We are an architectural design firm based in NYC, founded in 1987.
We focus on design for the public, with an emphasis on cultural, educational and institutional projects.
August 1, 2016
Our latest project, a Pre-K in Gravesend Brooklyn, is undergoing construction.
We were inspired by the poem The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur:
“Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's laws wrong,
it learned to walk without having feet.
Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams;
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else even cared.”
The Rose that grew from Concrete
A school renovation for Pre-K.
A community of children and teachers located across the street from an elevated train line and a sanitation industrial garbage dumping ground.
An opportunity to create for young bodies and minds.
A place of natural light.
A place of magic, serenity and fantasy.
A place for the young to imagine.
A place of rooms and meeting spaces scaled for intimacy with light and its ever changing patterns, delight, dark, soft, hard and shadows.
The forecourt - a garden in the concrete - begins the architectural sequence. A metaphor for the potential of all young bodies and minds.