The recently completed 2 Lafayette Street is included in this month’s Interior Design magazine, an issue charmingly titled “New York’s finest.” The article showcases seven renovated and re-imagined floors in the historic city-owned building, which now serve as work space for the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the Department for the Aging (DFTA).
Through a design approach that embraced yet transcended the guidelines of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the Design Excellence program of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), our team delivered a comfortable and community-centered workplace of exceptional quality. As Interior Design writes, “[t]he New York City Department of Design and Construction’s Design Excellence program continues to churn out, well, excellent projects.” We’re very happy to have partnered with DDC on this project, and applaud them (and Interior Design) for having so much DDC work included in this month’s issue.
The Center for Fiction has selected BKSK Architects to lead the design and interior buildout of their new headquarters at 280 Ashland Place, in the heart of the expanding Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. The Center for Fiction’s new 17,000 square foot facility will offer three inviting floors of resource-rich space to literary professionals and enthusiasts alike. A partnership with Doyle Partners, whose expertise includes visual identities and environmental graphics, will reinforce BKSK’s design vision. Read more
Our proposed renovations to the Polhemus Memorial clinic have been unanimously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission! Constructed in 1896-1897, the Beaux-Arts building is located in the Cobble Hill Historic District Extension. The building first served as the home of a hybrid hospital and medical school, founded by Caroline Herriman Polhemus in honor of her late husband. At the time, it was considered a towering medical facility because of the building’s unique 8-story height.
BKSK will be leading the transformation of the brick and limestone building into a 17-unit residential project, whose program differs significantly from the patient rooms, surgical facilities, labs, and auditoriums currently found within. Other major design work for this project will include the relocation of the building core to allow for improved residential layouts and views, the lowering of the top floor’s 6′ high window sills, and the removal of a third-floor pedestrian bridge that currently connects Polhemus Memorial to another building across Amity Street. The latter will include the restoration of original building detail from before the mid-20th century construction of the bridge.
Congratulations to the team!
The way that we protect and celebrate built history is a complex and important topic, and one that is explored in-depth in the latest issue of CLOG, LANDMARK. This is an especially timely publication for New Yorkers, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of New York City’s pioneering Landmarks Law and simultaneously experience a very active period of development, in contrast to recent history. And as our neighborhoods continue to evolve, the landmarking process continues to spur dynamic, even divisive, discussion.
In CLOG’s words, “we must continually decide what is worth keeping. A significant percentage of buildings today—particularly in Western nations—are preserved through imposed guidelines. While there are myriad reasons why a building or site may warrant preservation, being deemed a landmark is one of the most powerful and complicated.”
LANDMARK includes a variety of essays representing a diversity of perspectives on the topic, including that of Harry Kendall. Order your copy of LANDMARK today to read his insights, among others. To speak with Harry about the potential of preservation advocacy to be both ambitious and progressive, or other topics in which he is an expert, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.