Thursday, October 11, 2018

SWA Architecture Weekly Blog

Hello and welcome back to the SWA Architecture Blog.  The blog where we take you inside all the wonderful projects that SWA Architecture has been a part of.  This of course is a bonus post!  If you haven't seen our last couple of posts please check them out.  They are all about some prestigious awards we received from the International Architecture Awards.  We are very proud of it.  This week we go back to looking at some classic SWA Architecture projects.

We are returning to a project we once blogged about.  We are looking at an exquisite penthouse in Soho.  Last time we saw this project it was in the very early stages of construction and we showed a couple pictures of it in construction and some renderings of what it will become.  This time we get to show you what this beautiful apartment has become.  As you can tell by the photos it really came together in a magnificent way.

This is an SWA Architecture design and permitting project.  This project is also one of the original loft buildings in New York City.  In fact, our client was one of the pioneers in enacting the loft las now practiced in New York City.

SWA Architecture is responsible for designing a rood access stair and penthouse for this spot.  We also modified the interior space of the loft.  That's it for this weeks bonus blog post.  Stay tuned for some pretty spectacular projects coming your way next week.  Don't forget to give us a follow on instagram - @SWA_Architecture

Monday, October 8, 2018

SWA Architecture Weekly Blog

Hello and welcome back to the SWA Architecture weekly blog.  The blog where we take a look at different projects that SWA Architecture has been a part of.  If you didn't see our last post, please go check it out.  It was about a very prestigious award that was given to SWA Architecture.

This week we again are going to share with you an award that SWA Architecture has won from the International Architecture Awards.  This time we submitted for a building we worked on located at 134 W Houston.  We have previously written about this project multiple times so take a look at our previous posts to get an in-depth look at that projects.  We are again very flattered and humbled by this award.  We put in a lot of hard work and we truly appreciate the recognition.

That's it this week for the SWA Architecture weekly blog.  Stay tuned for a possible bonus post later this week.  Also, give us a follow on instagram - @swa_architecture

Thursday, October 4, 2018

SWA Architecture Weekly Blog

Hello and welcome to a special bonus post from the SWA Architecture weekly blog.  In this blog we usually take a look at different projects that SWA Architecture has worked on.  Today, however, will be a little different then to what you are used to.  We will be sharing with you something we are very proud of.

Recently, we entered an International Architecture Award for the Urban Design.  We know our work is the very best and we are very proud of what we put into the world, but we are humble and had no expectations when we entered.  Well, it would appear that we are not the only ones who recognize our work as being the best.  We placed in first in the International Architecture Award for Urban Design.  Submitting for the work we do on Sidewalk Cafes, as you can tell by the pictures.  We are very flattered to be recognized.

We had to submit photos of our work, and provide some information about Sidewalk cafes.  Here is the information we submitted -

Unlike the outdoor eating cafes in Europe which appeared spontaneously whenever there was something delightful or fascinating to look at nearby, the history of New York City's sidewalk cafes was not as organically accepted in the physical and legislative landscape; the process has been slow and arduous.  The sluggish evolution is a result of the inability to envision a way to capture space within the rigidity of the streets and the stringent New York City zoning laws created in 1916 that mandate local uses within specific districts.

New York City is in constant flux.  Neighborhood skylines are reshaped daily, large developments and urban planning schemes continue to evolve within the city making new connections and to previously ignored blighted waterfront and industrial neighborhoods.  The flexibility that can easily accommodate successful developments in such large scale is possible because of the amenable marvel of urban planning that is the Manhattan grid.

"In 1807, frustrated by years of uncontrolled development and a decade of public health epidemics attributed to lower Manhattan's cramped and irregular streets, New York City's City Council petitioned the state legislature to develop a street plan for Manhattan above Houston Street, at that time a rural area of streams and hills populated by a patchwork of country estates, farms and small houses.  The adoption four years later of the Commissioners' Plan established the grid of 12 north - South avenues and 155 east - west streets that, though it would take most of the 19th century to build, continues to fundamentally she like in New York."

The Manhattan grid has endured many changes through the last two centuries and continues to accommodate developments that reshape the experience.  We sought out to add a new evolutionary layer and focus to produce an outdoor urban experience.  The motivating idea, in tune with the Fred Koetter, is the creation of side walk cafes.  

The process began with contacting the Mayor of NYC Michael Bloomberg directly to map out neighborhoods that were rude for the proposed program whereby a committee was established including various commissioners and city planning agencies to modify the Zoning las.  In cooperation with the Mayor and the City Planning Commissioner we established an amendment to the local zoning las including creating The Small Sidewalk Cafes Rule which allows a single row of outdoor seating on the sidewalk along the exterior of the restaurant; a first in New York City history.

The rule also established a more efficient review and approval process and eased the zoning regulations to allow more outdoor dining.  Since the creation of this ruling outdoor eating has flourished in Manhattan.The city is an outdoor theater.  Diners can sit along the exciting energetic streets and enjoy the performance.  The outdoor dining is inspired by the older European cities; however, the sidewalk cafe experience is uniquely New York.  The colors and shapes created by the sidewalk cafes break the monotony of the concrete city landscape, enhancing the pedestrian experience.  The Cafes provide links and connect neighborhoods creating a visual web of miniature utopias.

That was a lot for this award as you can tell.  We will cover another award we submitted for next week.  Again, we are so proud to be recognized and hope you enjoyed seeing our hard work paying off as well.  That's it this week for the SWA Architecture weekly blog, stay tuned for next week.  Also, give us a follow on instagram - @swa_architecture 

Monday, October 1, 2018

SWA Architecture Weekly Blog

Hello and welcome back to the SWA Architecture weekly blog.  The blog like no other, where we examine different projects that SWA Architecture has worked on.  Last week we put up a couple great projects with two posts.  This week we will be coming right back with a couple of posts you don't want to miss.

The first project is a house we designed in Far Rockaway.  Above are photos of the space and below are some 3-d models.  We are the architects, planners, interior designers and expediters for this project.  This is one of approximately 40 houses we have designed in that area.  So if you're looking to design or redesign your house, give us a call.

That's it this week for the SWA Architecture weekly blog.  Stay tuned for a couple bonus posts coming about something we are very proud of.  The next post will be different then any post we have done and you will not want to miss it.  Also, do us a favor and give us a follow on instagram - @swa_architecture

Friday, September 28, 2018

SWA Architecture Weekly Blog

Hello and welcome to a special bonus post to the SWA Architecture weekly blog.  If you missed our other post from this week finish this one first and go check it out.  It was one of our favorites that we have posted about.  I bet the suspense is killing you.

As for this week, we take an updated look at a location for the third time.  Yes, this is the third time we have stopped at the historic landmark location of 4 St. Marks.  Also known as the Hamilton Holly house.  A brief refresher, this large townhouse in the East Village was constructed in 1833, and designated into a landmark building in 2004. 

The first time we viewed this building it was in the very preliminary stages, with mainly renderings to show you what it will be.  As you can tell by the pictures we still have some work to but it is certainly almost there. 

SWA Architecture are the architects, designers, expediters and landmark applicants for this building.  We have two floors for retail, a rear addition, we inserted a new residential floor in the rear (6 total apartments), a curved balcony at parlor level, and a complete restoration of the facade including brick work, stone work, windows, doors and slate roof.

We really put a lot into this town house as you can see.  That's it for this week.  Stay tuned for another post coming your way next week.  Don't forget to give us a follow on instagram - @swa_architecture

Monday, September 24, 2018

SWA Architecture Weekly Blog

Hello and Welcome back to the SWA Architecture weekly blog.  The Blog like no other, where we take a deep dive into projects around the greater northeast area that SWA Architecture has been a part of.  This week we take a look at a different spot then we normally do, The Color Factory. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Color Factory, let's get you familiar.  The Color Factory, which just opened on August 20th, is an interactive exhibition, launched and designed by event planner Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day (a craft and celebrations blog) to help visitors explore the fun and importance of color.  Three are 16 rooms to explore throughout the 20,000-square-foot space which showcase immersive artwork from local writers, poets and musicians.  The event got its start in San Francisco, but the Gotham iteration is very much an ode to New York, with the art giving tips for people who live in the Big Apple. 

Best of all, you can wander through the installation phone-free if you want. Upon entry, you are given a card to scan at each of the various photographic experiences inside. The photos will be sent directly to your email, so you can focus on enjoying the art versus panicking over taking the perfect picture. That’s pretty convenient, but what we really love is that this ticketed attraction ($38) is worth the price in freebies alone. During your visit, you get a ton of swag from gifts like Maybelline lipstick to ice cream, candy and other special treats. Tickets are still up for grabs at various time slots. It’s only in town until the end of September—don’t miss the chance to see (and taste) the rainbow!

SWA Architecture are the zoning and building code consultants and advisers.  We also program managed The Color Factory and other tenants in this building over the past several years.  So get down to The Color Factory for that sweet instagram post before it's too late!

That's it this week for the SWA Architecture weekly blog post.  Stay tuned for our next post and give us a follow on instagram if you haven't already - @swa_architecture