H3 building design featured in Contract magazine

September 13th, 2013 Comments Off on H3 building design featured in Contract magazine

inside the BAM Fisher theater design by H3 (photo from Contract magazine screenshot)

BAM Fisher theater design by H3 (photo from Contract magazine screenshot)

An article about the BAM Fisher theater in Brooklyn, NY, designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC, was recently featured in Contract, a magazine of commercial design knowledge, connecting professionals, processes, products and projects.

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Daria Pizzetta, AIA, partner, graduated from the School of Architecture in 1983 and currently serves on the Advisory Council.

H3 makes Architect magazine’s top 50

September 13th, 2013 Comments Off on H3 makes Architect magazine’s top 50

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H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC was recently honored with a ranking by Architect magazine. The firm was ranked 41 overall and ninth for design.

Daria Pizzetta, AIA, partner, graduated from the School of Architecture in 1983 and currently serves on the Advisory Council.

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H3 Hardy Collaboration featured in Architect magazine

January 31st, 2013 Comments Off on H3 Hardy Collaboration featured in Architect magazine

(From Architect, The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects)

2012 Design Review
By John Gendall
Category: Bond
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Lincoln Center Theater LCT3
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Lincoln Center Theater LCT3, by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Though its campus houses many of New York’s most preeminent performing arts institutions, Lincoln Center felt it was still missing a small theater amenable to emerging playwrights and more intimate performances. But it was also missing something else: available space to build such a theater. The dense Manhattan neighborhood wouldn’t allow any give in the campus footprint, and though there are open plazas, these have become canonical urban areas in their own right. In the end, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture settled on an unlikely solution: perching the new 23,000-square-foot Claire Tow Theater, home to Lincoln Center Theater LCT3, atop the Eero Saarinen-designed Lincoln Center Theater.

The rooftop addition rests on six concrete structural columns in the existing building, bridging the gaps between them with steel trusses. The architects punched through one of Saarinen’s concrete ceiling coffers to accommodate a channel-glass-enclosed elevator shaft, which connects the new 112-seat theater to the existing lobby. Aluminum screens prevent excessive heat gain and break up the addition’s mass. Clad in glass, the orthogonal building corresponds to Saarinen’s midcentury aesthetic beneath it. Now there are three main horizontal registers: Saarinen’s hulking concrete entablature, with the original glass curtainwall lobby directly underneath, and the new glass addition above.

”You’re messing with iconic architecture here, and the potential to go awry is huge. Yet they did a great job of being respectful of the existing building while still giving you a sense that they were trying to create something that had some identity.” —G. Martin Moeller Jr.


Project Credits
Project  Lincoln Center Theater LCT3, New York
Client  Lincoln Center Theater
Architect  H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, New York—Ariel Fausto, AIA (partner); Hugh Hardy, FAIA (founding partner); Mercedes Armillas, AIA (associate); Sara Silvestri*, Angela Chi, Margaret Sullivan (director of interiors); Lissa Evans
M/E/P/F Engineer  Arup
Structural Engineer  Severud Associates
Theater Consultant  Fisher Dachs
Acoustical Consultant  Jaffe Holden
Vertical Transportation  Van Deusen & Associates
Lighting Consultant  Fisher Marantz Stone
LEED Consultant  Ambrosino DePinto Schmieder
Code Consultant  William Vitacco Associates
Signage/Graphic Design  MTWTF
Contractor  Yorke Construction Corp.
Size  23,000 square feet
Cost  Withheld
Photographer  Francis Dzikowski/ESTO

*Sara Silvestri is a 2011 graduate of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University.

Creative Windows & Doors, Marvin Windows create opportunities for architecture students

January 24th, 2013 Comments Off on Creative Windows & Doors, Marvin Windows create opportunities for architecture students

Sara Silvestri, the 2011 scholarship winner, attended Ghost Lab 13 in Nova Scotia.

The Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Windows Fifth-Year Award was established in 2004 by Eddie Rives, owner of Creative Windows & Doors, and Marvin Schexnider and J.E. VanNatta, representatives for Marvin Windows and Doors.

Since then, the scholarship has supported student participation in the annual Ghost Summer Research Lab. Ghost is the research lab of Brian MacKay-Lyons, architect and professor at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Architecture. The two-week summer program is offered to architects, students and professors and takes place on the ruins of a nearly 400-year-old village at the MacKay-Lyons farm on the Nova Scotia coast.

Each spring, the fifth-year student with the best final project is chosen and announced as the winner of the $4,000 travel scholarship at the School of Architecture’s Recognition Day program in May.

Sara Silvestri received the award in 2011 for her thesis project which focused on the iterative process of making and designing. With the scholarship, she was able to attend Ghost Lab 13.  Ghost Lab is typically a two-week design/build internship, but Ghost 13 became a three-day international architecture conference. During the conference, renowned architects from all over came to present their work. The discussions were focused on craft, regionalism and community.

“It was a really inspiring series of lectures, and I was so lucky to participate,” said Silvestri. “They discussed things like designing responsibly and using local materials. What works in one city won’t necessarily work in another city.”

The alumna is now a junior architect at H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC in Manhattan, N.Y. The firm focuses on the design of cultural spaces such as performing arts centers, theaters, libraries and museums; Silvestri says the work she has done has been rewarding.

“Design related topics that are important to me are definitely relevant here, and I believe it shows in our work,” she said. “Our spaces impact the communities they are designed for.”

Along with the travel scholarship, Creative Windows & Doors and Marvin Windows and Doors also established the Annual Marvin Field Trip that allows fifth-year architecture students to travel to the Marvin Windows and Doors’ door factory in Ripley, Tenn., to observe the door production process. The students also tour the town square to observe several buildings, including the county courthouse that has been updated using Marvin products.

Drawing by Sara Silvestri during Ghost Lab 13

Ghost Lab 13 scenery (photos courtesy of Sara Silvestri)

Ghost Lab 13 participants. (Sara Silvestri circled)

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