James Cohan – 48 Walker Street

One of the first major galleries to relocate from Chelsea to the new Tribeca art scene, this street level space is the fourth gallery HS2 Architecture has designed for James Cohan. The new gallery is the combination of two former retail spaces and great effort was made to design clean modern exhibition spaces that contrast with the original details of this Soho loft building. Entering the reception space from the street, you pass through a small gallery and the main gallery. Off of the main gallery is a lounge with library, executive staff area highlighted by an exposed brick building wall, original skylight and tin ceilings, and an intimate viewing room. A steel stair leads to the lower-level office and art storage spaces, which have been stripped back to expose the original brick arches.

Executive Offices – New York

This new executive office floor for a well-known global clothing brand is a delicate balance between the detail of the existing industrial space and the highly refined insertion of the new architecture. Offices are lined with Makore wood walls that float one foot away from the exterior facade clearly distinguishing between the raw architecture of the building and the new millwork walls. The interior millwork volume of the kitchen, with the dramatic red metal table, acts as the heart of the floor with offices on both sides. The demising wall to the offices is a custom-made blue steel and glass wall.   The straightforward plan layout is in stark contrast to the dramatic use of color and materials.

Working with the Swedish designers Christian and Ruxandra Halleröd, HS2 Architecture was the executive architect.

CHANEL – 57th Street

HS2 was the executive architect for the LEED Silver certified Chanel NYC flagship boutique, designed by Peter Marino Architect.

The renovation and expansion of the existing 57th Street boutique saw the flagship grow from 3 to 6 floors, with a new 6-story oversized aluminum and glass façade, completely new interiors and a monumental 4-story white marble cantilever staircase. A 60-foot-tall glass-bead necklace sculpture by the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel hangs in the stair opening, connecting the four main retail floors.

In addition to the boutique, several floors of Chanel office and showroom spaces were also built-out on the upper floors of the 16-story building.

Gramercy Park Hotel

As the design architect for the gut renovation of this hotel on Gramercy Park, we worked closely with the artist Julian Schnabel who was commissioned by the Ian Schrager Company to brand the public spaces and guest rooms with his unique vision. We created all the artwork for the custom-designed rugs in the lobby and ground-floor Rose Bar and assisted with designs for custom tables and chairs, custom carpets and all the appointments in the guest rooms such as the bed, couch, carpet and window treatments.

Ralph Lauren

We were the project architects for the Ralph Lauren flagship store, a ground-up building in Manhattan’s Upper East Side Historic District. The four-story limestone structure is noteworthy for its use of the highest quality materials and detailing: carefully crafted limestone, wrought iron, and bronze metal work, rich woodwork, and ornate plaster detailing.

Based on late nineteenth century French Beaux-Arts buildings, the design was warmly received at public hearing by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and received a Certificate of Appropriateness for meeting contextual design criteria.

The adjacent townhouse was incorporated and clad with refurbished stone. It features new, curved-wood double-hung windows, and a new limestone portico and areaway at the original entrance to the building to match historic photographs.

Polo Ralph Lauren

We were the executive architects for the Polo Ralph Lauren Fifth Avenue flagship store in the 1927 limestone “Coca-Cola Co” building. This three-story renovation housed the Polo clothing collection as well as the popular Ralph’s Coffee on the second floor. The renovation included The Polo Bar on 55th Street, Ralph Lauren’s first restaurant in New York City.

The new bronze entrance doors and storefront windows incorporated the original bronze found on the existing ground floor façade. The interiors featured meticulously-detailed stained and painted pine floors, walls and ceilings, rustic river-stone fireplaces, and machine-age inspired steel and glass elevators.