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In Memorium

One of our founding partners, Giovanni Pasanella, passed away at the end of 2010 in his beloved Italy. Gio’s design work earned him the famous 40 Under 40 accolade in 1966. His leadership of Pasanella + Klein on projects small and large, ranging from the private Lemon House to public Twin Parks housing in the Bronx, continues to inspire PKSB’s efforts to infuse each project with a freedom and variety of space and light to lift each project above the everyday.

José Rafael Moneo’s New Building at Columbia

Designed by the Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo, Columbia Universitys new interdisciplinary science building, at the corner of Broadway and 120th Street, draws on a range of precedents, from the austere Modernism of Adolf Loos  to the original McKim, Mead & White master plan for Columbias Morningside Heights campus, writes Nicolai Ouroussoff.

Nicolai Ouroussoff has it right ….this is indeed a muscular, bold building…but is that really what one wants from a neighbor? Ourusssoff sees the building as a “bridge to the divide between the insular world of the campus and the community beyond its walls”. And yet…the facades to the neighbors are seemingly windowless, the base to the pedestrian on Broadway is solid granite and the wonderfully glassy “community” space sits high above the street.

Happily, on the campus side the message is different. Here gleaming walls of glass invitingly look out to the private campus. Why not apply a similar approach to the neighborhood?

The building is indeed a wonderful piece of architecture but surely it misses the mark of marrying town and gown. Faulty as it may be, however it certainly succeeds better than its deadly, bookend predecessor, the Tschumi building on Broadway and 114th Street.

This building is to be the gateway to the new campus to the north, which hopefully will score higher in its relationship to the community, the street and the river.


NY TIMES

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/02/09/arts/design/MONEO-slideshow.html

A Miami Beach Event Space. Parking Space, Too.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — For her wedding over the weekend, Nina Johnson had worked through a predictable checklist of locations in town: hotel ballrooms, restaurant halls and catering outfits.

In the end, though, she opted for the most glamorous, upscale and stylish setting she could find — a parking garage.

“When we saw it, we were in total awe,” said Ms. Johnson, 26, an art gallery director. “It’s breathtaking.”

Read More

Architects Find Their Dream Client, in China

A rendering of Bending Paths, a villa designed by a Seattle architect for a Shanghai developer.

IT was an unusual commission, unlike anything that Stuart Silk, a Seattle architect, had been offered in his quarter-century of practice: design three high-end custom homes for clients he would never meet. Although there were some specifications for functions and dimensions — total square feet, for example, and the number of bedrooms and baths — there wasn’t a clue as to style or a construction budget.

Stuart Isett for The New York Times

Stuart Silk was commissioned to design nine custom homes near Shanghai with no instructions on style or budget.

“A lot of emotions went through my head,” Mr. Silk says. “Disbelief was one of them. Then the anxiety that comes along with the responsibility to do something without direction. But ultimately it was very freeing and intellectually exciting.”

The commission came from Shanghai, where a Chinese developer was beginning work on a community of villas bearing stratospheric prices — 50 million to 100 million renminbi, or $7.5 million to $15 million.

How did Mr. Silk get the job? A consultant for the developer had simply seen a Palm Springs, Calif., house that he had designed, liked it, and offered him the project. Before long, the three villas expanded to nine.

Read More


20 Henry Street
Brooklyn, New York
With an environmentally sensitive garden designed to extend from ground level to a lush “green” roof, this historic building in tony Brooklyn Heights will be restored, refurbished and expanded into luxury condominiums.
Photography: Hypertecture

20 Henry Street

Brooklyn, New York

With an environmentally sensitive garden designed to extend from ground level to a lush “green” roof, this historic building in tony Brooklyn Heights will be restored, refurbished and expanded into luxury condominiums.

Photography: Hypertecture


20 Henry Street
Brooklyn, New York
With an environmentally sensitive garden designed to extend from ground level to a lush “green” roof, this historic building in tony Brooklyn Heights will be restored, refurbished and expanded into luxury condominiums.
Photography: Hypertecture

20 Henry Street

Brooklyn, New York

With an environmentally sensitive garden designed to extend from ground level to a lush “green” roof, this historic building in tony Brooklyn Heights will be restored, refurbished and expanded into luxury condominiums.

Photography: Hypertecture

William B. Fellows, AIA joined PKSB Architects in 2007 as a Principal. Prior to joining, Mr. Fellows had his own international firm, William Fellows Architects. For over thirty years, Mr. Fellows and PKSB have enjoyed a history of successful collaborations, beginning in 1985 with the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School and most recently, the Allen-Stevenson School in Manhattan. Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Brown University, Providence, Long Island, 1975 Masters of Architecture, Columbia University, New York, New York, 1979
Achievements:
Mr. Fellows was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Architecture and an Associate Professor at Ball State University. Notable Projects Mr. Fellows has designed a wide range of award-winning educational, corporate, retail, hospitality and residence projects for international clients, including the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the UDC Convention Center in Rochester, and the renovation of Father Duffy Square

William B. Fellows, AIA joined PKSB Architects in 2007 as a Principal. Prior to joining, Mr. Fellows had his own international firm, William Fellows Architects. For over thirty years, Mr. Fellows and PKSB have enjoyed a history of successful collaborations, beginning in 1985 with the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School and most recently, the Allen-Stevenson School in Manhattan. Education:


Bachelor of Arts, Brown University, Providence, Long Island, 1975 Masters of Architecture, Columbia University, New York, New York, 1979


Achievements:


Mr. Fellows was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Architecture and an Associate Professor at Ball State University. Notable Projects Mr. Fellows has designed a wide range of award-winning educational, corporate, retail, hospitality and residence projects for international clients, including the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the UDC Convention Center in Rochester, and the renovation of Father Duffy Square

Henry K. Stolzman, FAIA Became a principal in 1986. His commitment to architectural excellence in support of humanist values can be seen in award-winning projects from neighborhood community centers to college residence halls, from classrooms to performance halls. 
Education: McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Bachelor of Arts, 1967 Columbia University - Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation New York, New York, Master of Architecture, 1974 Achievements: Mr. Stolzman is a fellow of the Institute of Urban Design and a member of the AIA’s Education Committee and of The Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) 
Notable Projects Mr. Stolzman has designed a range of award-winning educational, hospitality and residential projects for a broad group of clients, including the Williamsburg Community Center, Mason Hall, Reed Library, The Shoreham Hotel and The Root House.

Henry K. Stolzman, FAIA Became a principal in 1986. His commitment to architectural excellence in support of humanist values can be seen in award-winning projects from neighborhood community centers to college residence halls, from classrooms to performance halls. 

Education: McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Bachelor of Arts, 1967 Columbia University - Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation New York, New York, Master of Architecture, 1974 Achievements: Mr. Stolzman is a fellow of the Institute of Urban Design and a member of the AIA’s Education Committee and of The Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) 

Notable Projects Mr. Stolzman has designed a range of award-winning educational, hospitality and residential projects for a broad group of clients, including the Williamsburg Community Center, Mason Hall, Reed Library, The Shoreham Hotel and The Root House.

Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA Joined PKSB Architects in 1999 as a Principal. She is currently AIA President, New York Chapter for 2009. She served as a Commissioner and Chair of the Landmark Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2004 and is presently a member of the Board of the Landmarks Preservation Foundation. 
Education: BA in Architecture, University of California at Berkeley, 1975Masters in Architecture, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979 
Achievements:Chairman Of Landmarks Preservation CommissionChair of Van Alen InstituteDirector of Governors Island Preservation and Education CorporationPresident of WX Women Executives in Real Estate Notable Projects Ms. Paulsen has designed a range of award-winning educational, residential and mixed-use projects for a broad group of clients, including the Claremont Riding Academy, Hunter College of CUNY, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 20 Henry Street and the City of Bay City, Michigan.

Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA Joined PKSB Architects in 1999 as a Principal. She is currently AIA President, New York Chapter for 2009. She served as a Commissioner and Chair of the Landmark Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2004 and is presently a member of the Board of the Landmarks Preservation Foundation. 

Education: BA in Architecture, University of California at Berkeley, 1975
Masters in Architecture, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979 

Achievements:
Chairman Of Landmarks Preservation Commission
Chair of Van Alen Institute
Director of Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation
President of WX Women Executives in Real Estate Notable Projects Ms. Paulsen has designed a range of award-winning educational, residential and mixed-use projects for a broad group of clients, including the Claremont Riding Academy, Hunter College of CUNY, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 20 Henry Street and the City of Bay City, Michigan.

Arnold Constable - 309 Canal Street

This adaptive reuse project restores the former Arnold Constable department store building at the corner of Canal and Mercer Street to its 1855 appearance. On the interior, the store is converted to a rental apartment building with retail at the base. The restoration includes removal of a fire escape on the Mercer Street façade, along with restoration of the building’s glazed storefronts and arched bases. The project received a Certificate of Appropriateness from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and a Special Permit for the change in use from manufacturing to residential from the City Planning Commission.

Read More

In Memorium

One of our founding partners, Giovanni Pasanella, passed away at the end of 2010 in his beloved Italy. Gio’s design work earned him the famous 40 Under 40 accolade in 1966. His leadership of Pasanella + Klein on projects small and large, ranging from the private Lemon House to public Twin Parks housing in the Bronx, continues to inspire PKSB’s efforts to infuse each project with a freedom and variety of space and light to lift each project above the everyday.

José Rafael Moneo’s New Building at Columbia

Designed by the Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo, Columbia Universitys new interdisciplinary science building, at the corner of Broadway and 120th Street, draws on a range of precedents, from the austere Modernism of Adolf Loos  to the original McKim, Mead & White master plan for Columbias Morningside Heights campus, writes Nicolai Ouroussoff.

Nicolai Ouroussoff has it right ….this is indeed a muscular, bold building…but is that really what one wants from a neighbor? Ourusssoff sees the building as a “bridge to the divide between the insular world of the campus and the community beyond its walls”. And yet…the facades to the neighbors are seemingly windowless, the base to the pedestrian on Broadway is solid granite and the wonderfully glassy “community” space sits high above the street.

Happily, on the campus side the message is different. Here gleaming walls of glass invitingly look out to the private campus. Why not apply a similar approach to the neighborhood?

The building is indeed a wonderful piece of architecture but surely it misses the mark of marrying town and gown. Faulty as it may be, however it certainly succeeds better than its deadly, bookend predecessor, the Tschumi building on Broadway and 114th Street.

This building is to be the gateway to the new campus to the north, which hopefully will score higher in its relationship to the community, the street and the river.


NY TIMES

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/02/09/arts/design/MONEO-slideshow.html

A Miami Beach Event Space. Parking Space, Too.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — For her wedding over the weekend, Nina Johnson had worked through a predictable checklist of locations in town: hotel ballrooms, restaurant halls and catering outfits.

In the end, though, she opted for the most glamorous, upscale and stylish setting she could find — a parking garage.

“When we saw it, we were in total awe,” said Ms. Johnson, 26, an art gallery director. “It’s breathtaking.”

Read More

Architects Find Their Dream Client, in China

A rendering of Bending Paths, a villa designed by a Seattle architect for a Shanghai developer.

IT was an unusual commission, unlike anything that Stuart Silk, a Seattle architect, had been offered in his quarter-century of practice: design three high-end custom homes for clients he would never meet. Although there were some specifications for functions and dimensions — total square feet, for example, and the number of bedrooms and baths — there wasn’t a clue as to style or a construction budget.

Stuart Isett for The New York Times

Stuart Silk was commissioned to design nine custom homes near Shanghai with no instructions on style or budget.

“A lot of emotions went through my head,” Mr. Silk says. “Disbelief was one of them. Then the anxiety that comes along with the responsibility to do something without direction. But ultimately it was very freeing and intellectually exciting.”

The commission came from Shanghai, where a Chinese developer was beginning work on a community of villas bearing stratospheric prices — 50 million to 100 million renminbi, or $7.5 million to $15 million.

How did Mr. Silk get the job? A consultant for the developer had simply seen a Palm Springs, Calif., house that he had designed, liked it, and offered him the project. Before long, the three villas expanded to nine.

Read More


20 Henry Street
Brooklyn, New York
With an environmentally sensitive garden designed to extend from ground level to a lush “green” roof, this historic building in tony Brooklyn Heights will be restored, refurbished and expanded into luxury condominiums.
Photography: Hypertecture

20 Henry Street

Brooklyn, New York

With an environmentally sensitive garden designed to extend from ground level to a lush “green” roof, this historic building in tony Brooklyn Heights will be restored, refurbished and expanded into luxury condominiums.

Photography: Hypertecture


20 Henry Street
Brooklyn, New York
With an environmentally sensitive garden designed to extend from ground level to a lush “green” roof, this historic building in tony Brooklyn Heights will be restored, refurbished and expanded into luxury condominiums.
Photography: Hypertecture

20 Henry Street

Brooklyn, New York

With an environmentally sensitive garden designed to extend from ground level to a lush “green” roof, this historic building in tony Brooklyn Heights will be restored, refurbished and expanded into luxury condominiums.

Photography: Hypertecture

William B. Fellows, AIA joined PKSB Architects in 2007 as a Principal. Prior to joining, Mr. Fellows had his own international firm, William Fellows Architects. For over thirty years, Mr. Fellows and PKSB have enjoyed a history of successful collaborations, beginning in 1985 with the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School and most recently, the Allen-Stevenson School in Manhattan. Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Brown University, Providence, Long Island, 1975 Masters of Architecture, Columbia University, New York, New York, 1979
Achievements:
Mr. Fellows was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Architecture and an Associate Professor at Ball State University. Notable Projects Mr. Fellows has designed a wide range of award-winning educational, corporate, retail, hospitality and residence projects for international clients, including the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the UDC Convention Center in Rochester, and the renovation of Father Duffy Square

William B. Fellows, AIA joined PKSB Architects in 2007 as a Principal. Prior to joining, Mr. Fellows had his own international firm, William Fellows Architects. For over thirty years, Mr. Fellows and PKSB have enjoyed a history of successful collaborations, beginning in 1985 with the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School and most recently, the Allen-Stevenson School in Manhattan. Education:


Bachelor of Arts, Brown University, Providence, Long Island, 1975 Masters of Architecture, Columbia University, New York, New York, 1979


Achievements:


Mr. Fellows was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Architecture and an Associate Professor at Ball State University. Notable Projects Mr. Fellows has designed a wide range of award-winning educational, corporate, retail, hospitality and residence projects for international clients, including the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the UDC Convention Center in Rochester, and the renovation of Father Duffy Square

Henry K. Stolzman, FAIA Became a principal in 1986. His commitment to architectural excellence in support of humanist values can be seen in award-winning projects from neighborhood community centers to college residence halls, from classrooms to performance halls. 
Education: McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Bachelor of Arts, 1967 Columbia University - Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation New York, New York, Master of Architecture, 1974 Achievements: Mr. Stolzman is a fellow of the Institute of Urban Design and a member of the AIA’s Education Committee and of The Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) 
Notable Projects Mr. Stolzman has designed a range of award-winning educational, hospitality and residential projects for a broad group of clients, including the Williamsburg Community Center, Mason Hall, Reed Library, The Shoreham Hotel and The Root House.

Henry K. Stolzman, FAIA Became a principal in 1986. His commitment to architectural excellence in support of humanist values can be seen in award-winning projects from neighborhood community centers to college residence halls, from classrooms to performance halls. 

Education: McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Bachelor of Arts, 1967 Columbia University - Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation New York, New York, Master of Architecture, 1974 Achievements: Mr. Stolzman is a fellow of the Institute of Urban Design and a member of the AIA’s Education Committee and of The Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) 

Notable Projects Mr. Stolzman has designed a range of award-winning educational, hospitality and residential projects for a broad group of clients, including the Williamsburg Community Center, Mason Hall, Reed Library, The Shoreham Hotel and The Root House.

Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA Joined PKSB Architects in 1999 as a Principal. She is currently AIA President, New York Chapter for 2009. She served as a Commissioner and Chair of the Landmark Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2004 and is presently a member of the Board of the Landmarks Preservation Foundation. 
Education: BA in Architecture, University of California at Berkeley, 1975Masters in Architecture, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979 
Achievements:Chairman Of Landmarks Preservation CommissionChair of Van Alen InstituteDirector of Governors Island Preservation and Education CorporationPresident of WX Women Executives in Real Estate Notable Projects Ms. Paulsen has designed a range of award-winning educational, residential and mixed-use projects for a broad group of clients, including the Claremont Riding Academy, Hunter College of CUNY, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 20 Henry Street and the City of Bay City, Michigan.

Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA Joined PKSB Architects in 1999 as a Principal. She is currently AIA President, New York Chapter for 2009. She served as a Commissioner and Chair of the Landmark Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2004 and is presently a member of the Board of the Landmarks Preservation Foundation. 

Education: BA in Architecture, University of California at Berkeley, 1975
Masters in Architecture, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979 

Achievements:
Chairman Of Landmarks Preservation Commission
Chair of Van Alen Institute
Director of Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation
President of WX Women Executives in Real Estate Notable Projects Ms. Paulsen has designed a range of award-winning educational, residential and mixed-use projects for a broad group of clients, including the Claremont Riding Academy, Hunter College of CUNY, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 20 Henry Street and the City of Bay City, Michigan.

Arnold Constable - 309 Canal Street

This adaptive reuse project restores the former Arnold Constable department store building at the corner of Canal and Mercer Street to its 1855 appearance. On the interior, the store is converted to a rental apartment building with retail at the base. The restoration includes removal of a fire escape on the Mercer Street façade, along with restoration of the building’s glazed storefronts and arched bases. The project received a Certificate of Appropriateness from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and a Special Permit for the change in use from manufacturing to residential from the City Planning Commission.

Read More

José Rafael Moneo’s New Building at Columbia
A Miami Beach Event Space. Parking Space, Too.
Architects Find Their Dream Client, in China
Arnold Constable - 309 Canal Street

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