week to week updates on the progress of the venue construction
soft opening night
ready for pre-opening party
some official pr photos (by Mike M.)
“All the world’s a stage”
I just love it when light and shadow do the design
fine tuning lighting
fine tuning theatrical equipment
fine tuning the stage
‘pink que te quiero pink’. crushed berries color to be precise….
lounge bar with all equipment installed.
cellar entrance to the bathrooms and coatcheck
facade: done! at least the top part…
looking three floors up in the entrance vestibule
entrance ramp and the green folded wall with the box office behind
raised area by the exit doors with the spaghetti of pipes and cables behind the mesh-y ceiling.
main space from the balcony next to the stage – final touch-ups
mezzanine bar getting dressed up. with zinc.
upstairs lounge. note the shiny polished concrete floor!
concrete pavers on the terrace. smokers will be happy.
yep, this is exposed concrete in america…
entrance ramp substructure
on a balcony/bridge
we have gold walls!!
stair #1: green
toilets are up.
finally there is some facade
best seat in the house
rigging points! not lights this time…
entering the cellar restrooms. curvy….
the lights are in!!!
and many lights…
from the entrance to the mezzanine
mezzanine by the stage
four entrances in the lounge: staircase, elevator, office & terrace
so happy to see that the recessed open door detail seems to be working!
the scaffold is out!!! finally we get to see the space as large as it is…
from the side of stage
behind the bar
view from mezzanine. glass railings are in as well…
rear railing/dry bar on the sides of mezzanine
installing pipe to hold theatrical lights
inside of restroom walls
mezzanine bar patiently waiting to be finished…
in front of coatcheck
duct spaghetti on the roof
cmu corridors in cellar
curvy entrance to the restrooms done
curvy entrance to the restrooms getting it’s shape
‘verde que te quiero verde’
environmental graphic design by contractors
mezzanine ceilings ready for inspection (something to do with sprinklers i think)
ceiling panels neatly laminated and cut – this process went so slow wokers could prepare only few per day
cellar space being defined
yep cellar looks huge. but wait until we split it in small spaces… for sure we will miss few more rooms….
kitchen / restrooms wall going up
should we fill these holes in concrete or should we not fill these holes in concrete?
there is something going on on the cellar ceiling..
toilets-to-be doubling as the spray painting booth. of course we want all of those exposed ducts in black!
wall behind bar with super large tv screens. good news for all of the sports fans.
felt so tempted to get a closer shot of the floor slab casting in cellar.
all this structure (that will get covered eventually) is to hide one roof drain…
once done, this is what visitors in the office will not see
white hats at the bar
deciphering another tricky geometry
entrance area is starting to show up…
and this is how the box office wall turned up.
kudos to our carpenters for deciphering these drawings with minimal information.
so how should we build this wall?
actually not so easy since we have to fit an exit door, box office and a folded wall into a way too narrow space.
a pity we need to make this wall fire rated. would be kind of cool to have a view form restrooms down to the entrance…
bar #4 almost there
bar #4 – soon to be.
bar #3 – outside. we will need a minor correction here… carpenter, beware…
bar #3 – inside
bar #2 – you will hit this one when you enter the venue
bar #1 – building a bar strong enough to dance on it
lounge getting its final shape
this space is called ‘safe area’. for real!
and some pretty ductwork on the mezzanine…
and more pretty ductwork in the lounge.
a perfect winter day to install some windows…
standing in front of elevator door on the main floor. Stuff on the ceiling just keeps on piling up – definitely not per designer’s request.
the toilet wall without toilets and the wall…
Finally there was enough rain-free weather to finish the signage towards the subway stop. Note the green box everyone!
lounge glass-less window ready for the ‘historic’ snow blizzard
view for subway platform
nooo! my graffiti will get covered!!!
well ok. it was just a test of spray-on rubber…
and now imagine this spagetti if this was not a new building
lifting hvac units to the roof on the coldest winter day (i got almost frost bites just after snapping few photos)
mezzanine bench beta version
we just liuve cmu
bathroom walls coming up
spell check done
so where is the gold?
Steel guys taking over..
‘dunnage’ on the terrace- steel structures to hold hvac units. i wonder what would Gaudi do with them on his rooftops.
what happens when you paint the facade in the winter a day before it rains. a sure sign you will need to paint it again…
entire ceiling needs to be soundproof. meaning layers of stuff (insulation, sheetrock, plywood, air…) and all attached with special acoustical clips. a science of it’s own.
this is just plumbing for the bar on the mezzanine
exiting test of the 17 x 30′ (5.5 x 9 m) screen behind the stage at Zoom Digital Signage in San Francisco (looks even better after 1:17 minute)
entering the mezzanine through ‘safe area’
main terrace 360 degrees
lounge on terrace level. can’t wait to have a drink there….
Manhattan skyline from the highest part of the roof
digging for plumbing in the cellar (and hoping to run onto some gold)
about 30 trucks with concrete lined up during the morning to pour the main roof slab
pouring concrete beam
this is how 50 TONS of steel in one slab looks like…
all this steel will end up in beams…
who in the world thought of a slanted column??!!
columns are up. now we are in business!!!
and i got some nice beachy feeling in my sandals…
the hole gets filled back. don’t ask why…
jep, those beams have been cut in mid-air to make place for column foundation
underpinning, part 2
bracing to hold up the existing walls until the new structure is up
facade is losing the decor
the entire existing space has been stripped to the bare envelope
shifting rooms around in the search for best use of space
official demolition drawings are ready!
received schedule for fabrication of the ‘crazy’ facade wall.
facade fabrication design
started to incorporate the structure into design
working with the existing structure
the very first client presentation
model of the funky wall to find the right shape
view from the street. there is a bar on the mezzanine level behind the glass facade.
view from the stage
very first concept diagram when the idea was to only raise the roof, renovate the interiors and make something interesting with the facade
a field trip to the vacated space
the ‘refinement’ of the existing facade
the terror of the existing space
the glamour of the existing space
existing space layout:
location: LIC, NYC
year: 2011, expected completion 2013
type: PRIVATE COMMISSION
status: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
team: ARCHIPELAGOS www.archipelagos.org/