MELROSE BALLROOM construction

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week to week updates on the progress of the venue construction

12/14/13

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soft opening night

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12/07/13

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ready for pre-opening party

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busy bar…

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12/06/13

DONE!!!!

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some official pr photos (by Mike M.)

11/23/13

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“All the world’s a stage”

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I just love it when light and shadow do the design

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fine tuning lighting

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fine tuning theatrical equipment

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fine tuning the stage

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mezzanine

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‘pink que te quiero pink’. crushed berries color to be precise….

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mezzanine bar

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lounge bar with all equipment installed.

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cellar entrance to the bathrooms and coatcheck

10/25/13

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facade: done! at least the top part…

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looking three floors up in the entrance vestibule

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entrance ramp and the green folded wall with the box office behind

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raised area by the exit doors with the spaghetti of pipes and cables behind the mesh-y ceiling.

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main space from the balcony next to the stage – final touch-ups

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mezzanine bar getting dressed up. with zinc.

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upstairs lounge. note the shiny polished concrete floor!

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concrete pavers on the terrace. smokers will be happy.

08/22/13

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yep, this is exposed concrete in america…

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entrance ramp substructure

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on a balcony/bridge

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we have gold walls!!

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stair #1: green

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toilets are up.

08/03/13

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finally there is some facade

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best seat in the house

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rigging points! not lights this time…

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entering the cellar restrooms.  curvy….

07/18/13

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the lights are in!!!

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and many lights…

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from the entrance to the mezzanine

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mezzanine by the stage

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four entrances in the lounge: staircase, elevator, office & terrace

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so happy to see that the recessed open door detail seems to be working!

06/20/13

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the scaffold is out!!! finally we get to see the space as large as it is…

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from the side of stage

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behind the bar

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view from mezzanine. glass railings are in as well…

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rear railing/dry bar on the sides of mezzanine

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installing pipe to hold theatrical lights

06/01/13

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inside of restroom walls

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mezzanine bar patiently waiting to be finished…

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in front of coatcheck

05/11/13

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duct spaghetti on the roof

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cmu corridors in cellar

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curvy entrance to the restrooms done

04/23/13

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curvy entrance to the restrooms getting it’s shape

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‘verde que te quiero verde’
waterproofing actually

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environmental graphic design by contractors

04/17/13

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mezzanine ceilings ready for inspection (something to do with sprinklers i think)

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ceiling panels neatly laminated and cut – this process went so slow wokers could prepare only few per day

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cellar space being defined

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04/10/13

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yep cellar looks huge. but wait until we split it in small spaces… for sure we will miss few more rooms….

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kitchen / restrooms wall going up

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should we fill these holes in concrete or should we not fill these holes in concrete?

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there is something going on on the cellar ceiling..

04/05/13

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.

03/28/13

all this structure (that will get covered eventually) is to hide one roof drain…

03/26/13

once done, this is what visitors in the office will not see

03/19/13

white hats at the bar

deciphering another tricky geometry

03/14/13

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entrance area is starting to show up…

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and this is how the box office wall turned up.
kudos to our carpenters for deciphering these drawings with minimal information.

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03/07/13

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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.

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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…

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bar #4 almost there

03/04/13

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

02/28/13

bar #1 – building a bar strong enough to dance on it

lounge getting its final shape

02/21/13

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…

02/14/13

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!

02/07/13

and now for some very organized ducts and pipes…

lounge glass-less window ready for the ‘historic’ snow blizzard

02/04/13

full-speed soundproofing

view for subway platform

01/31/13

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

01/24/13

lifting hvac units to the roof on the coldest winter day (i got almost frost bites just after snapping few photos)

01/18/13

mezzanine bench beta version

01/17/13

we just liuve cmu

01/15/13

bathroom walls coming up

01/14/13

construction art

01/10/13

spell check done

01/09/13

construction scrabble

01/07/13

so where is the gold?

01/03/13

Steel guys taking over..

12/31/12

‘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

12/20/12

12/18/12

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)

12/13/12

entering the mezzanine through ‘safe area’

main terrace 360 degrees

11/28/12

lounge on terrace level. can’t wait to have a drink there….

11/09/12

Manhattan skyline from the highest part of the roof

digging for plumbing in the cellar (and hoping to run onto some gold)

10/23/12

about 30 trucks with concrete lined up during the morning to pour the main roof slab

pouring concrete beam

10/22/12

this is how 50 TONS of steel in one slab looks like…

10/11/12

all this steel will end up in beams…

10/04/12

09/27/12

who in the world thought of a slanted column??!!

09/06/12

09/04/12

07/19/12

07/12/12

columns are up. now we are in business!!!
and i got some nice beachy feeling in my sandals…

07/09/12

07/05/12

06/28/12

06/21/12

06/14/12

06/07/12

05/31/12

the hole gets filled back. don’t ask why…

05/17/12

day off

05/03/12

04/12/12

04/05/12

jep, those beams have been cut in mid-air to make place for column foundation

03/29/12

underpinning, part 2

03/08/12

bracing to hold up the existing walls until the new structure is up

02/06/12

underpinning

12/20/11

facade is losing the decor

the entire existing space has been stripped to the bare envelope

12/07/10

shifting rooms around in the search for best use of space

12/01/10
official demolition drawings are ready!

11/16/10
acoustic studies

11/08/10

received schedule for fabrication of the ‘crazy’ facade wall.

11/04/10
facade fabrication design

11/01/10

started to incorporate the structure into design

10/25/10
working with the existing structure

side mezzanins splitting into more levels

10/21/10
the very first client presentation

one split mezzanine level on the sides and two levels at the back

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

10/13/10

facade

structure inspirations

10/08/10
very first concept diagram when the idea was to only raise the roof, renovate the interiors and make something interesting with the facade

09/15/10
first ideas

EXISTING SPACE

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/

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