In our blogs, we like to mention who the architecture firms are designing Brooklyn’s many new projects.
SHoP Architects started with their first New York City office in Murray Hill with a few commissions under their belt. Then, all of a sudden, they were chosen to do the Barclay Center project in Brooklyn, NY. Their design for Barclay Center was widely accepted as bold and innovative and in the words of developer Michael Stern of JDS “I loved the design and I thought it took a lot of balls”.
Stern then hired SHoP Architects to design the 2 copper clad towers, The American Copper buildings at 626 First Avenue in Manhattan.
From that point on, SHoP architects has over the last 10 years completed 30 projects, with 19 currently under construction and another 25 in the design phase.
Some of SHoP Architects amazing projects are Stern’s 111 West 57th Street tower, Two Trees Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment, Pier 17 at South Street Sea Port, Sterns 9 Dekalb Avenue and others.
SHoP Architects hasn’t just created innovative designs, they have reinvented the role of the architect by sometimes investing in their own projects and they have carved out a unique niche using high tech digital software to design and manufacture materials.
The 5 partners who founded SHoP are William & Coren Sharples, Chris Sharples (William’s twin brother), Gregg Pasquarelli & Kimberly Holden. They met at Columbia University’s Architecture program in the 1990’s.
The Meatpacking District warehouse to condo conversion, The Porter House, was one of the firm’s first major New York projects.
Now, with 200 on staff, located in The Woolworth Building, surprisingly, SHoP Architects operates with a collaborative process rather than the way that it’s starchitect counterparts do.
Forrest City CEO Mary anne Gilmartin says that “despite its growth the firm maintains its scrappy boutique vibe”. “their only obstacle is their own growth”.
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