Lobby 1 To update the lobby of a Midtown office building, we first stripped away its ersatz historicism. Originally a hotel known for its eccentric guests and the highway man that hid there, the building’s lobby houses remnants of a famous architectural stair. Our proposal begins as an archeological intervention. It uncovers and restores the stair, framing it with gigantic pieces of a glass display vitrine that becomes the focus of the room. The space of the lobby is further organized with these large scale planes of glass that frame and reflect the people moving through it. On these planes we overlay a scrim of projected archival imagery and video performance of the building’s memory. A 19th century palette of black iron, tarnished brass, and glazed brick are detailed in a minimalist manner and combined with high tech projections that usher the past into the present.
Lobby 2 A new lobby for a converted parking garage is a study in materials that had lived in other forms in the building for the past century.
Wine Shop An entrepeneur wanted a prototype for a wine store that not only sold wine but taught wine literacy. Our design created a system of shelving for a library of bottles on a long browsing wall that culminated in a wine bar for tastings and winemaking seminars.