Chair patterns

Chair patterns

Chair patterns

Appropriation scenario

Accomodation scenario

Office of Architecture

612 degraw st. no. 2 | brooklyn ny 11217 | 718.643.0371 |

Boston City Hall Plaza Description

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News

June 15, 2017 – Updated drawings for Brooklyn Row House 1 are here.  Photos of the finished project coming soon!

February 3, 2017 – Brooklyn Row House is a featured in a story on Dwell.  See here.

January 26, 2017 – A story on the Watermill House on Wallpaper.com. See here.

December 8, 2016 – Final images of the Watermill House are here.

September 14, 2016 – Watermill House is nearly complete and the owners have moved in.  Final images coming soon!

April 6, 2016 – Our Kentile Kampaign postcards are published in an article by Urban Omnibus about the Axis Civitas competition.

April 1, 2016 – Brooklyn Row House 1 begins construction!  Completion is scheduled for late fall of 2016.

February 24, 2016 – OA’s OA’s Honorable Mention entry in the Axis Civitas competition is exhibited at Site:Brooklyn gallery in Gowanus, along with other winners.  See details on our entry here.

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Philosophy

Office of Architecture (OA) was established in 2012 on the premise that great spaces require the artful orchestration of vision and logistics; that ingenuity can emerge from the limits set by the hard realities of a problem; and that imagination need not belie common sense. OA engages each project with the design sensibility to envision the big idea and the professional savvy to realize its potential.

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Aniket Shahane, Principal

 

Since founding Office of Architecture in 2012, Aniket has overseen the design and execution of a variety of projects – both commissioned and speculative – that have been featured in diverse print and online publications and exhibits including Architectural Record, Dwell, ArchDaily and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Born in India, raised in the U.S., and trained as an architect in Paris, Barcelona, and New York City, Aniket brings to his work a rich set of experiences and an ability to artfully engage diverse groups of people and projects. Prior to establishing OA, Aniket trained in the offices of notable architects Enric Miralles/Benedetta Tagliabue and Joel Sanders as Designer and Project Architect on several award-winning works. He is a licensed architect in New York.

In addition to practice, Aniket is actively involved in architectural education. He currently teaches architecture studios as a Critic in the M.Arch I and M.Arch II programs at the Yale School of Architecture and is a regular invited juror on architecture reviews at Yale University, Columbia University, NYIT, Parsons, Washington University, and the California College of Arts.

Aniket received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture from Yale University, where he was awarded the Edward Parsons Medal.

 

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Team

Current / Past Team Members: Joshua Eager, Ivan Kostic, Eddie Simpson, Valentin Bansac, Stephen Maher, Tristan Walker, Brendan Pettersen

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Contact


Office of Architecture

612 degraw st. no. 2

brooklyn ny 11217

718.643.0371

[email protected]

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Boston City Hall Plaza

City Hall Plaza, with its ‘‘200,000 square feet of contiguous solid-surface’’, not only provides the flexibility to support various activities, it also carries the power to spark a sense of wonder in civic engagement. The solution to the plaza’s current problems need not be overwrought. What is required is a civic gesture that is at once generous and engaging. As the seat of local government, City Hall Plaza simply needs to offer chairs. Lots of chairs. Chairs that populate, activate, and accommodate the plaza. Chairs that can be appropriated by the city and the individual. Chairs that instigate spectacle. Chairs that create a place of repose. And chairs that take the everyday by surprise.

ACTIVATE. The solution for City Hall Plaza lies in commanding the 200,000 square feet of hardscape in such a manner as to encourage unplanned events to take place when planned events are not. 1,000 chairs across the space of the plaza is – in and of itself – that event. The chair patterns that follow are just a few suggestions for seating layout that will help artfully define and activate the space of the city.

APPROPRIATE. On any given day, the layout of 1,000 chairs begins as a highly choreographed spatial occurrence by trained staff. The plaza and the chairs are then handed over to the denizens of Boston for re-appropriation and adaptation to everyday patterns of use and movement.

ACCOMODATE. In order to accommodate existing city events, the chairs can be relocated on the plaza strategically to simultaneously provide the space required for the event as well as control security and access at the plaza. The plaza, therefore, acts as both storage space and event space.

Project Specs:

Architect: Office of Architecture; Team: Aniket Shahane, Ivan Kostic, Valentin Bansac