77 Washington Workspace / Worrell Yeung Structure
Textual content description offered by the architects. The mission consists of the renovation and redesign of 77 Washington, a six-story, 38,000 square-foot, former masonry manufacturing facility constructed within the Twenties, in addition to a cluster of 4 different historic buildings adjoining to the property. Positioned on the nook of Washington Avenue and Park Avenue close to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this formidable adaptive reuse mission attracts from the neighborhood’s wealthy historical past and design typologies plentiful in early Twentieth-century New York warehouses.
The rehabilitation honors the positioning’s previous whereas producing a mutable, multi-use workspace that may flexibly accommodate an array of tenants. A sprawling artist studio and a images studio occupy the adjoining one-story constructions. “The prevailing buildings had been so wealthy with historical past and layered with a texture that we wished our design to focus on these discovered circumstances whereas additionally updating to accommodate new makes use of and new packages,” says co-principal Max Worrell. Considerate juxtapositions between outdated and new—the place minimal up to date detailing contrasts with the patina of the prevailing supplies—spotlight the complicated’s historical past all through.
Positioned on the web site’s heart, the six-story manufacturing facility constructing anchors the general complicated. That is bordered on the correct aspect, to the south, by three one-story constructions linked by a non-public, verdant central courtyard open to the sky, carved out by eradicating a roof that had initially coated the house. A storage situated to the manufacturing facility’s left was eliminated and the house remodeled right into a lush backyard, designed by Michael van Valkenburgh Associates, and a motorcycle storage space, accessible to all tenants.
By eradicating infill masonry partitions, Worrell Yeung restored the unique storefront openings of the single-story construction that homes artist and images studios, creating a robust visible presence at road stage on Park Avenue and filling the interiors with pure mild. For the nook artist studio, they created a big glass block clerestory to herald pure, diffuse mild that additionally glows like a lantern within the night and prompts the nook. The outside of every constructing was painted darkish blue to unify the buildings so that they learn as a set.
Worrell Yeung’s need to reveal and have fun the positioning’s historical past overridingly knowledgeable the design. Within the backyard, the unique yellow wooden gates, seen from the road, had been preserved and exterior brick partitions had been left untouched to disclose a ghost imprint of the earlier construction. As regards to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the benches within the backyard are three stable oak logs, collected after numerous storms over the previous decade from New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire by a shipbuilder that may usually use them for refurbishing boats.
This technique extends to the interiors of the central, six-story manufacturing facility constructing, the place materials alternatives like diamond plate flooring, unfinished metal railings and doorways, and concrete flooring echo the commercial properties (tough, sturdy, unrefined) inherent in age-old Brooklyn factories. Worrell Yeung labored with Navy Yard- primarily based woodworker, Bien Hecho, to salvage and reconstitute the wooden from the timber ground joists as a customized convention room desk and foyer bench. Extremely textured brick partitions with layers of outdated paint had been cleaned, sealed, and complemented with clear, uniform concrete flooring and white partitions.
Within the foyer, a big window attracts mild from the non-public courtyard accessible by the adjoining one-story buildings. Because it does all through your complete complicated, gridwork seems repeatedly within the foyer, within the diamond-plate metal ground, glass block parts, and a particular plywood foyer wall.
Most notably, with the intention to creatively strategy the bar safety requirement for elevator shaft openings, Worrell Yeung utilized the identical lattice motif seen all through the mission to the metal grids which cowl the shaft home windows, creating a sublime studying of the elevator on the constructing’s exterior, when observing the construction from the road, in addition to from contained in the cab. As co-principal Jejon Yeung says, “These interventions are a nod to the aesthetics of storied manufacturing facility buildings and Navy Yard warehouses, which traditionally featured grids of their sash home windows, fencing, and ship docks.”