New York, NY - 1,170 SF
This was a renovation of an East Village Jewish Temple, which was converted into residential living. The program called for rearranging the spaces to accommodate multi-levels for work, gathering, and living. The material language uses reclaimed wood to tie the various levels and functions together while giving the open spaces warm qualities while someone is at rest or moving between the levels.
Photos: Nicholas Brinen
Housing Prototype - 1,800 SF
The +SUM House has Net Zero output in terms of energy consumption and utilizes new construction methods to reduce "build time." The main materials are structurally insulated concrete panels, reclaimed lumber, and metal roofing for rainwater collection. The cistern for the harvested water acts as lateral support between the helical foundation augers. The house also has 70% of the roof composed of solar panels with a massive storage battery adjacent to the garage. Strategic openings and apertures allow for optimal ventilation and natural light if oriented correctly. Lastly the house was designed without corridors to save on material costs, increased spatial efficiency, and most important to celebrate an open common space that connects all the other spaces of the house.
Westchester, NY - 4,600 SF
This two story residence was designed for a couple who desired pure spaces that oriented any occupant in the house towards the Hudson River and native tree-tops. The entry (opposite the river) strategically controls openings for access and daylight. The two levels of the house shift horizontally to create internal openings that connect vertical spaces, both visually and physically.
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates - Monchak AD
Photography: Nicholas Brinen
Design Proposal - Lockhart, TX
This proposal memorializes the Battle of Plum Creek in Lockhart, TX where over 80 Comanche Indians were slaughtered by an ambush of Texas Rangers. The undulating landscape of the site is an experiential element that interacts with the intervention of the fallen totems. The totems are cast from light-weight concrete, so that two opposing pieces are actually one piece. The bridge connecting the two sides is buried under a thin layer native grass and supports the path for the visitor. The memorial captures the overwhelming experience of land and adversary with a procession under heavy volumes of stone and shadow. The slices of light symbolize the Comanche that managed to survive the siege.
Harlem, NY - 1,200 SF
Photos coming soon...
Brooklyn, NY - 3,000 SF
A gut renovation for a photographer who wanted to divide the existing unit into a live-work space. The existing (compartmentalized) main level was re-worked to create an open floor plan that united all the spaces around a core of bathrooms and storage. The new stairs descend into two separate lower levels of working. One side for the photography studio and the other side for a music studio.
Photography: Nicholas Brinen
New York, NY- 240 SF
The DOT Street Seats program is a seasonal public space that reclaims portions of New York City’s streets for much needed public space. These public spaces generally include seating and tables for a neighborhood to create an attractive setting for eating, reading, working, meeting a friend, and taking a rest. Parsons School of Constructed Environments teamed up with the DOT to create a proposal that reimagines the standard design. Our design-build “club” comprised of 10 SCE students designed a proposal that provides thoughtful public space at the Northeast corner of 13th Street and 5th Ave. The 40ft x 6ft design incorporates the necessary seating and tables, but goes further to incorporate vegetation, graphic identity, outdoor exhibition space, and solar illumination.
Project Leader & Faculty:
Student Design-Build Team:
Eliza De Haas
New York, NY - 700 SF
Design in Progress...
Design work while at Tom Hurt Architects -- Austin, TX
The project was a renovation of an East Austin meatpacking facility to create the headquarters for Action Figure, an innovative graphic design firm based in Austin, TX.
New York, NY - 8000 SF
Gyro commissioned us to help with the relocation of their London headquarters to New York City. The first issue in this renovation was planning for various types of working conditions and diverse spaces for various types of meetings. The second was to create a sequence of spaces that could display the ever evolving identity of Gyro and their clients. Lastly, the design layout addressed all diverse working conditions without losing any visual contact across the entire office space.
2nd Place -- Competition
The design for the Ward 1 Learning Shed aims to become a "living & functioning landmark" for the community garden. The construction method utilizes reclaimed lumber as the structural frame for a corrugated metal cladding. The corrugated metal serves as a durable and inexpensive skin, which is able to resist harsh weather and everyday wear-and-tear. A helical pier system below ground provides a sturdy foundation, while maintaining flexibility for the structure to be moved if needed. Two main doors open up at the corner, allowing the interior space and exterior deck to become a singular learning space. With the large doors and accessible ramp, the shed can easily accommodate any user and the loading/storage of larger tools.
The design ultimately strives to celebrate the park's community and identity by emphasizing a place for gathering and learning. This process of place-making through building, by its very nature, responds to the distinctive elements that make Delki Dozzi Park unique.
New York, NY -- 2,500 SF
The objective of this installation was to create an environment that collected light and shadow for a public fashion show in New York City. The vertical, back corner of the existing cyclorama held a glacier-like structure that could cast the “runway of light” towards the audience. The facets of this “glacier” also aligned with other illuminated surfaces to create a fulcrum that these volumes of light could radiate from. The structure is formed from interlocking sections of powder coated sheet metal. This enabled the installation to be easily mobile and seek out various locations.
New York, NY - West Village - 560 SF
This project was a design-build renovation of a West Village flat. We wanted to amplify the original wood texture by contrasting it with flat, white surfaces. The intent was to keep these surfaces coplanar, to conceal the functional space(s) and compartments. The kitchen becomes a "functional wall" that presents itself into the public living space, serving more as a bridge between cooking, storage, and gathering.
Design Proposal -- Winnipeg, Canada
This proposal introduces a trail visitor to a space that reflects the context of the Assiniboine River Trail while providing a warm resting place. By mapping and scaling down an imprint of the adjacent riverbed, the space reveals a hidden topography that supports and shapes the volume of the icy trail. Upon entry, a visitor occupies the conceptual “in-between” space that resembles ice. Within this conceptual space of ice, they can rest on the cork-block imprint of the river’s topography. The ceiling (a roof canopy also composed of cork block) is a “cast” imprint of the sitting surface below and gives the visitor a new perspective of the river’s depth. A layer of photo-luminescent paint amplifies the ceiling topography and provides a lantern or beacon during the evening hours. Along with emulating sheets of ice, the polycarbonate walls insulate, stabilize, and allow passive solar gain into the space. The two cork surfaces sandwich and trap the solar gain to create a truly warm space.
NYC City Rack Competition: Top 10 international finalist
Provides visual identity from the street and graphics for the specific
neighborhood. The design utilizes metal forming technology on a single structural shape. Simultaneously, offering the security of conventional "U" racks.
Brooklyn, NY - 1,000 SF
This is the sub level of a live-work space for a photographer in Brooklyn. There are two separate, lower levels of working. One side for the photography studio and the other side for a music studio, which has been acoustically dampened to allow the two spaces to co-exist without disturbance.
Photography: Nicholas Brinen
Homestead, FL- 250 SF
This was a project for an educational farm in Homestead, FL to support their public teaching program. The project utilized “free” cypress lumber reclaimed from a disassembled fence. Solar pathway lights were installed on the south facade to illuminate the space at night. Water is collected from the roof pitch at the north end of the structure. The interior protects and stores the farm’s tractor lawn mower, a utility cart, a small boat, and all their agricultural tools.
Work with the Kasparov Foundation to develop an International Center for Chess. The project will be a place for tournaments, learning, and celebrating the history of Chess.
New York, NY - 1,550 SF
This project was a combination of two existing apartments for a young, but growing family in Chelsea. The rich, historic details and materiality were to be preserved, yet the reconfiguration and stair introduced clean lines to compliment the subtleties of the historic details. The kitchen was expanded to join the living spaces and frame half of the stairway that leads to the private bedroom spaces.
New York, NY -- 800 SF
This was an extremely fun design-build project for an office moving from a very tight space with a budget just as tight, but enough to transform an 800 SF space into a functioning office. Some sweat equity went into building the project ourselves. The entire team (client, contractor, and Lightshed) all swung the hammer at some point during construction.
New York, NY
Design-Build Project with Parsons students to generate a discussion about NYC bicycle infrastructure and support systems. More speculations and builds to come...
"Stratus" comes from the Latin prefix "strato-", meaning "layer." The proximity of this layered structure magnifies cloud coverage and marks public space with dancing shadows and dappled light. From a distance Stratus is perceived as a line or stroke that gradually grows into a generous and ever-shifting canopy for daydreaming.
This shift in scale and proximity allows the familiar object of cloud(s) to appear unfamiliar and fantastical. Stratus utilizes the minimal and simplistic structure of a “flag pole” to support the cloud-like canopy constructed of nylon threads and translucent spheres. The threads fixed atop the pole act as the measuring apparatus to gauge height and density of the sphere cluster. The grouping of these acrylic spheres will subtlety shift due to changing wind patterns, providing a dynamic and responsive public space that performs for visitors.
New York, NY -- 1,250 SF
Our design proposal for a temporary fashion boutique began by re-conceptualizing a simple material: elastic thread. We were interested in exploring the threshold at which a linear element, like thread, begins to take on the properties of a planar surface. This process of transformation, from line to plane, is the very foundation of textile manufacturing. Our proposal seeks to translate this concept into an installation by, in effect, magnifying the detail. Controlling the adjacency and directionality of many, many individual threads would allow us to create surfaces that screen, guide, and encourage visitor interactions.
It is based on the ancient technology of a simple loom, whereby a "warp" layer of thread is stretched across a rigid frame. In this case the elastic thread is to be guided by a system of prefabricated steel scaffolds that can be fully recycled. The planes created by the threads will form screens, shelving, presentation spaces, and fitting rooms for the store.
Homestead, FL - 240 SF
This too was a project for the educational farm in Homestead, FL to support their public teaching program with livestock. Built from reclaimed cypress, this structure provides shelter for the goats and border collie living on the farm. The design allows the structure to be open completely through the north-south axis, while adding overhead enclosure for protection from the elements.
New York, NY -- 1,700 SF
This gut renovation of two penthouse levels in the Gramercy neighborhood of NYC, allowed the BMF group to fill a duplex working loft. Several spatial challenges were resolved by creating private conference spaces, vertical circulation, and a large open studio...all while preserving a vertical openness. The northern skylights also compliment this openness during the day, while a "horizontal" column of lights illuminate the space in the evenings and winter months.
NYC AIDS Memorial Competition -- Finalist
The design proposes an experiential pathway that extends throughout the full length of the site. The upper, ground level of the memorial creates an open park within the neighborhood consisting of native grasses and trees. From either corner of the site, the visitor can descend to a resource center and exhibition space on the lower level. Entering from the 7th Avenue entrance, the visitor has the opportunity to continue forward to the subsurface oculus, the focus of the memorial. The oculus is a stoic space composed of exposed stone strata that envelopes the visitor in varied textures of light. Intended for contemplation, the oculus frames the sky concentrating the collective memories of many. From this space, an exterior stair wraps the edge of the oculus allowing the visitor to emerge in the park's center, symbolizing a renewal for future generations.
Competition -- Top 10 international finalist -- New York, NY
Nick Brinen, Tim Kirkby, Cassandra Brinen
New York, NY
Finalist -- NYC Competition for electronic waste recycling receptacles.
Homestead, FL - 100 SF
Built from reclaimed cypress, this structure provides shelter for the animals of a teaching farm in South Florida. The bamboo screen provides a natural shading device to keep the interior cool on hot summer days.