July 24, 2017
Award-Winning Brick at The Jefferson
We are proud to announce that The Jefferson has been awarded a 2017 Brick in Architecture Gold Award in the Residential – Multi-Family category, for its unique and thoughtful brickwork in New York’s East Village. To learn more about the project, read the full award-winning submission after the jump. Read More
July 14, 2017
529 Broadway “On the Forefront of Storefronts”
In his recent New York Magazine piece titled On the Forefront of Storefronts, Justin Davidson states that “every new structure in New York is a negotiation with the past,” which makes his recognition of 529 Broadway as “one of the finest commercial buildings in recent years” all the more meaningful to us. Pick up a copy of NY Magazine today (p.86) or read more online nym.ag/2umUo9K
July 10, 2017
Architizer Recognizes “Daring Adaptive Reuse”
Our innovative contemporary dome for Tammany Hall was one of 8 projects worldwide highlighted by Architizer in their recent feature titled Second Time Around: 8 Daring Adaptive Reuse Projects. We are honored to be in the only unbuilt project in such great company! Read more about these exciting projects here.
May 23, 2017
One Vandam featured in Marie Claire Maison Italia
Originally published this April in print (in Italy) and republished today online, Marie Claire Maison Italia featured a “New York Stories” multi-page spread of the One Vandam Penthouse Interiors by Studio DB.
The article and accompanying photographs focus primarily on the interior design work and carefully selected decor by Studio DB, capturing the warmth, energy, materials, and color of the space. At the same time, the writer expresses an acute appreciation for the architectural design, emphasizing the natural light and spectacular views made possible by the”immense glass windows” of the “elegant trapezoidal skyscraper designed by BKSK Architects, which reaches for the stars.”
May 15, 2017
AIA Brooklyn + Queens honors Olmsted Center
AIA Brooklyn + Queens, in collaboration with AIA Staten Island and AIA Bronx, honored our Olmsted Center Annex with a 2017 AIA Brooklyn+Queens Design Award (BQDA) Award of Excellence in the Additions/Renovations category. Located in the heart of Flushing Meadows – Corona Park in Queens, the Olmsted Center Annex was completed in 2014 as Phase I of an expansion and renovation project providing additional program space for the Capital Projects Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Situated four feet below the FEMA 100-year flood plain, and targeting LEED Gold certification, both phases of this project provided unique opportunities for the use of innovative, pioneering sustainability strategies.
In conjunction with the Design Awards, BQDA has open voting for People’s Choice Awards, now through 6pm on Friday 5/19. Please click here to vote for Olmsted Center Annex. (UPDATE: Olmsted Center Annex won the People’s Choice Award in the Additions/Renovations Category!)
Congratulations to the project team for their award-winning work!
May 4, 2017
Retrofit = Preservation + Sustainability
At BKSK, we specialize in Preservation+ Sustainability, so the topic of sustainable retrofitting is of particular interest to us. We believe that history, context, and the environment possess inherent value, and newer isn’t always better.
This week, BKSK Partner Julie Nelson penned a piece for Urban Green titled “Don’t Throw Away Our Buildings!” recapping the results of a study using the UN campus renovation project to make the case for retrofitting existing structures as a more sustainable alternative to replacing them.
Julie’s post references a new study led by Michael Adlerstein, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director for the UN Capital Master Plan, and prepared by Vidaris, Inc. with Syska Hennessy Group, which analyzed the renovation of the UN Campus. The report focused both on the innovative sustainable solutions, and perhaps as importantly, on the comparative analysis of embodied and operational carbon emission that allowed them to assess the impact of these strategies over time. The findings of the report, presented at last week’s UN HQ Report: The Carbon Case for Retrofits at Urban Green, confirmed what many architects and preservationists have been trying to prove for years – that existing buildings have embodied value in terms of carbon and energy that would take decades to recoup. The potential impact of this project and study are significant for the future of preservation and sustainable development.
“More than just preserving an important cultural landmark, the renovation provided an opportunity for the UN to demonstrate to the world their commitment to addressing climate change by using modern building technologies and techniques. This study goes a long way to advocate for a better understanding and accounting of the true cost of demolition and makes a strong case for retrofits and renovations.”
We encourage you to view the Julie’s blog entry in its entirety at Urban Green. (Image courtesy Urban Green)