Fall project roundup

  1. Benches and Parasols at the MET
  2. Spatial Affairs summer Round Hill bash
  3. BridgePark model at our Richmond HQ
  4. south guard booth for the MET

With the launch of our new website, we thought this might be a good moment to look at the projects we currently have on the drawing board, on site, and recently completed. With strands of work in various locations across North America, and also in the UK, at very different scales, this is an exciting time for us.

As we move into fall 2014, we’re pleased to announce the reopening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 5th Avenue Plaza. Working under the award winning firm OLIN, Spatial Affairs were responsible for site furnishings and architecture. Spatial Affairs joined OLIN’s selected competition winning team in 2000, working also with Rick Mather USA inc. The plaza is undoubtedly now returned to being one of New York City’s most important public places. Peter and Andrew were pleased to take part in the opening ceremonies on 9 September. So if you head to the Upper East side, you’ll be able to enjoy a world class public space, and look out for 14 new monolithic stone benches and jumbo asymmetric parasols, a stealth guard booth in the trees, and a shimmering bronze one at the north. Click here for more info.

Meanwhile we’ve also been busy back in Virginia. We’ve started work on BridgePark, an new initiative to bring both people, and the urban fabric of Richmond to the historic James River. We’re currently in a stage of multiple options to weigh up what could best provide for the multiple groups now seeking out leisure activities along the river, but also those looking to commute by other means from various parts of town; watch this space… We are also now landscape architect for the new American Civil War Museum, a merger between the American Civil War Center and the Museum of the Confederacy, located at the Tredegar Iron Works historical site. Also in planning is a 16 story residential tower, designed to passive house standards, and a new courtyard garden for Washington and Lee.

We have also received an Honor Award for Design Excellency from the Virginia Chapter of the AIA for our recently completed project, Round Hill Pavilions and Landscape. Situated in a rural farm in Orange, the project creates disaggregated components of domesticity - living, dining and kitchen - with bold cuts to frame components of the landscape beyond - the pond, a single tree, the jetty…

Finally, in the domestic world work has started on renovations of a beach bungalow a bit further ‘out west’ in Venice, California for ad exec, Nick Barham, and the new studio and home for Rana Begum in London, at Bouverie Mews.