Currently in construction, One Great Jones Alley will offer many unique amenities – including an unexpected main entrance down a NoHo alley. Laid in 1806 as part of a country road called “Cross Lane,” Great Jones Alley has served many New Yorkers in a variety of capacities. Soon, it will be repaved with Belgian block and enclosed with a Corten steel and mesh gate, further elevating residents’ sense of arrival. Renderings of this experience were revealed today in the New York Times, along with a few other views that are also available on the building’s website. Renderings were crafted by MARCH.
American School & University‘s annual architectural portfolio showcases design excellence for both primary and secondary educational institutions. The publication’s 2015 edition features Convent of the Sacred Heart’s Athletics and Wellness Center, with the project falling into the category of “Outstanding Design.”
Several aspects of the design contributed to this recognition. For example, neighborhood-appropriate materials and clever massing ensure that the programmatically dense building fits in with its Upper East Side block, while masonry-driven solidity and underlying classical proportions recall the existing buildings on the school’s historic campus. A host of sustainable design strategies, such as a solar hot water system and a pool dehumidification heat recovery system, contribute to thermal comfort while minimizing nonrenewable resource consumption. In addition, easy access to several of the sustainable systems open students’ eyes to sources of the building’s energy, allowing the LEED Gold registered facility to act as a teaching tool.
“History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that events are knowable and that life has order and direction.” In his coverage of our recently kicked off project for the Center for Fiction, Interiors & Sources’ Christopher Curtland invokes Bill Watterson’s Calvin (of the famous series ‘Calvin and Hobbes’). Curtland continues by sharing that BKSK Architects will be providing another kind of “order and direction” for the Center for Fiction, an organization that is preparing to relocate from midtown Manhattan to the growing Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District.
More specifically, we will be leading the design and interior buildout of the Center’s new headquarters at 280 Ashland Place. The team looks forward to playing a key role in the Center’s evolution into a Brooklyn-based institution, using the headquarters’ design as a vehicle for building a richer community of fiction lovers.
Read the full article in Interiors & Sources here.