New Renderings Spotted at 421 Kent Avenue Site
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
A tipster passed along this construction fence rendering of long-stalled condo project 421 Kent Avenue, which seems to finally be getting underway after selling to Chinese developer Xinyuan Realty last year. The new rendering is a slight departure from architects' WASA/Studio A's previous drawings—gone are the brick portions, and the difference between the ground-floor and upper-floor windows is more stark. Once completed, the building is going to have 215 units, some of which may or may not include private pools. http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/12/11/new_renderings_spotted_at_421_kent_avenue_site.php
Kapell opens new firm
Martin Kapell, until recently a partner at WASA/Studio A, has opened a new architecture office in Hudson Square called think! architecture and design.
Although think! is committed to the general practice of architecture, it is currently designing several multi-family residential projects.
Among these are 267 Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights, a 125,000 square foot, 165-unit rental building in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, and 421 Kent Avenue, an ultra-high-end 440,000 square foot, 216-unit condominium in Williamsburg.
The firm is also building on Kapell’s expertise in the design of performance spaces with current projects at La Mama, the off-Broadway theater company, and the recently completed master plan for Symphony Space.
Kapell has been working as an architect in New York since the early 1980’s, first as a partner at Kapell & Kostow Architects, then in collaboration with Charles Tannhauser and Jack Esterson at TEK.
For the last eight years, he has been the senior design partner at WASA/Studio A
think! has established an ongoing joint venture with the Spector Groupto pursue larger projects. The two firms are already working together on several jobs. http://www.rew-online.com/2013/12/11/building-roundup-mw-gensler-and-think/