Architizer features Andrew Franz Architect

We are thrilled to be featured on Architizer.com. Check out the article to learn more about AFA’s take on how the current pandemic is accelerating the evolution of the home as a workplace, and how the future of offices as we knew them may be forever changed.

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Silver Linings: Rediscovering Home

As the home becomes the epicenter of life for so many Americans, domestic design and architecture is in the spotlight now more than ever. This crisis is not only revalidating the importance of having a home to go to in times like this, but it is asking us to question the nature of our dwellings — whether they are comfortable, functional, efficient, and even inspiring to us. With eyes open for "silver linings" in this time of social distancing, we're reacquainting ourselves with the things we value most about HOME. 

AFA redesigns East Harlem Community Center

Reflecting our continued expansion into cultural and institutional markets, Andrew Franz Architect has been engaged for a second time by Union Settlement, this time to design a major renovation of the Washington Houses Community Center, an 11,000-square-foot, one-story facility with multiple uses located in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood. 

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Introducing the AFA blog!

We’re hopping on the train and starting a blog. We’ve spoken about it internally for many months: “Why? What? How? For whom? From what perspective?“ There are already so many out there.

However, it was in reading last summer that I felt inspired to commit to the purpose. There is no obvious thread or reason here, but I felt inspired. It wasn’t his projects or resume that spoke to me; it was his person, philosophy and process.  While I never worked with him and only met him once, his documented approach and the anecdotes of his process resonated deeply, describing the spirit in which we approach the process of design and the built environment.

Nashville Mixed-Use Building Construction Progress

We are in the middle of construction for this mixed-use building located in downtown Nashville adjacent to the trendy Gulch neighborhood. The project is the renovation of the second floor loft living space and a new rooftop addition with two exterior wood decks for outdoor living and entertaining.

Tenth Avenue Loading Dock and Lobby nears Completion

Construction is nearing completion for this freight entrance and loading dock renovation project. Responding to a shift in user patterns in this converted Beaux Arts manufacturing building following the extension of the #7 subway line to nearby Hudson Yards, we repurposed the back of house entry into a second pedestrian lobby, separating the still-active loading dock area from the newly adopted tenant access with a new glass and steel partitions.

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“The Future of the Office is Open”

In a recent Commercial Architecture article, Andrew Franz discusses the future of office design. Though he believes the open-plan office is here to stay, he thinks it’s a matter of finding the right balance and to incorporate a variety of more intimate spaces to accommodate different working modes.

New Associate

Andrew Franz Architect is pleased to announce the promotion of Anne Mason Kemper to the level of Associate. This new appointment responds to AFA’s growth into cultural, institutional, and commercial markets, as well as new large-scale commissions for residential clients. Congratulations Anne!

Hill Office recognized as an Interior Design BoY Awards Finalist

We are thrilled to announce that our Hill Office is recognized as a 2018 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Finalist in the Office Renovation category! This project restores and modernizes a former publisher’s executive suite in a 1913 Beaux-Arts building near Manhattan’s Hudson Yards neighborhood into a connected and transparent workplace. Read more about this project's transformation here.

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A new shared house in Upstate NY

Andrew Franz Architect is designing a new, shared house in the hills of Upstate New York.  This high-performance house is built as two volumes around a central, lodgelike shared space, which serves the two families along with extended guests.

East End House substantial completion

The East End House, a serene, year-round retreat nestled into the landscape, reached substantial completion this past summer. We can't wait to see the house next summer when the landscaping is in full bloom!

Flatiron Loft under construction

This full-floor loft with a new rooftop addition and terrace is one of several projects now under construction. AFA’s design for this gut renovation features a porous terracotta-screened cube that organizes the otherwise open interior. A new steel-and-wood stair provides access to the outdoor space.

Hill Office shortlisted for World Interior News Awards

We are thrilled that our recently completed Hill Office project is shortlisted for the World Interior News Awards in the Workspace Interiors category! The winners will be announced at the annual WIN Awards taking place on Monday 19 November at the London Hilton Bankside. 

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AFA in the New York Times

Andrew Franz comments on the benefits of green roofs in the New York Times article "The Living Roof Takes Root". Read the article here.

AFA hiring Intermediate Architectural Designer

Come work with us! Andrew Franz Architect is always looking for talented, enthusiastic, and dedicated people to join our team. We are currently hiring an Intermediate Architectural Designer (3 or more years of professional experience).

Construction moving along for East End House

Construction is moving along for this house on Long Island's east end. Perched on a bluff overlooking the water, this will be a serene year-round retreat. The design incorporates regional materials and minimal massing in response to the fragile location while passive house strategies such as natural ventilation will create a low impact building.

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Construction underway for East End House

With the foundation in place and the steel going in, construction is moving along for this year-round retreat on Long Island’s East End. This new two-story house is slated for completion in the summer of 2018. 

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Completed! House on Martha's Vineyard

This new seaside house on Martha’s Vineyard was conceived as a casual and comfortable modern cottage. The home is inspired by the spirit of Victorian beachside cottage vernacular with an overlay of Scandinavian modernism and responds to the sundrenched light and calming views of the beach and meadow. We are thrilled to share a few images!

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Design completed for new Long Island House

Perched on a bluff overlooking the water, this house on Long Island’s East End will be a serene year-round retreat. The living spaces are designed to open outwards toward cool breezes and lapping waves during summer, or orient inwards toward warm, soft cedar paneling and a cozy two-sided fireplace in winter. A green roof will provide visual reward and environmental benefit. 

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AFA is hiring!

Andrew Franz Architect is always looking for talented, enthusiastic, and dedicated people to join our team. We are currently hiring for an Architectural Designer with 2-3 years of professional experience.

Construction underway for Hill Office

Construction is underway! This historic double-height loft penthouse in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards neighborhood is being transformed into a bright and distinctive open workplace. Stay tuned.

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AFA featured in two new books

June 2016 - AFA featured in two new publications:

"Kaleidoscope - Living in Color and Patterns" by Gestalten. See the feature here.

"Living Roofs" by teNeues. See the feature here.

Hill Office - construction start

After an intense but rewarding year of design, construction will commence in the first quarter of 2016 for this workplace project. This renovation will transform a 35,000 square-foot double-height space in a historic west side building into a large, collaborative workplace.

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Fish Bar at North River Landing

We're thrilled to be working with New York Cruise Lines, Inc. on Fish Bar at North River Landing, a new floating lounge and restaurant.

The three-story indoor-outdoor venue is housed within a 10,000-square-foot yacht located at Pier 81 on the Hudson River. Adjacent to the burgeoning Hudson Yards and midtown west neighborhoods, Pier 81 represents the culmination of developments along the Hudson River serving this new and growing neighborhood of young professionals, residents and visitors alike.

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