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.
Studio Modh is honored to be selected as one of four finalists in the Design Marfa Housing Competition in Marfa, Texas. The Competition was sponsored by Design Marfa, an organization that advocates for architecture, preservation, economic development, and sustainable growth. Studio Modh's proposal, titled "Marfa House", sought to create a community of neighborhoods under one roof. Echoing the forms of low slung industrial buildings that dot the Texas Landscape, the buildings are organized around shaded, open spaces, integrate sustainable and prefabricated materials in a sensitive manner, and uses a layout of economic standardized units to create a contemporary building form that embraces the scale and community of largely single-family homes.
Four finalists were selected from among 135 entries. In an interesting Brooklyn-Proud note, three of the four finalists heralded from Brooklyn including Studio Cadena and Marfa Row. Studio Modh participated in the competition because of the founder's experience in Texas and numerous "pilgrimmages" to Marfa as a student of architecture in the late 90's where he was exposed to Donald Judd and the Chinati Foundation's great work in and around Marfa. Well worth a visit!
With new work and a new year comes a new website! New projects in the works for the University of Pennsylvania and a number of new residential clients and photography by the always great Giles Ashford fill out the Work Section.