We converted a two-family row-house in Queens into a new community synagogue. A bright, modern entry wing angles to the street, complementing the gut-renovated rowhouse. The expansion gains its strong identity through a combination of contextual brick, Jerusalem stone, and contemporary glass curtain walls. Program spaces include a 90-seat sanctuary, classrooms, meeting rooms, and offices.
We were hired to renovate Brotherhood Synagogue, a stately nineteenth-century cornerstone of Gramercy Park. Maintaining the quiet grandeur of this former Quaker meeting-house, we added staircases, banisters, moldings, cabinets, and shelving so harmonious they seem to be part of the original building. We modified the cellar and attic structure to create 40% more usable area for a library, offices, and Hebrew school. The renovation also included a thorough modernization of the building, encompassing air conditioning, handicap accessibility, sprinklers, and new lighting -- all of which we added without upsetting the exquisite architectural clarity of this restored landmark.
Gardens of Remembrance
Gardens of Remembrance is a memorial to the 187 Suffolk County, New York, residents who perished on September 11, 2001. A glass enclosure comprised of 188 panels divides two gardens: The Accessible Garden, with paths to walk on, places to rest, and markers to guide us; and The Inaccessible Garden, a place we cannot enter. At eye level, each glass panel is deeply etched with the name and personal information of one of the 187 Suffolk County victims, with one panel set aside for the remembrance of all the others. The uppermost portion of each panel will be specially etched with a portrait of the individual it memorializes, visible only to a visitor seated on the nearest bench.
M.R. Environmental Center
When Monmouth County dammed a brook to create the Manasquan Reservoir, civic-minded officials saw the opportunity to create a place for public education about water and the environment. We were selected to design an 11,000-square-foot interpretive center to be part of a nature walk for school groups and the general public. We chose forms evocative of the silos and barns of rural New Jersey. Bold geometric and material combinations create dynamic spaces, all linked by a path that leads to the reservoir. We gave special attention to accommodating large groups of schoolchildren, as well as families on weekend excursions.
Children's Garbage Museum
We designed the Children's Garbage Museum in Stamford, Connecticut, as a unique interpretive and experiential learning environment. Busloads of children enjoy exciting educational materials created by renowned exhibition designer Ray Mendez of Work as Play, then enter an overlook to view Connecticut's Central Recycling Plant. Early 20th-century industrial structures inspired the form of the building. The project also includes attractive administrative offices.
16th Street Synagogue
We were asked to lead a soup-to-nuts renovation of a 50-year-old synagogue interior. The update will include greatly improved lighting, including an illuminated canopy over the bimah. Office space for the congregation is also being expanded and modernized
Butterfly & Orchid Conservatory
The untimely death of a donor derailed what would have been a magnificent expansion of the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. We were chosen to design an interpretive center, 10,000-square-foot rainforest conservatory, teahouse, and meeting space. Families would have walked among butterflies and orchids and enjoyed beautifully designed displays on the ecology and life cycles of these delicate flora and fauna.