The new photos of the recently completed suite of classrooms for Thomas Jefferson University depict our studio’s response to finding nearly 8’ of additional ceiling space above old acoustic ceiling tiles in this historic medical school in Center City Philadelphia. Many thanks to Devon Banks Photography for her keen eye as always!
A Short film about Motivate, the parent company of City bike, featuring their headquarters . . . designed by Studio Modh! Our architectural work with Motivate was a refection of how this unique company operates, embracing fluid movement and flexible boundaries.
This video is a wonderful way to see how the company space of Motivate operates.
Thank you City Bike for creating it!
The Award, which will be announced at the Gala celebrating the Annual ICFF fair, is given by ICFF and Interior Design Magazine. Good luck to all Finalists and thank you to NYCxDesign for the honor. See the Motivate + Citi Bike Offices project here.
The Award, which will be announced at the Gala celebrating the Annual ICFF fair, is given by ICFF and Interior Design Magazine. Good luck to all Finalists and thank you to NYCxDesign for the honor. See the Broadway Duplex here.
Studio Modh is honored to be the recipient of a 2018 Merit Award for the Motivate + Citi Bike Offices. We are so fortunate to have great clients who push us to produce great work that reflects the ethos of their companies. https://aia-bqda.weebly.com/2018-bqda-recipients.html
Recently completed photos of the John W Hallahan Catholic Girls High School have been posted. The chapel, located in the oldest girls Catholic High School in the U.S., breathes new life into the previously dark, classroom revealing a thirteen foot concrete coffered ceiling that has enabled the existing stained glass windows to finally be seen in their full dimension.
Studio Modh is honored to have received the 2017 AIA Brooklyn Merit Award for our Warehouse Loft located in the Eagle Warehouse in Brooklyn Heights. The project unified two apartments, which enabled the creation of a generous central room for living, cooking, eating, and working for a young family. The project is detailed with a series of large scale millwork pieces fabricated from one hundred year old white cedar wood harvested from dismantled water towers in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. One face of the wood displays the purplish gray color from decades of water saturation while the other face exhibits the bleached, dry character of the sun side of the wood.
In a recent feature about the studio on archinect.com, Philip Ryan discusses the aspirations for the firm and the similarities between "farming" and fostering relationships that will lead to new and exciting projects.
Knoll International has posted a case study on the recently completed Forman Active Learning Classroom. It's a great analysis of the design process involved in finding the "unobserved artifact" of the space that drove much of the design of the classroom. The room has been so successful that Penn Egnineering is undergoing further renovations of under-utilized spaces and plans to expand the model to as many as five additional spaces in the Engineering complex. A great client, a fascinating problem, and a tailored solution for 21st century engineering education.
After two and a half years of painstaking scrubbing, sanding, and cleaning - a beautiful sandstone facade in Tribeca, smothered under layers of paint for nearly fifty years, has been returned to it's historic glory. Beyond a new pair of ten foot tall solid oak and glass entry doors is a new lobby that slips through the narrow gap between the double-building residential combination. With a palette of blackened steel, walnut, and exposed brick it is a tough, modern echo of Tribeca's industrial past.
After a slow process of excavating and editing, a new chapel is close to being unveiled at the John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in Philadelphia for the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The original room, buried under old wood paneling, a dropped ceiling, and wall to wall carpet, has been scrubbed clean and re-planned to highlight beautiful stained glass windows that had been partially obscured by the low dropped ceiling. The new design revealed a perfectly intact one hundred year old maple floor, released the space vertically to the structural slab, and introduced a restrained palette of white oak and alternating shades of blue fabric that reflects the school's colors.
Just uploaded some beautiful images by Devon Banks Photography to the the Warehouse Loft portfolio page. The project combined two apartments to create a unified, luminous three bedroom apartment that carefully reveals hints of the muscular, cast iron life of the old warehouse while creating a bright, modern living space for our client. New millwork is carefully constructed from the old 3" thick boards of white cedar water towers.
The Center for Architecture, Design, and Education Design Competition was sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation as part of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Studio Modh's project, titled "Windows on the Creative Education" , created two distinct buildings - one brick and one glass to reflect the strong legacy of these construction types in Chicago - that used the concept of the "window" to frame educational exchanges between the city and the building. Large openings in the masonry tower, a design high school, highlight studio-based educational strategy, large scale instruction in an auditorium with stunning views of Lake Michigan, and a grand rooftop for exercise and social activity.
In the transparent, glass base, paradoxically supporting the heavy masonry building above, the windows are a vertical exhibition gallery capturing exhibit content displayed within and reflecting an open-ness and sustainability that should guide every building inhabitants ambitions for their own built environment.
Our project was selected as a Finalist.
We just updated our Work Section to include new images of the final completion of the Penn Engineering Forman Active Learning Classroom in Philadelphia. The new images demonstrate the flexible technological capabilities of space as well as the careful attention to detail that enabled us to create a dignified, modern collaborative space. The design demonstrates to the young engineering students, who use the space everyday, that it is possible to achieve a balance of functionality, responsive design, and aesthetics. We feel this will make them better engineers and creators in their future careers. The photos are by Devon Banks, a New York based architectural photographer and artist.
Summer Course work is underway at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Studio Modh was sent recent photos of the Active Learning Classroom in action. These photos were taken by the instructor, Jeffrey Babin, who is the School of Engineering's Assistant Professor of Practice and Associate Director Engineering Entrepreneurship. Always satisfying to see a project really getting used successfully. Now we are receiving feedback from the instructors and students that we will use to hone and improve upon facets of the design that may not be working exactly the way the client wants. This kind of feedback is critical to a successful project.
We're ecstatic with how the new Active Learning Classroom turned out at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously the Engineering Library, the new space offers Engineering students and faculty a high-tech, collaborative learning space that has been designed to enable the space to be transformed into group work and reading space when not being used as a classroom.
Walls are designed as flush, over-size white boards enabling the students to, literally, write all over the walls without consequences. The room is equipped with a brilliantly designed integrated technology learning suite (by Philadelphia A/V firm Cenero) that facilitates dynamic sharing of lessons via wi-fi video to large scale screens and projectors.
The photos here are by the very talented Don Pearse Photographers, who shot for the contractor. Stay tuned for more photos soon.
After two long years of careful scrubbing, sanding, and mortar pointing, the facade scaffold has come off the facade of two residential buildings on Reade Street. The building, built in the late 19th century, had suffered under layers of paint that trapped moisture and re-directed water toward the massive, original wood framed window units - resulting in rotting and corrosion. Studio Modh relied on the depth and wisdom of Jablonski Building Conservation, as well as the careful, diligent work of ABR Molding Inc.
The scaffold removal has revealed the buttery, warmth of the original sandstone trimmed off with Landmark Preservation Commission approved historic black paint and re-built ornamental metalwork details. Next up the lobby and water-table ornament along the storefront!
The final punch-list is progressing and a beautiful collection of Knoll tables, chairs, whiteboards, and other accessories have been arriving at the job site. Full photography to follow in preparation for the first Engineering classes in the late summer.
Studio Modh is moving into new offices! Beginning June 1st, Studio Modh will be housed in the newly renovated 1000 Dean Creative Work spaces in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The move will enable Studio Modh to continue to grow and connect with some of the great makers and other designers in Brooklyn. More images of the new space to come as we move in. Above are some images of the great new desks and millwork being fabricated by Glenn Paul Smith, local millworker and artist.