the complex and began a phased renovation plan that began in 1984. Now it houses a combination of tenants from traditional manufacturing to garment manufacturing, to small businesses and artist studios. Also taking place at BAT during Open House New York was arts not-for-profit ChaShaMa’s Open Studios, opening up approximately 90 artist studios to the public to visit. Art, architecture, and a lovely ferry ride – not bad for $5.50 and an afternoon.
Visited by BKSK Business Manager, Robin Noble-Zolin
October 4, 2018
Interior Design’s PowerGrid NYC 50
We’re excited to be ranked in Interior Design magazine’s PowerGrid NYC 50, an annual report on top architecture and design firms influencing the city’s changing landscape over the last 18 months. Featured among the projects is BKSK’s 22 Bond Street, (across the street from BKSK’s widely commended 25 Bond). The design is a contextually sensitive, art-inspired residential loft building blending architecture and interiors through contrast and harmony. Read more here
September 6, 2018
BKSK Interiors Making a DIFFArence
BKSK was one of 20+ leading architecture and design firms that created and donated a Broadway-themed picnic basket to Picnic by Design, a fundraising event for the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). The event brings together designers, manufactures, and artists whose picnic baskets are bid on by DIFFA supporters to raise money for the organization’s grant making efforts – helping nonprofit organizations across the country. Our basket design took a cue from the iconic Donna Summer (and the Broadway musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) honoring her legacy with a little bit of glitz, and a whole lot of fun. Proud to support such a worthy cause. Visit www.diffa.org to learn more.
July 31, 2018
Landmarks approves West 13th Street design
Our proposed restoration/renovation/expansion of 405-409 West 13th Street has been approved, with notable praise, by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. This project will introduce another example of intriguing change to the Gansevoort Market Historic District’s longstanding history of adaptation, reuse, expansion and contraction. (Currently, unlike during the 1930’s, for example, the district is in an expansion mode.)
The approval involved a discussion among the commissioners about how a visible rooftop architecture can “stand on its own”, yet offer a sense of dialogue between eras. This is a conversation of great interest to us, and we are so please to be among the few firms addressing the issue with creativity and aplomb!
Our design adds 3 additional floors above a 3-story former warehouse, originally constructed between 1900 and 1910, when it was used as cold storage for meat and poultry purveyors. Designed for Aurora Capital Associates, the vertical expansion will yield an additional 15,500 sf of commercial floor area.
Congratulations to the team!
July 12, 2018
Connections to Civic Life: Welcoming Entrances in Action
The Center for Active Design recently released Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines—a groundbreaking playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building trust and healing divisions in local communities. Sephardic Community Center was featured under the category “Make Public Spaces Welcoming” and BKSK was noted for the renovation and expansions’ successful plaza design which invites residents to make use of the space at the building’s entrance.
June 19, 2018
SARA NY Recognizes 470 Columbus with Merit Award
470 Columbus continues to gain accolades, and was recently recognized with a 2018 Design Award of Merit from SARA NY. Intended to dialogue directly with the Upper West Side district typology, the building’s design drew inspiration from the architectural traditions of sculptural brick and terra cotta details, planes of masonry, and robust cornices. The project is designed to achieve Passive House certification, with exceptional energy efficiency and low energy use requirements.