The June issue of Clem Labine’s Traditional Building magazine includes a profile on each of the winners of this year’s Palladio Awards, the only national awards program honoring traditional design. You may remember that the BKSK-designed Washington Square Park House is one such winner. As a result, Traditional Building’s editor-in-chief Martha McDonald has profiled the building in a piece entitled “A Quiet Park House.”
The profile ends with some thoughts by our own George Schieferdecker: “I think of this building as contemporary as well as traditional. It is free and minimal in form, progressive in its sustainable features, but very distinctly rooted in traditional archetypes.”
Kicking off the “School” section of this year’s Architectural Showcase in Athletic Business magazine is the BKSK-designed Athletics and Wellness Center for Convent of the Sacred Heart. Despite the site’s tight footprint, the 53,000 square foot center features an extensive program that serves the current school community as well as nine other independent schools in CSH’s sports league, the nearby Christo Rey School, and a range of local organizations with fitness programming, such as 92Y and Asphalt Green.
In the initial planning the project, a survey was given to the Convent of the Sacred Heart school community about their expectations for an athletic center. The two most requested elements were competition-sized swimming pool and volleyball/basketball court. Since these spaces require a significant amount of cubic footage, the project team diligently tested all possible orientations for both. A striking truss system was one of many design approaches devised to ensure that both facilities could be included and fully structurally supported.
You can also learn more about the project right here on our site.
The Park House at Washington Square Park graces the cover of this month’s Parks & Rec Business magazine and serves as the key case study in the issue’s feature article, penned by BKSK’s Jennifer Preston. In the piece, Jennifer unpacks the many benefits of biophilic design approaches, specifically in the context of park structures.
“Through thoughtful facilities-planning, design, and maintenance, we can reestablish everyday access to the simple pleasures of nature: a natural breeze, a view of open sky, the cyclical metamorphosis of native plantings. In urban and suburban contexts, where the majority of human-made environments are far removed from the beneficial wilds of nature, a biophilic approach becomes a restorative one, for parks employees and the public alike,” Jennifer reminds us.