Before and After: Queens Theater In The Park


The 1964 World’s Fair ushered in an era of progress, invention and excitement for the future. The fair deeply influenced popular culture and the aesthetics of everything from architecture and interior design to amusement parks and science fiction films. Four decades later, the fairgrounds stand as a modern relic.

We wanted to share an interior transformation recently completed on Queens Theater in the Park. PKSB Architects worked with DDC and Queens Theatre in the Park to revitalize the existing circular lobby. A circular-inspired carpet, designed by PKSB, evokes the geometry of the new lobby. PKSB’s interventions elevate the existing facility to match the quality of the recent Caples-Jefferson addition and restore the spirit of the original “Theaterama”, designed by venerated modernist architect, Philip Johnson.

Reservations at the TWA Hotel

The TWA Hotel inside Eero Saarinen's JFK Airport terminal is now open for reservations.

New York-based firms Lubrano Ciavarra Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle contributed to the vast renovation and extension to the structure. Inside, INC Architecture & Design designed the event spaces, while Stonehill Taylor designed the guestrooms.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), which operates JFK Airport, hotel owner-operator MCR and developer Morse were also involved in the efforts to revitalize the iconic landmarked building.

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New Research Studios on Climate Change and Water Management at Tulane’s School of Architecture


Tulane’s School of Architecture announced a series of multi-year Research Studios earlier this month that will debut in the fall of 2019, each designed to address environmental issues and climate change.

Former PKSB Associate, Kentaro Tsubaki, AIA who now is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academics at Tulane School of Architecture will cover the following Research Studio. Resilience Reinforced: Architectural precast concrete systems addressing the regional water infrastructure challenges.

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PKSB Project Featured in New Landmarks Guidelines

LPC has released new guidelines for storefronts in historic districts. Featured on the guide’s front cover is PKSB’s restorative wood and glass storefront design at 373 Bleecker Street.


This is a helpful new resource for building owners and retail tenants who want to understand the agency’s rules and regulations. We encourage our clients to check it out!

The Private Lives of Public Schools

A recent article written by Susanne Schindler on Urban Omnibus (A Publication of the Architectural League of New York) questions - When it comes to building schools, a little-known entity with radical roots has had an outsize effect on the city’s skyline. How can the Educational Construction Fund adapt an experimental ethos to changing times?

The article highlights two of PKSBs projects: the Keith Plaza and Kelly Tower in the Bronx and PS/IS 89 on (Warren Street) which are included in the (Educational Construction Fund) ECF matrix of images.

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The auditorium at PS 205 Fiorello LaGuardia, part of the Keith Plaza & Kelly Tower development.

The auditorium at PS 205 Fiorello LaGuardia, part of the Keith Plaza & Kelly Tower development.

Keith Plaza & Kelly Tower.

Keith Plaza & Kelly Tower.

PS/IS 89, 201 Warren Street, Manhattan. Completed 1998

PS/IS 89, 201 Warren Street, Manhattan. Completed 1998

Additionally, two schools are currently in the works with the New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA). PS 101 K, The Verrazano School in Brooklyn currently in construction scheduled to be completed this fall and PS 340 X is in the works, completion to be expected in 2021.

PS 101 K. The Verrazano School. To be completed in Fall 2019

PS 101 K. The Verrazano School. To be completed in Fall 2019

PS 101 K. The Verrazano School. To be completed in Fall 2019

PS 101 K. The Verrazano School. To be completed in Fall 2019

Ranking of most active architects in special Soho/Noho district


PKSB Architects ranked number 6 with $11.9 million with 27 filings in 17 buildings.

Principal, Sherida Paulsen, a former Landmarks Preservation Commission chair, was the filing representative for all the applications the firm submitted.

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The Ori Studio Suite

The Ori Studio Suite redefines the idea of compact urban living. The Ori Studio Suite allows you to reconfigure your space at the touch of a button, creating a cozy sleeping room when you need it, and opening up the living area when you don’t. Plus the Ori Studio Suite provides ample storage space .

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Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland

Glenstone is a contemporary modern art museum located in Potomac, Maryland. This 230 acre museum offers guests an intimate experience with the art, architecture and landscape. The original Gallery designed by Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects was open to the public in 2006. Glenstone underwent a major expansion of its museum and landscape to accommodate a larger portion of its art collection to the public. The 2018 expansion added 50,000 square feet of gallery space in a 204,000 square foot museum structure called "The Pavilions", which was designed by American architect Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer and Partners.


The expansion also added 130 acres of land, with the museum buildings located toward the center of the 230 acre property. The landscape, designed by Adam Greenspan and Peter Walker of PWP Landscape Architecture incorporates woodlands, bridges, walking paths and wildflower meadows. The design included the planting of more than 6,000 trees of 55 native species. The Water Court is planted with water lilies, irises and rushes, creating a vibrant landscape that changes throughout the seasons.

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Before and After: Howard Street SoHo

We wanted to share another streetscape transformation recently completed on Howard Street in the SoHo Cast Iron District. PKSB designed a new historically inspired storefront for this notable James Renwick building. The entire cast iron and marble facade was cleaned and repainted and new wood windows were installed at the upper floors.

Everson Museum of Art by IM Pei in Syracuse, New York

The Building

By Frank Sherman (The American Institute of Architects)

I.M. Pei designed the Everson Museum of Art to be a grand sculptural object sitting in a plaza, surrounded by the forms of the modern city. He rejected the traditional notion that a museum needed to be a monumental container for art and decided it ought to be a sculptural work of art itself. This allowed him to design a building that could be experienced as sculpture.We experience sculpture in three dimensions by moving around it. Sculpture is meant to be seen from multiple viewpoints over a period of time. I.M. Pei wants us to see his building from multiple viewpoints, to move around it, and to discover its forms and spaces. He wants us to discover how to enter the building and be delighted by the spaces we find.

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Phillips Exeter Academy Library by Louis Kahn, Exeter, New Hampshire

In 1965 Louis I. Kahn was commissioned by the Phillips Exeter Academy to design a library for the school. The Academy had been planning the new library for fifteen years but were consistently disappointed with the designs that the hired architects and committee were proposing.

The beauty in the architecture of the first floor, however, is what gave the Exeter Library its fame. This main floor reaches 70 feet in height and soaks in natural light from a clerestory at the top of this space and from large expanses of glass on the north and west sides. From this 50 foot square space visitors can spot metal bookstacks and readers seven levels above through large holes punctured perfectly into the walls, almost touching at the corners where the walls square off.

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PKSB's Design Proposal for The Gateways of Chinatown

Gateways to Chinatown is a design competition organized by the NYC Department of Transportation, Chinatown Partnership and Van Alen Institute.

PKSB’s proposal explores the idea of a “gateway” as a threshold between two spaces. The design explores the form of a single wall and utilizes its double-sided nature to create a multifaceted lens through which the city can be viewed.

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The form is abstracted from traditional Chinese garden walls which include various openings called “leak windows.” Leak windows are intended to frame a specific view and are each unique in size, shape and patterning. In both the garden setting and in an urban setting, the objects beyond the window are constantly changing. In this sense, the openings become “living pictures” – ever-changing glimpses into the world beyond.

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The wall’s composition locates openings strategically to frame views to the natural and built environment. Carefully carved slots allow vegetation to grow through, over, and around the wall. In this sense, the wall, like the urban fabric, is constantly changing. Smaller openings in the wall can house digital screens that would be interactive and provide information and history on the immediate neighborhood.

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The major urban design move is the creation of an open plaza at the western end of the triangle where the current pavilion sits. The 5 gingko trees are relocated to the southern edge of the site within a planting strip directly opposite the storefronts on Walker Street. At the widest portion of the plaza, the existing pavilion is removed and replaced with a true pedestrian gathering space. In this location, we propose an interpretive map of the Chinatown/Little Italy area that would be cast into the concrete paving with selective lighting opportunities. The walking surface becomes interactive while maintaining an openness sufficient to accommodate larger groups of people. The key map will highlight the other “gateways” within the area and will provide wayfinding to each.

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The gateway wall is a folded steel plate structure which can be largely fabricated in smaller sections off-site. The metal plates would be finished in a high endurance coating with vibrant colors that reference the brightness and vitality found in the surrounding shop fronts.


Painted in contrasting colors on either side, the wall transforms depending on the visitor’s viewpoint. Each side provides a unique experience and perspective. Each opening in the wall provides a unique window into the past and present life of the site. The design reminds us that when varying ideas, beliefs, and backgrounds converge, the result can be beautiful and inspirin.

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ViviTela Mesh Brings the Rich Look of Woven Metal to Glass by Forms+Surfaces

Woven materials have wide appeal but can be difficult to clean and maintain. Forms+Surfaces has a solution with ViviTela Mesh, in which precise patterns laminated between lites of glass result in a beautiful, enduring product.

Five patterns can each be specified in six colours – Stainless Steel, Bronze, Graphite, Nickel Bronze, Nickel Silver and White Gold

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