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
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 A+D
Photography: Nicholas Brinen
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.
On the Boards
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
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.
New York, NY- 240 SF
The DOT Street Seats is a seasonal program that reclaims portions of New York City’s streets for much needed public space. These public spaces generally include an attractive setting for eating, reading, working, meeting a friend, and taking a rest. We worked with the DOT to create a proposal that re-imagines the standard street seats design. This seasonal installation provided a pocket of thoughtful public space at the north-east corner of 13th Street and 5th Ave in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The 40 ft x 6 ft design incorporated the necessary seating and tables and utilized off-the-shelf lumber to provide stability, while offering a delicate veil of visual permeability.
New York, NY - Various Locations
The goal of this installation was to create a mobile runway for public fashion shows in New York City. The design can take on multiple configurations and mainly utilizes dramatic light and shadow by way of a simple structure. This glacier-like structure aligns with the “runway of light” setting up the main axis for a presentation. The facets of this “glacier” interact with other light sources to create a fulcrum from which light is received and reflected. The structure is formed from interlocking sections of powder coated sheet metal that can collapse for transport and easily expand in a new space.
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.
New York, NY - 8000 SF
Gyro commissioned us to help with the relocation of their London headquarters to the Midtown neighborhood in New York City. We designed for flexible work conditions and varied the sizes of space for different types of meetings. One objective with this was to connect all of these spaces for meeting and working to connect visually. Secondly, the sequence of these spaces are able to display the ever evolving identity of Gyro and their clients.
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.
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 -- 1,700 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.
"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.
Competition - 2nd Place
The design for the Ward 1 Learning Shed aims to become a “living & functioning landmark” for the Sudbury Community Garden located in Ontario, Canada. 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 foundation provides stability, while maintaining flexibility for the structure to be moved if needed. Two main doors open 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.
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
New York, NY- 700 SF
Design in Progress...
Harlem, NY- 1,200 SF
Photos coming soon...
Design Proposal -- Winnipeg, Canada
During the winter season, Canada’s rivers turn to icy surfaced trails for exploration and adventure. 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 trail. Upon entry, a visitor occupies the conceptual “in-between” space that resembles suspended water molecules. The ceiling topography (a cast imprint of the sitting surface below) gives a visitor 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. Along with emulating sheets of ice, the poly carbonate walls insulate, stabilize, and allow passive solar gain into the space.
New York, NY -- 1,250 SF
Our design proposal for a pop-up fashion boutique began by re-conceptualizing a simple material: 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 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 form screens, shelving, presentation spaces, and fitting rooms for the shop.
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.
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.
Homestead, FL- 250 SF
This was a design-build project for an educational farm in Homestead, FL to support their public teaching program. The project utilized cypress lumber from the "free" section of Craigslist. The cypress was reclaimed from a disassembled fence and naturally is resistant to water and insects. Solar pathway lights were installed on the south facade to illuminate the space in the evening. Water is collected from the roof at the north end of the structure and stored in a small cistern. The interior protects and stores the farm’s tractor lawn mower, a utility cart, and all the gardening tools for the education program.
New York, NY - Mobile Structure
The Bicycle Outpost is a prototype that explores infrastructure for cyclist by providing amenities regarding maintenance, repairs, and education. The Outpost is mobile and dimensioned so it can move between various indoor and outdoor locations. The construct provides tools, air pump, built-in bicycle stand, photo-luminescent paint, and vending machine for patch-kits and lights. Fabrication techniques of CNC milling plywood allowed for easy fabrication and assembly in a single day.
Competition -- Top 10 international finalist -- New York, NY
Nick Brinen, Tim Kirkby, Cassandra Brinen