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LES Ecology Center Compost Facility Redesign Kickoff

by W-Architecture | Posted 07/28/2015 9:07 AM

LES Ecology Center Compost Facility Redesign Kickoff

On a lovely day last week, we attended the kickoff meeting for the redesign of the Lower East Side Ecology Center's compost facility. W will be working with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to reorganize the compost process and site to create a sustainable and educational facility which will filter the compost leachate through a series of wetlands that store stormwater to create a new freshwater habitat for birds and other animals. The center's location on the lower east side promenade will provide excellent visibility for educational purposes.

Plaza 33 Opening Soon...

by W-Architecture | Posted 07/20/2015 4:14 PM

Plaza 33 Opening Soon...

W is working with Vornado Realty Trust to create an open plaza on the east side of 33rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues next to Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. The plaza will include a public amphitheater, flexible seating and shade, two sculptures, and a number of featured eateries. Once the plaza opens, there will be musical performances, fitness workshops, movies, games, and more. The plaza will be open from August to October- if New Yorkers support the plaza, it should become a permanent fixture in the area. Stay tuned for information on the opening day!

Michel deBroin's "Bloom" Goes Up at St. Patrick's Island

by W-Architecture | Posted 07/15/2015 2:04 PM

Michel deBroin's "Bloom" Goes Up at St. Patrick's Island

Michel deBroin's Bloom won Calgary Municipal Land Corporation's public art competition in 2013. The light and metal sculpture measures 24 meters tall and is currently being installed on St. Patrick's Island. The sculpture will be visible at night in order to encourage people to frequent the island after dusk. Bloom is inspired by an encounter between the natural landscape of the park and the urban cityscape. Large urban streetlights are assembled together to form the sculpture - a seed of the city sprouted among the trees. Bike and pedestrian paths wind around and underneath the sculpture, and it will be visible from the bridge and opposite shores. 

Wavertree Bon Voyage!

by W-Architecture | Posted 06/08/2015 2:24 PM

Wavertree Bon Voyage!

The 1885 ship WAVERTREE, the crown jewel of the South Street Seaport Museum's fleet, left for the shipyard on May 21st to undergo a massive New York City funded stabilization and restoration project. W is leading the $9 million plus stabilization and restoration project, the largest of its kind undertaken in the USA in recent history. W attended the sendoff for the ship (on the right in the photo above) as it left the South Street Seaport for Caddell Drydock and Repair in Staten Island, where the ship will be preserved and re-rigged. The WAVERTREE will return to the South Street Seaport in 2016. The restoration of the historic ship is a key part of the South Street Seaport Museum's plan to revitalize the lower Manhattan waterfront and highlight the meaningful historic connections of this important part of New York.

Our New Office...In Brooklyn!

by W-Architecture | Posted 05/22/2015 7:19 AM

Our New Office...In Brooklyn!

W is proud and excited to announce that we have moved into a new office space on the Fulton Street Mall in Brooklyn. The space is in a landmarked brownstone that was built in 1875. Starting in 1892, the building was home to the infamous Gage and Tollner restaurant, a Brooklyn favorite for a century. Gage and Tollner's customers included Diamond Jim Brady, Jimmy Durante, and Mae West. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.  The Fulton Mall, a pedestrian street and transit mall, is part of Brooklyn's business improvement district and the area is one of the five borough's densest transit hubs.

Skate Park Open at Riverside Park

by W-Architecture | Posted 05/21/2015 7:30 AM

Skate Park Open at Riverside Park

W Architecture joined the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Girls Rider Organization at Riverside Park to celebrate Summer on the Hudson and the seasonal opening of the skate park. W will design a new skate venue for this legendary site with California Skateparks. Pioneering professional skateboarder Andy Kessler erected the iconic skate structures in the park nearly 20 years ago, including one of New York City's largest half-pipes. The kick-off meeting was attended by the Girls Rider Organization, parents of young skaters, friends of Andy Kessler, and professional skaters to discuss what they love about the park today and what they would like to see in the reconstruction of the park tomorrow. W is excited to dive into New York City's skate culture and to work with skaters and organizers to create an amazing skate park.

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