August 25, 2017 – Final images of Brooklyn Row House 1 are here.
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.
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.
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.
Current / Past Team Members: Joshua Eager, Ivan Kostic, Eddie Simpson, Valentin Bansac, Stephen Maher, Tristan Walker, Brendan Pettersen
Office of Architecture
612 degraw st. no. 2
brooklyn ny 11217
DRAMA, PRAGMATISM AND THE PROMISE OF I-405.
“As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.”
Woody Guthrie, This Land is Your Land, 1945.
Though easy to dismiss as a cold, brutal, and underused resource, we prefer to see the underside of I-405 as a near-great architectural asset. Virtually thirty feet in height, capped by a concrete ceiling, and lit with a crack of natural light, the space is almost heroic. Its current status as an active weekday parking lot only partially taps its potential as a versatile urban room. What is needed here is a strategy of relatively simple aesthetic
improvements and programmatic rethinking that will leverage the highway’s existing formal and functional features in order to transform its underbelly into a dynamic public hall.
Using multiple layers of full-height sheer and acoustical blackout curtains hung from I-405’s edge, our proposal looks to elegantly wrap and emphatically claim the void underneath. The sliding drapes manipulate light, views, and sound while providing a strong visual identity from the interior and exterior. Conserving the current weekday parking function in this new enclosure is important as it maintains a useful resource for those who work in the Pearl District and the NW Alphabet neighborhood. Upgrading the existing ground surface with a polished concrete finish – in conjunction with the curtains – elevates the everyday act of car storage into a ritual less ordinary. Moreover, on weeknights and weekends when empty of cars, the revamped floor plane serves as a large, flat, flexible urban stage for other activities. The stage, together with the drapes, can be configured to achieve a range of atmospheres and support a variety of programs. Nightclub, restaurant, market, soup kitchen, church, and theater can pop in and out to serve as temporal local amenities.
Years of ignoring the latent opportunities on this site has condemned I-405 to be perceived as an urban mistake – an infrastructure that ruthlessly divides cities and neighborhoods. Yet this notion can be reversed by recognizing that a ribbon of concrete designed to move cars can be just as productive and dynamic below as it is above. Harnessing its inherent strengths, both spatially and programmatically, will help finally fulfill the architectural promise of the interstate as more than just a vehicle-mover, but also a dramatic civic venue for people.
Architect: Office of Architecture; Team: Aniket Shahane, Principal; Ivan Kostic, Valentin Bansac