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July 31, 2015

Making news by making place in two New York parks and beyond

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s Summer Solstice Sunset Soirée.

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s Summer Solstice Sunset Soirée.

Earlier this summer, BKSK gathered with friends and fellow landscape enthusiasts to honor Stephen Byrns, the recipient of this year’s Place Maker Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. FLS is dedicated to fostering an active understanding of the importance of place in people’s lives, a notion that BKSK fully embraces. Read more

July 23, 2015

The Architect’s Newspaper features 2 Lafayette Street

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In the latest issue of The Architect’s Newspaper, Managing Editor Nicole Anderson takes a close look at BKSK’s recently completed design for 2 Lafayette Street. The offices serve “two very critical, yet different New York City agencies,” and despite the inherent complexities of having a variety of stakeholders, our team was able to breathe much-needed fresh air into seven floors of the historic city-owned building.

Dynamic connecting stairs, commanding city views in both individual and common spaces, bold graphics that celebrate each agency’s mission, and increased thermal, visual, and ergonomic comfort are just a few of the features that make this an appealing, community-centered workplace. In Anderson’s words: “with the building’s views of Manhattan’s stately Civic Center and an interesting floor plan, the firm saw opportunity to transform the bleak interiors into a light-infused workspace that facilitated collaboration and connectivity.”

Read the full story online or in the June 3rd print edition of The Architect’s Newspaper. Learn more about the project right here on our website.

July 22, 2015

Team behind sustainable Chelsea condo strikes “Gold”

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After a successful collaboration between BKSK and Anbau on Harsen House, the first residential building on the Upper West Side to achieve LEED certification, the two reunited to craft another high performance, site-specific residential building with exceptional indoor environmental quality. The result is Citizen, a 16-story market-rate condominium at 124 West 23rd Street that earned LEED Gold certification earlier this month.

One of many projects in BKSK’s portfolio to achieve recognition for its environmentally robust design approach, Citizen has received a LEED NC Gold certification, the second highest level of certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council for new construction projects. This designation acknowledges the project’s accomplishments in areas such as improved indoor air quality, reduced energy usage, and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles by both residential and commercial tenants. Learn more about Citizen here.

Congratulations to the full project team on this exciting accomplishment!

July 21, 2015

Join us in exploring organic waste’s part in OneNYC

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One of the Mayor’s OneNYC goals is for the city to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. Interestingly, one of the largest obstacles to achieving this goal is also a potential energy source: organic waste.

On Thursday, July 23rd, the Urban Green Council is hosting an event to discuss strategies for better dealing with organic waste and the opportunities that architects have to lead in this arena. Co-organized by BKSK’s Julie Nelson, the conversation will be led by Kiss + Cathcart’s Clare Mifflin, Foodprint Group’s Christina Grace, and the New York City Department of Sanitation’s Brett Mons.

The event runs from 6-8pm and is being hosted by Mohawk, at 71 West 23rd Street. Visit Urban Green online to register.

July 15, 2015

Joan Krevlin to discuss “The World of Tomorrow, Today”

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On Wednesday July 22nd, join us for a gallery talk by Joan Krevlin entitled “The World of Tomorrow, Today: New projects on three New York World’s Fair Sites.” Presented as part of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum’s exhibition “PERSUASIVE IMAGES: Architecture of the 1939–40 & 1964–65 New York World’s Fairs,” Joan’s talk will explore how a series of new civic projects in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is continuing the legacy of design innovation spurred by the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs.

The gallery talk is free and open to the public. Learn more online or on Facebook.

July 10, 2015

Sacred Heart earns a Silver “Brick in Architecture” Award

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The Brick Industry Association has recognized our design of Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletics & Wellness Center with a Silver Award in this year’s Brick in Architecture awards program, which celebrates architectural projects featuring brick as the predominant exterior building or paving material.

The nature of this project’s program necessitated the building’s uniquely large volumes and limited glazing, in comparison to adjacent structures. As a result, materiality and massing became critical elements for mediating scale in relation to the block. Neighborhood-appropriate building materials (such as brick) and attention to cornice lines (resulting in the building’s top floor being recessed physically and visually from the street edge) helped ensure that the building would be a good neighbor on its Upper East Side block. Learn more about the project here.

Congratulations to the full Sacred Heart team, and to the other winners of the 2015 Brick in Architecture awards!

July 2, 2015

AIA New York State honors Park House with a design citation

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BKSK’s design of the Washington Square Park House has been recognized for the second time this year! Specifically, the 2015 AIA New York State Design Awards Jury has honored the Park House with a Citation for Design.

The new structure houses NYC Parks Department offices, park maintenance systems, and public restrooms. Although it is an important addition to Washington Square Park, one of the project’s most valuable attributes is its inconspicuousness. Learn why by reading about the project here.

Congratulations again to the full Washington Square Park House team, and to the other winners of this year’s AIA New York State Design Awards!