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March 17, 2016

New Residences in Greenwich Village Historic District

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The New York Times recently featured BKSK’s new full-floor residences currently under construction at 175 West 10th street. Located in the Greenwich Village Historic District at the intersection of Seventh Avenue South and West 10th Street, the building is a reflection and homage to the unique triangular site upon which it sits. Approved by the LPC in 2014, the design is intended to be new and contemporary, while simultaneously referential to the wonderful character and materials of the Village. BKSK designed the interior spaces as well – to view more of our interior department’s portfolio visit here.

Read the full New York Times article here.

September 9, 2015

Proposed design for Polhemus Memorial approved by LPC

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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!

September 18, 2015

CLOG : LANDMARK features insights from Harry Kendall

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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 bkskinfo@bksk.com.

April 10, 2015

Grafting a vertical expansion onto a Landmark infamous for graft

A rendered view of BKSK's proposed transformation of Tammany Hall, which was approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March 2015.

A rendered view of BKSK’s proposed transformation of Tammany Hall, which was approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March 2015.

The unassuming hipped roof of the former Tammany Hall headquarters on Union Square will soon turn to glass and grow taller with an unconventional shell-like dome, as approved recently—unanimously—by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. BKSK conceived this expansion to be deeply respectful, and expect it to be applauded by many as both reverent and intriguing. As a preservation approach, it is designed to yield unexpected insight about the building’s hidden history. We acknowledge that some members of the preservation community have reservations about the changes proposed and we are keeping the dialogue with them open. That the Commission approved an addition as visible as this to an individual Landmark is special and rare. Read more

March 20, 2015

BKSK included in exhibition honoring NYC’s Landmarks Law

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On Monday, April 20th, the Museum of the City of New York will celebrate the opening of Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks. Organized in celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s pioneering Landmarks Law, Saving Place will feature projects from throughout the city.

To quote the exhibition description, “a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs.” We are proud to share that the BKSK-designed 114-116 Hudson Street is included in the exhibition.

Saving Place runs through September 13th. Learn more about the exhibition here.

March 11, 2015

Landmarks unanimously approves Tammany Hall design

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On March 10, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved BKSK Architects’ revised proposal for Tammany Hall.

At the first hearing for this project, held in November 2014, the Commission recommended additional design study. At yesterday’s hearing, regarding the revised proposal to restore and expand the individually designated Tammany Hall on the northeast corner of Union Square, LPC commissioners offered praises such as “This is a gift to the city.” “Masterful.” and “Calls attention to a cultural icon on the square.” Read more about the hearing at New York YIMBY.

Inquiries about this project may be directed to Marissa Marvelli at mmarvelli[at]bksk.com.