WORKac’s garage Façade makes a parking a car into an unexpected opportunity for social interaction. In just four feet of depth, the facade packs in a vertical series of public spaces, including a gallery for graffiti art, a children’s play area with slide and climbing wall, a garden with a single palm tree, a DJ platform on top of the egress stairs, a lending library, listening lounge, fountain, bar, car washer/charger, and space for pets.
At the roof level, a few parking spaces are removed to accommodate a small auditorium and beach space. A reservoir collects runoff from the roof to irrigate the garden.The public spaces and connecting staircases are expressed on the façade as a series of mesh-screened tunnels, like an ant farm of urban activity presented to the street below.
Amale Andraos + Dan Wood
Sam Dufaux, Goran Eriksson,
Yuchen Guo, Trevor Hollyn Taub, Yue Zhong
Terence Riley, Master Planner
Tim Haas, Associate Architect
(Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)
Juan Calvache, Santiago Calvache, Reinaldo Calvache,
Maria Camila Constantini, Olive Gelpi, Miles Gelpi,
Leticia Neubern, Carina Neubern, Diana Vazquez
“Sambarama” by The Juanitos
WORKac, recently named the AIA NY State’s Firm of the Year, has achieved international acclaim for projects such as the master plan for the New Holland Island Cultural Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wieden+Kennedy’s 50,000 sq ft, three story New York offices, the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, Texas, the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan and the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn. Currently, in Africa, the firm is building its winning competition entry for a new 200,000SF Conference Center in Libreville, Gabon. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the center will host diplomatic meetings. In the United States, WORKac is completing construction of a residential conversion of a historic New York cast-iron building, designing a distillery museum and gathering space in the Adirondacks, and a new storefront facade for a parking garage in Miami’s Design District. In China, the firm recently completed a 2,000-acre master plan for seven new university campuses in Weifang, and we are starting design of the 450,000SF main library on the first Weifang campus, where the master plan is now under construction.
WORKac was founded in 2003.
Dan Wood, FAIA, LEED AP, leads international projects for WORKac ranging from masterplans to buildings across the United States as well as in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Wood holds the 2013-14 Louis I. Kahn Chair at the Yale School of Architecture and has taught at the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture, and the UC Berkeley School of Environmental Design, where he was the Friedman Distinguished Chair. Wood is originally from Rhode Island and lived in Paris and in the Netherlands for many years before moving to New York in 2002. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York and is LEED certified.
Amale Andraos is the dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has taught at numerous institutions including the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania Design School, and the American University in Beirut. Andraos is committed to research and publications. Her work has recently explored the question of representation by re-examining the concept of the ‘Arab City.’ Andraos was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She has lived in Saudi Arabia, France, Canada, and the Netherlands prior to moving to New York in 2002. She serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York, the Advisory Board of the Arab Center for Architecture in Beirut and is a member of the faculty steering committee for the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.