On February 27th, BKSK went before members of the New York City Council, at their invitation, to present design solutions that work toward a carbon-balanced future. Entitled the “Site Sourced and Stored Renewable Energy Conference,” the event was convened by the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection and featured leading voices from a wide cross-section of government agencies, building industries, and environmental advocates.
George Schieferdecker and Jennifer Preston were joined by Michael McGough of BuroHappold in presenting the recently completed Park House at Washington Square, a model for how civic buildings can support the city’s move toward carbon neutrality. A key energy-conscious approach taken with the Park House is ground source heat, part of the project’s site-specific blend of passive design and active sustainable technologies.
Click over to the BKSK Lab to see the presentation in full.
On Tuesday, an impressive crowd gathered in Washington Square Park to cut the ribbon on a multi-year renovation project that preserved some of the park’s most historic features and provided important upgrades, including a new parkhouse designed by BKSK. Needless to say, we are very proud to have contributed to the revitalization of such a lively, public, and historic place. Read more
Just ask noted architecture critic James Gardner, who recently paid a visit to our newly completed park house. In his review of Washington Square Park’s renovation for The Real Deal, “Washington Square Park redo a hit,” Gardner writes that “[o]ne of the best parts of the renovation is a one-story structure, with a parabolic footprint, that interacts masterfully with its newly landscaped surroundings.”
Gardner continues by lauding our “sensitive use of modern architecture, with just a touch of contextualism” and noting how key choices regarding materials and form ensure the building’s integration into the park’s overall setting.
The 3,100 square foot park house consolidates administrative, maintenance and public restroom facilities under one roof. Expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the facility runs almost exclusively off of self-generated energy, due to several sustainable design choices such as the use of photovoltaic panels and ground-source heat. The building’s stone was locally sourced and the wood is reclaimed. Learn more about the park house here.
Washington Square Park celebrates its major renovation, including the new park house, on June 10th.