July 7, 2020
Construction Wrapping Up at 25 Great Jones Street in NoHo – New York YIMBY
Construction is approaching completion at 25 Great Jones Street, aka 22 Bond Street, an 11-story condominium building in NoHo. Designed by BKSK Architects and developed by Second Development Services and Richport Group, the structure contains six residential units with prices starting at $9.8 million, and will include a penthouse that reportedly spans about 4,000 square feet. BKSK Architects is also in charge of the interior design.
Photographs by Tectonic show the state of work at the property, which is located just east of the intersection of Great Jones Street and Lafayette Street. The exterior appears largely complete with the signature rust-colored fins all in place and only minor touches to the ground floor outstanding. Progress has been a little slower on the interiors, as seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Overall, work has moved quite slowly since our last check-in in August 2019, but it’s nice to see that the end of construction is finally closing in.
Original article with additional photos by Tectonic Photo here.
More about this project.
July 1, 2020
Lambaye Learning Center wins STEAM grant!
The State Department has honored our project the Lambaye Learning Center with a grant to fund a new STEAM program.
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“We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the U.S. Embassy in Dakar has awarded Students for Senegal, the maximum allowable grant award to create a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program at the Lambaye Learning Center: The Lambaye Innovation Challenge (LIC).
The Lambaye Innovation Challenge is an innovative cross-cultural program aimed at primary and secondary school students designed to increase access to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education in rural Senegal. Through a yearlong expert-guided workshop series, students will have access to STEAM experts and have the freedom to identify a problem they are passionate about and provided the STEAM resources to attempt an innovative solution.
This program will begin in fall 2020 and run for a full academic year. It will increase the long term capacity of the Lambaye Learning Center to provide educational resources in rural Senegal, as well as serving as a meaningful and impactful educational program for the more than 200 students who will be taking part in it.”
Read more about the Students for Senegal.
May 13, 2020
Two BKSK Projects Unanimously Approved by the LPC
We are thrilled to announce that on Friday May 8th, two of BKSK Architects’ projects, 21 Greenwich Avenue, and 16 East 16th Street were unanimously approved by all eleven Landmarks Preservation Commissioners at the LPC’s first ever virtual Public Meeting.
The 21 Greenwich project is a restoration, plus a vertical and horizontal expansion, of a 3-story historic structure on the southwest corner of Greenwich and W. 10th St. The final development will read as two distinct buildings: a restored 3-story corner building with a setback 4th floor next to an entirely new 5-story infill. They engage in a quiet interplay between an idiosyncratic example of Greenwich Village in the 1840’s and a contemporary interpretation of today’s Greenwich Village. Together, they create a new multi-family dwelling, with full floor apartments a duplex penthouse, and ground floor retail.
16 East 16th Street involves ambitious restoration work in this substantial expansion of a 6-story R. H. Robertson-designed YWCA dormitory from 1891, now being converted to a new boutique hotel. Our restoration work for this project comes in two forms: 1) a faithful re-creation of the sandstone ground floor masonry, entirely removed in the 1950’s, and 2) a leap-of-faith “restoration/interpretation” of Robertson’s original design for a never-realized gabled 7th floor. Behind the historic façade, the new hotel will extend further into the unusually deep site, yet retain key portions of the historic masonry walls and offer guests a sense of both renewal within, and reverence for, the Ladies’ Mile historic district.
Of the 16th Street project Commissioner Fred Bland noted “It’s an intriguing adaptive reuse of this really handsome building….what (BKSK) is undertaking is really magnificent”.
Watch the virtual meeting from May 8th here.
May 5, 2020
Center for Fiction recipient of a Green Good Design Award
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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#GGDA2020 Announcing the 2020 Green Good Design Winners!
Read more: bit.ly/GreenGoodDesign2020
April 10, 2020
Center for Fictions wins (ALA/IIDA) Library Interior Design Award
We are excited to announce that our project The Center for Fiction, in Downtown Brooklyn, is the winner of the American Library Association/ International Interior Design Association (IIDA)(ALA/IIDA) Library Interior Design Award in the Special Libraries – 30,000 sq. ft. and under category. We agree that it is quite a special library, and community resource for New York City.
With several homes in Manhattan and now this new home in Brooklyn, since 1820 the Center has served the public and members as the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. The Center is closed (although you can take advantage of some streaming programming online!) as are all institutions in New York, but when we can once again visit the places we love, this should be on your list!
All winners will be featured on iida.org and published in Contract and American Libraries.
Official press release: https://bit.ly/2yU6N9P