In celebration of architecture, urban design, and New York City, we were honored to take part in this year’s Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend! From project tours to a behind-the-scenes look into our firm, Dattner Architects was excited to share our passion, commitment, and holistic approach to making our city better through distinctive and innovative design.
Every October, OHNY provides unprecedented access to more than 250 buildings and projects across New York City’s five boroughs. As part of that effort, we were proud to provide tours through some of our most high-profile and award-winning projects, including the Hub and the Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage & Spring Street Salt Shed.
Team members from Dattner Architects led four tour groups through the Hub, our much-anticipated mixed-use residential building in Downtown Brooklyn. Winner of the Building Brooklyn Residential High-Rise Award – celebrating the best built and renovation buildings in the borough – the Hub is currently the tallest building in Brooklyn and features over 40,000 square feet of amenities.
The design team led visitors from the Hub’s lobby to the amenities floor and up to the penthouse and Sky Lounge. With floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the apartments, OHNY attendees were impressed with the expansive views of the New York Harbor and Manhattan skyline. From the 75-foot three-lane lap pool and the lushly landscaped sundeck to the media room and fully-equipped gym, the diversity of amenities was a hot topic of conversation. Overall, every group was excited and engaged, creating a relaxed and fun environment.
Back in Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River, we were joined by WXY and NYC Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) Assistant Chief Keith Mellis to tour OHNY Weekenders through the award-winning Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed. These two iconic structures always elicit great enthusiasm from visitors, and it is rewarding for our designers to share in that passion while on these tours.
Moreover, the DSNY is a part of every New Yorker’s every day existence, but the garbage collection process is not well known to the public. Therefore, these tours not only serve as an opportunity for us to demonstrate the value of these infrastructure facilities and their presence in the community, but also for DSNY to explain their processes and workflow.
Open Studio at Dattner Architects
This year, OHNY provided access to not only projects, but also to studios and offices of some of the city’s leading architects and designers. On Sunday, October 14, we opened our doors to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how we approach civic architecture. From who we are and where we work to what we do and why we do it, our goal was to convey both our passion for architecture and our commitment to enriching the built environment.
Along our studio pin-up wall, we showcased a select group of works-in-progress, including 116th Precinct Station House, WSFSSH at West 108, and Scarsdale Public Library. In addition, the conference rooms exhibited our competition entries and award submissions, like our recently awarded Plasma Power: Getting to Zero Waste in the New Millennium.