Thursday, May 15, 2014

Transport Workers Union

   Hello and welcome back to the weekly blog post from SWA Architecture, PLLC.  We work on all different types of projects, from buildings, to restaurants, to franchises, to residential spaces, we cover it all.  This week we take a look at one of our most beautiful interior projects we have done to date.  Let’s take a look at the headquarters for the Transport Workers Union.  SWA were the architects and designers for the interior renovation of the headquarters, bringing an ambiance of class and sophistication.  We are very proud of our work here and we hope you will be impressed too.

   The Transport Workers Union, or TWU for short, was created in 1934 in the depths of the Great Depression.  At the time, the city’s transit companies were taking complete advantage of the countries unemployed, abusing them, hiring and firing them at will, underpaying and overworking the employees to wits end.  Transit companies were very powerful during the first two decades of the 20th centuries, successfully squashing any whisper of a unionization.

   Just as the employees were reaching their threshold, a leader emerged.  The leader, Michael J. Quill, boldly created the Transport Workers Union in the mid 1930’s, and as they say, the rest is history.  Workers conditions improved significantly and to this day 75 years later, workers still gain opportunity and rights afforded by the creation of this union.

Now let’s get back to present day.  TWU headquarters has been recently renovated and now all the employees enjoy a colorful, vibrant headquarters to call their home.  The next series of photos will show you the following rooms in the order they are listed – a conference room, a computer room, an open office area, a reception area, the executive board room, a multi conference area, corridors, the quill room, the President’s office, John Samuelson, and the Chief Financial Officers office, Earl Phillips.  Take a look, see the themes and intricacies that are throughout all the photos.  Tune in next week, SWA will bring you another project we most certainly are proud of.

Conference Room



 Computer Room

Open Office Area



Reception Area

 Executive Board Room



Multi Conference Area






The Quill Room



President's Office

Chief Financial Officer's Office

Friday, May 2, 2014

Top Weekly Project!


Welcome back to SWA Architecture’s weekly blog post.  As a recap in case this is your first time viewing our blog, SWA likes to highlight our work each week by showing spaces that SWA has collaborated with and explain what the space is and what SWA did with it.  Now if you haven’t seen last week’s post take a look before looking at this one.  I say that because this is part two of a two week exposition of the Rivergate Apartment complex located in Manhattan, at 401 E 34th street. 
Last week we showed the grandiose rooms that are open to the public, such as the main lobby, leasing office and elevator lobby.  Today we are going to look at various rooms that SWA Architecture was the architect, designer and expeditor for.
Let’s begin with a studio apartment in this building.  It is elegant a spacious, and as you can see, a balcony also comes with it.  What you can’t see, is that this specific apartment’s balcony can actually overlook the water.  A nice perk.  With a spacious kitchen and living room area, you can tell why this place fill’s out their leases fast.

Now let’s move this tour onto another studio apartment in Rivergate.  This one is similar, but as you can tell by the photographs is a bit more open.  This apartment does not have a balcony as the previous one did.  Still quite a nice place to live.

No more studio apartments, now we look at the terrace units.  Let me tell you, these are some of the biggest terraces I have ever seen.  Outdoor kitchen to boot, the terrace could fit a half-court basketball court.  Just don’t miss a shot.  This luxurious spot is a kingdom waiting for the king to take his throne.  Just take a look at the view, who wouldn’t want to live here.

That’s all for this week.  I hope you enjoyed Rivergate as much as I enjoyed seeing it.  Stay tuned for next week where we take a look at headquarters of one the biggest unions in the country, the Transit Workers Union.