Office of Architecture

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

The Kentile Kampaign 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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The Kentile Kampaign

Originally conceived as a bold advertising billboard in the 1960s for the Kentile Floor tile company, the “Kentile Floors” sign in Gowanus, Brooklyn became an unwitting symbol of the grit and resiliency of its neighborhood. The scale of the sign; its font type and colors; and its location in the city rendered it a powerful urban marker, as its silhouette commanded the backdrop of a vibrant metropolis. In the summer of 2014, much to the dismay of many, all 13 letters that comprised the sign were dismantled.

The Kentile Kampaign is a series of fictional postcards that place the 13 individual letters of the Kentile sign back into the space of New York City – the New York of our imagination as well as the city we encounter everyday. The Kampaign contends that in this city, little distinction lies between what we call banal and iconic. The Kentile sign was as meaningful a reflection of industrial Brooklyn as the Empire State building is of industrious Manhattan. The images that follow are a tribute not only to the power of a sign, but also the characters – buildings and streets, bikes and cars, signs and lights, balconies and fire escapes, the hero and the everyman – that make our cities both memorable and commonplace at once.

Note: The views, opinions, and positions expressed in the content presented here are solely of Office of Architecture and do not represent the views, opinions, or positions of any other group that may be associated with the Kentile letters.

Project Specs:

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