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January 20, 2017

Green Good Design in Washington Square Park

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Washington Square Park House has received a 2017 Green Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.  The international awards program is aimed to recognize visionary designs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning projects, product, packaging, and graphic design that work toward a healthier global environment. For more information on the program and to view this year’s winners, visit chi-athenaeum.org or europeanarch.eu.

November 28, 2016

Silver and Gold for The Jefferson

Design100Award image uploadThe Jefferson was selected as a Silver Winner in the 2016 New York Design 100 Awards program, which recognizes design excellence in the New York City market. The 115,000-sf multi-family project in New York’s East Village received LEED Gold Certification earlier this year for its unique and holistic approach to sustainable design in an urban setting. This project is considered a successful model of an “urban steward project” as a result of responsible civic and environmental design.

To view the Jefferson’s winning nomination, click here.

November 23, 2016

Park House receives 2016 AIANY COTE Award

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BKSK is both humbled and honored to have  been selected as a recipient of a 2016 AIANY COTE Merit Award for our LEED Platinum Washington Square Park House. The New York Chapter of AIA’s Committee on the Environment established its award program in 2014, seeking to reward design excellence and innovation that achieves socially and environmentally responsible design. The program is based on a rigorous set of qualitative and quantitative criteria – from community engagement, to human comfort & wellness, to specific sustainability metrics for water, energy, and materials.

Click here to learn more about the the AIANY COTE Awards and this year’s winners.

View our award-winning Washington Square Park House portfolio here.

October 17, 2016

Award-winning Parks + Playgrounds

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BKSK has a passion for implementing design excellence in public spaces, in particular parks and playgrounds. From the Kidpower! Playground and Preschool Garden for the New York Hall of Science, to a series of comfort stations across the NYC boroughs for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, to the Minnewaska State Park Visitor’s Center, these projects are carefully designed with sensitivity to the visitors, site, community, and environment.

We are proud to announce that two such BKSK projects were among the honorees of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) 2016 Celebration of Architecture and Design Program. Washington Square Park House received a Design Award of Excellence, and Battery PlayScape received a Design Award of Honor. Congratulations to the project teams!

October 6, 2016

Battery PlayScape receives AAP Honorable Mention

AAP_Battery image uploadBattery PlayScape received an Honorable Mention for Architectural Design / Recreational Architecture in the 2016 inaugural American Architecture Prize (AAP) awards program. AAP celebrates design excellence in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban design on an international level, and we are honored to be among the first projects recognized.

Designed together with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, Battery PlayScape is an intentionally flexible framework that supports open-ended play informed by the local ecology. Learn more about this playful, innovative, and resilient project here.

Congratulations to our entire team of designers and consultants!

September 19, 2016

2 Lafayette honored for Active Design Excellence

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We are excited to announce that 2 Lafayette Street was selected as one of 12 projects worldwide to receive a 2016 Excellence Award from the Center for Active Design. The awards program recognizes research and design projects that promote healthy living through physical activity, mental health, and civic engagement.

The offices at 2 Lafayette Street house the formerly remote divisions of New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Department for the Aging (DFTA). BKSK’s design breathes fresh air into 110,000 square feet across 7 floors of the historic city-owned Court Square Building, which now features 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. Congratulations to our team and consultants for the great work, and to all of the other award winners.

For details the Center for Active Design Excellence awards, click here.

For more information and images of 2 Lafayette, click here.

September 8, 2016

Making the Grade

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Each year, ARCHITECT magazine ranks the top 50 firms in business, sustainability, and design, and this year BKSK is proud to announce that we have been ranked in the 2016 Top 50 Firms in Sustainability. This recognition exemplifies our professional commitment to design buildings that incorporate sustainable design strategies and aim to consume less energy. Congratulations to our team, and especially to the BKSK LAB for continually furthering our research and initiatives in sustainability.

Earlier this summer, BKSK was named to the Building Design + Construction Top 100 Firms, and ranked among the top firms for multi-family residential and green building design.

November 3, 2015

Sacred Heart recognized by American School & University

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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.

Read American School & University’s coverage of our design for Convent of the Sacred Heart here, or learn more about the project right here on our site.

August 14, 2015

Tour the Queens Botanical Garden on “Archtober” 4th

Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor Center and Administration Building, Flushing, New York, BKSK Architects

We’re delighted to share that the BKSK-designed Visitor and Administration Center of the Queens Botanical Garden has been selected as an Archtober “Building of the Day.” The first publicly-funded building in the city to achieve LEED Platinum certification, this 16,000 sf center was conceived as a complement to the natural landscape — not an overt destination in itself, but a backdrop to the garden’s rich topography, flora, fauna, and ongoing seasonal changes.

Sign up today to learn the many lessons that this building has to offer, both architecturally and environmentally, from BKSK’s Joan Krevlin and QBG’s Patty Kleinberg.

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