The Caesura, in the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is close to topping out. This building, designed with Dattner Architects and developed by The Jonathan Rose Companeis, will contain the Center for Fiction and over 100 units of housing. Terra cotta and brick cladding should be starting soon, so stay tuned to this page for further construction updates.
Type A Projects has been designated to develop a site in the South Bronx, which BA will design. The building, on Southern Boulevard in the Crotona Park East neighborhood in the Bronx, is a mixed-use, 100% affordable project with approximately 90 units of senior housing and other community facility. Construction is planned for 2018-2019.
More information from the Office of the Mayor and the New York City Departement of Housing Preservation and Development can be seen here.
In late 2016 Places Journal published a new installment of the Fairy Tale Architecture series, curated by Andy and his siter Kate Bernheimer. The series pairs architects and stories, with each architect creating images that explore the relationship between a specific narrative and architecture. Each image created for this series is based on a tale chosen by either the designer or the curating team.
BA's entry this year was based on The Seven Ravens, a tale of a sister's search across time and space to find her lost brothers.
BA's Greg Jackson Center for Brownsville is featured in the newly opened show at the Center for Architecture/AIA New York City Chapter, curated by Donald Albrecht with commissioned photography by Rob Stephenson. The 15,000sf building is the home of Community Solutions' Brownsville Partnership and is currently in the second phase of design, with additional construction scheduled for 2017.
From the AIA:
Authenticity and Innovation explores the preservation and reuse of existing buildings in contemporary New York City, a particularly relevant topic for a metropolis characterized by perennial change. While New York City has about 1,500 individual landmarks and 139 historic districts that are overseen by the Landmarks Preservation Commission,Authenticity and Innovation will feature 28 projects that are not officially designated as ‘significant,’ but their reuse represents a phenomenon that can be called preservation beyond the preservation law.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has an update on the construction of The Caesura, BA's project in the BAM Cultural District. This building, developed by The Jonathan Rose Companies, is a collaboration with Dattner Architects and is scheduled for completion in 2017. Click through for photos of the site and a story on the progress.
The popular tech website Gizmodo has entrusted BA with designing their "home of the future", a temporary installation for NYCxDesign, a week-long event celebrating current trends in design. The home is essentially a container for gadgets, wearable tech, and other interesting products that will inform and impact how we live, both now and into the future. Design is ongoing.
Or, in more local (and slightly more nothern) dialect, "plastah".
Some images from today's (cold) site visit to Rhode Island.
The house wrap is on, electricians and mechanical installers are hard at work inside. Shou sugi ban battens are up, and cladding should be arriving soon up in Rhode Island. Lots of progress!
Framing at Quonny continues, and the large, two-story skylights (as well as the shorter, round ones) are taking their shapes.
Below is an interior photo of the Quonny house framing. The blue dashed outlined shapes are the locations of monumental skylights which run through the second floor to the roof of the house and which are chamfered at different angles to create a variety of tonal surfaces. The lower picture is the waterside view of the house facing Quonochontaug Pond.
The Quonochontaug House is coming together. First floor framing is mostly complete, with second floor framing and roof framing to come shortly. The garage has sprouted as well, and site retaining walls have been poured.
The second floor framing should be quite interesting to see, as the chamfered shapes of the skylights will be in view for the first time NOT on a computer screen.
The image below is the rendering of the raw space at the top of the post. Reality vs. rendering, phones vs. 12mm lenses and all that in effect.
Steel framing is in progress, and as the work by those erectors continues the carpenters are beginning to frame in the first floor partitions at the Quonny House in Rhode Island. The concrete foundation in the foreground is for a garage and loft space. The zone in between will hold a lap pool and deck.
(photo by Ned Connelly)
Up in Charlestown, RI, Highland Builders is in the midst of steel erection on the Quoncohontaug House. First floor framing is in place. Next week the warm board subfloor goes in (the source of radiant heating), and then the second floor steel will be put in place.