December 4, 2019
Center for Fiction Wins 2019 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Award
The Architect’s Newspaper has announced its 2019 Best of Design Awardees, and the Center for Fiction received an Honorable Mention in the Institutional Interiors category.
We are so proud of the project team, led by BKSK partner Julie Nelson and Director of Interior Design, Gerry Ende. The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the art of fiction. Its new headquarters, relocated from Manhattan to the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, offers 17,000 sf of resource-rich space to literary professionals and enthusiasts. Programming for the space accounts for housing a circulating collection of more than 100,000 fiction titles, a bookstore, auditorium space for educational programming, a writer’s studio, rooms for discussion groups, and administrative support space.
Read more on this year’s winners.
Photo by Michelle Rose Studio.
November 4, 2019
Center for Fiction Receives SARAs National Design Award
BKSK is proud to have received a 2019 SARAs National Design Award of Honor for the Center for Fiction in the Architectural Interiors category.
The Center for Fiction’s new headquarters in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District designed by BKSK offers 17,000 sf of resource-rich space to literary professionals and enthusiasts. Programming included housing a circulating collection of more than 100,000 fiction titles, a bookstore, café, flexible auditorium space, a writer’s studio, expandable rooms for discussion groups, workspaces and administrative support space.
The design vision marries two ideas essential 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 a transparency and scale, that is traditional yet of its time, simultaneously grand and intimate.
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