Just ask noted architecture critic James Gardner, who recently paid a visit to our newly completed park house. In his review of Washington Square Park’s renovation for The Real Deal, “Washington Square Park redo a hit,” Gardner writes that “[o]ne of the best parts of the renovation is a one-story structure, with a parabolic footprint, that interacts masterfully with its newly landscaped surroundings.”
Gardner continues by lauding our “sensitive use of modern architecture, with just a touch of contextualism” and noting how key choices regarding materials and form ensure the building’s integration into the park’s overall setting.
The 3,100 square foot park house consolidates administrative, maintenance and public restroom facilities under one roof. Expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the facility runs almost exclusively off of self-generated energy, due to several sustainable design choices such as the use of photovoltaic panels and ground-source heat. The building’s stone was locally sourced and the wood is reclaimed. Learn more about the park house here.
Washington Square Park celebrates its major renovation, including the new park house, on June 10th.
Saturday at the office? Typically it’s not a prospect anyone would relish, but this past Saturday was no ordinary weekend at the office. BKSK was one of 15 firms that participated in openstudios, an ongoing series by Open House New York that celebrates the architecture community and the neighborhoods around the city that are major hubs of creativity and innovation. openstudios Flatiron District was a chance for the public to go inside the studios and offices of some of the city’s leading architects, designers, and engineers, in order to learn about the building industry and about what’s currently on the boards for New York’s built environment. Read more