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Frank Oudeman

ARCHITECTURE MERIT

A/D/O

nARCHITECTS
BROOKLYN, NY
A/D/O, an initiative of BMW/MINI, is a creative space dedicated
to exploring the boundaries of design. Named after the Amalgamated
Drawing Office, the team that designed the first MINI in 1959,
A/D/O is billed as a new platform for designers of multiple disciplines to collaborate. It hosts events and exhibitions, design education
programs, free communal workspace, a fabrication lab, a design shop,
an outdoor gallery, and a 180-seat restaurant. And not one car is on
display. In the tradition of its namesake, the building also hosts an
accelerator, which supports startups working on products and services
to improve urban life.
Guided by the concept of "remixing," the interior spaces blend together to create variable connections, as opposed to dividing the
former 23,000-square-foot warehouse into different zones or, conversely, creating a continuous, undifferentiated space. The transformation of the exterior of the one-story building is an example of remixing,
too, as existing elements, such as graffiti-covered bricks, are maintained
and contrasted with new materials. A triangular-shaped section of the
former opaque fa├žade was removed and replaced by full-height glazing.
This intervention created an inviting new main entry, and offers those
inside wide expansive views down the street. The focal point of the
building is a periscope skylight that reflects the skylines of Brooklyn
and Manhattan, combining them into a single horizon and then projecting the kaleidoscopic images onto the event space below. Custom
reconfigurable furniture was designed by the firm to blur the lines
between tables and chairs - and even a stage. Since it opened, the space
has become a favorite place for local arts and design organizations to
hold benefits and festivals.

nARCHITECTS Design Team
Eric Bunge, AIA, Mimi Hoang, AIA, Ammr Vandal,
RA, LEED AP, Amanda Morgan, AIA, LEED AP,
Kyong Kim, Thomas Heltzel, David Mora, Daniel
Katebini-Stengel, Gabrielle Marcoux, Jin Jin Chiu,
Georgia Williams, Zach Walters, Brian Chen, Liwei
Wang, Geraldine Vargas, Grisha Enikolopov
Collaborators
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, OLA Consulting Engineers,
AKRF, Lumen Architecture, Barrett Builders, HUX
HUX, Jack Callahan Consulting, Jacobs Doland Beer

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards

Letter from the President
Introduction
Best in Competition
De Maria Pavilion
Main: East Side Lofts
INTERIORS Honor
The Met Breuer
PROJECTS Honor
Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
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