Mother featured in Esquire

Mother Industries, the quirky yet stylish advertising agency, is a hub for all things creative. Esquire recently profiled Paul Malmstrom, the co-founder, in their recently completed Hell’s Kitchen office. Working with designer Steven Sclaroff, ESKW/A was the architect for the conversion of this former warehouse to fit the office’s needs: flexible spaces, better access to light, and unexpected nooks all harbor the firm’s creative spirit.

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As Esquire notes, the offices “could easily be confused for an art gallery, a museum, a furniture shop and perhaps even a construction site.” We’ll take that as a compliment. Windows from the street look into a casual gathering space leaving the passerby wondering exactly what goes on inside this “office”. The centrally located “kitchen” and the bleachers are all untraditional yet effective spaces for the ad-agency. At the client’s request, we kept the rough-hewn floors to preserve the tactility of the old structure, allowing the new furnishings to create an unexpected found object-type aesthetic – a principle that Mother is known for.

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The central Skylight and the open communication stair is the anchor for the space and projects the ethos of the office. As Malmstrom says, “We wanted to make the building feel open where you could see and hear each other clearly,” and the skylight achieves this. We truly appreciate the talent at Mother and appreciate their aesthetic and creative eye. We especially applaud their long-term goal to have miniature cows grazing on their roof deck. This city needs more cows.

Architect: ESKW/A; General Contractor: Vanguard Construction and Development Co., Inc.; Owner’s Rep: ProjectConsult.

Photos from Esquire. 

Charrette for NHSJ

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Taking advantage of the collective talent and experience of the office, Project Architect Philip Jenkin called for an end-of week design charrette for a new commercial project. The client, Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica (NHSJ), helps prospective homeowners navigate the messy and often predatory mortgage lending world. They also provide local neighborhood homeowners with classes on maintaining their homes.

Our design task is to renovate and vertically expand the existing two story Federal Style office building into a space that will better facilitate the social services offered by NHSJ. As Philip put it, “We are being asked to raise the roof – quite literally.” The improved building will have two additional floors atop the existing building, new egress, new elevator, and reconfigured office space.

Philip asked the office to (1) develop a concept sketch or diagram of what the building might look like; (2) develop a concept sketch or diagram of how the new addition might interact (structurally, visually, spatially etc.) with the existing building; or (3) think about how the unique program of teaching folks how to repair and maintain their homes can be incorporated in to the architecture. It was a great way to stretch design muscles and discuss collaboratively the possibilities of the project.

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Here are a few of the thoughts developed in the process:

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Stand up and face the sun!  I used an A-frame, the universal architectural typology for domesticity — and is also symbolic of NHJS’s mission – for my sketch. In an act of contextual defiance, this simplified geometry was placed atop the existing building, and rotated approximately 20 degrees to obtain optimal solar orientation. The geometry was then clipped and cut to conform to the zoning envelope. The result was a jewel-like, faceted geometry that has been optimized for solar orientation, yet one that is typologically familiar.

Kimberly

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Workshop: I like to look at context first and understand who the neighbors of a building are and how they might play together. It’s important to fit in but still be the new, interesting, fun guy on the block, so I started with a strong reveal separating the addition from the existing building preserving the completeness of the small structure. Since the users of the building will need to know about maintaining specific building materials including masonry, siding, shingled roofs, and operable windows with trim, I thought the new addition could act as a workshop or an example of how these systems work together.

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In the client’s spirit of educating and supporting homeowners in Queens, NY, my proposed design concept for the rooftop addition is to revealliving’ processes via the water wall and the rooftop grasses.

-Rainwater catchment is on full display in the lot line water wall….manifesting as waterfall in the glass cavity.

-Tall native grasses surround the setback addition as a natural, undulating crown atop the existing neoclassical building.

Building and ‘environment’ are intertwined….atop another building.

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Because the mission of the NHSJ seeks to build communities through greater home-ownership transparency, my design focused on reflecting a “new openness.” Opening up the floor space in the offices will allow for more communication and a sense of movement and flow, as well as greater productivity. The “glass box” concept allows for these elements; and, carving up the 4th floor as a mezzanine leads to direct and indirect interaction between floors as well as the interior with the exterior.  There are also sustainability elements, too: green systems like water collection and roof gardens bolster the design.

Annie

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I was interested in the relationship between the old and new building. Looking at the ideas of continuation vs. juxtaposition through precedents, I attempted to develop multiple conceptual strategies/diagrams about how we might go about expressing the old/new building relationship.

Philip and the project team have much to think about as they mine these ideas, and, working with the client, take the project through schematic design.

 

Architect Position Available

Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects LLP is an award-winning downtown architectural firm with a varied practice focusing on public and institutional projects, housing, education and community facilities. Projects are primarily for not-for-profit clients located throughout New York City. See our website for more information about our work: www.edelmansultan.com.

Our 15-person office seeks a motivated, thoughtful, and detail-oriented candidate with a professional degree and 4-5 years of architectural work experience. The successful applicant will take on responsibilities in all project phases, and their professional development will be supported.

AutoCAD proficiency is necessary. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and three-dimensional modeling is also required.

Please email cover letter, resume, work samples and salary requirements to mail@edelmansultan.com. Responses shall include one (1) pdf file with multiple pages (up to 8), no larger than 4mb please.

Settling in at 4380 Bronx Boulevard

We are very pleased that the staff and residents at 4380 Bronx Boulevard, a men’s homeless shelter in the Bronx, are enjoying their building. Project Renewal’s recent blog post gives a tour of their new facility and a sense of the variety of spaces that serve the different needs of the residents: the dorm rooms, the showers, the lobby, and support spaces. (And scroll to the comments!) This former manufacturing building has been transformed with dramatic skylight openings  – required to provide legal light and air but are sculpted in a modern way – that give the dorms a bright, airy feel. We feel that the simple, thoughtful details along with careful floor and finish selection sets the stage for what a shelter can be.

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The BSA Awards Gala

By Kimberly Murphy, AIA, Associate, ESKW/A

On behalf of the entire New Settlement Community Campus team, I was honored to attend the 3rd Annual Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Awards Gala and accept our Citation Award for Educational Facilities Design with my husband Mark Wagner. The sold-out Gala was a wonderful evening of professional camaraderie, as well as a great reason for a mini-trip to Boston. The Gala was held at the Boston InterContinental Hotel with sweeping views of the Boston Harbor and Fort Point Channel. The festive atmosphere was perfect for making connections with other architects working in an urban environment.

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We were able to meet up with former ESKW/A co-workers Janine Sutton and Kelly Kurlbaum and catch up on their professional and personal lives. I was shockingly unable to convince them to leave miserably cold Boston and return to horrendously cold New York, but I will try again in the spring.

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We even managed to fit in a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art by Diller + Scofidio + Renfro which was our first time seeing the impressive building. Unfortunately we were a day too early and missed the Nick Cave exhibit, but the building itself was enough for two architects away from their kids for a day.

It was an honor to be recognized by our peers for design achievement for New Settlement Community Campus.two-images

Gala photos by Ben Gebo, www.bengebo.com

We are hiring a Junior Architect!

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Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects LLP is an award-winning downtown architectural firm with a varied practice focusing on public and institutional projects, housing, education and community facilities. Projects are primarily for not-for-profit clients located throughout New York City. See our website for more information about our work: www.edelmansultan.com.

Our 15-person office seeks a motivated, thoughtful, and detail-oriented candidate with a professional degree and 2-3 years of architectural work experience. The successful applicant will take on responsibilities in all project phases, and their professional development will be supported.

AutoCAD proficiency is necessary. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and three-dimensional modeling is also required.

Please email cover letter, resume, work samples and salary requirements to mail@edelmansultan.com. Responses shall include one (1) pdf file with multiple pages (up to 8), no larger than 4mb please.

Clinton Housing Makes Progress

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Significant steps were made this week toward the creation of 210 affordable housing units in the Clinton Neighborhood (Hell’s Kitchen) a reality. Our long-time client Clinton Housing Development Company, a leader in affordable housing for many years, along with Taconic Investment Partners and Ritterman  Capital, have received overwhelming support from Community Board 4 for the re-zoning and development of three (3) locations which will provide over 200 units of affordable housing along with market-rate housing. Linked to this development are our projects Captain Post and 464 West 25th Street, each of which will provide high-quality, permanent affordable housing as well as tenant amenities in existing pre-war buildings. Captain Post specifically has an historical significance which has qualified the project for NY State Historic Preservation Office’s funding. Construction on both projects is planned to begin this year.

Details of the development and the housing that will be provided can be seen here.