Sound Off: Variety in the Workplace

Are cubicles dead? If so, where should we work? Variety has become an important part of modern office design – providing many places for workers to go through the day to fit the task at hand. Office workers are no longer stuck in one place. Some of the best new office layouts cater to a variety of tasks.

Corporate Row grand dame getting a facelift

APF Properties announced that 1156 Avenue of the Americas, the 1911-vintage 84,000 s/f office loft building unique among its skyscraper neighbors on Sixth Avenue’s “Corporate Row” is undergoing a comprehensive modernization.

The Plan: 1156 Avenue of the Americas

The Plan: 1156 Avenue of the Americas

A Midtown building constructed in the early part of the 20th century is getting upgraded for the 21st. APF Properties will implement a four-month, $4 million renovation by Sydness Architects at its 1156 Avenue of the Americas property starting next month, APF Principal Kenneth Aschendorf told Commercial Observer.

Architecture firms venture abroad

When Small Firms Venture Abroad

“K. Jeffries (Jeff) Sydness, AIA, principal in Sydness Architects…says that a staff of 10 to 15 is ideal for taking on foreign jobs of any scale. ‘Be lean and mean so you can do what you want without all the overhead,’ says Sydness, who did numerous international projects with his former firm, Johnson Burgee Architects.”

historical restoration

Five Steps to Successful Historical Restoration

“…Jeff Sydness, AIA, and George Chin, AIA, principals with Sydness Architects of New York, turned to knowledgeable advisors
when they began working on the restoration of the exterior and primary public interior spaces of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, an elegant, 1901 neo-classical landmark located on Central Park West at 68th Street in New York City.”

Residential building at the corner of East 49th St. and Second Avenue

Sydness Architects and Continental Finance Corp. constructing…

” ‘Corner sites are a rare and welcome opportunity for both developers and architects,’ said the building’s architect Jeff Sydness of Sydness Architects, formerly a partner with John Burgee Architects and its predecessor firm Johnson Burgee, founded by Philip Johnson. ‘Developers know that condo buyers are willing to pay a premium for the panoramic views a corner allows. And in New York City, it’s not often that an architect can create more than one facade, so we welcome the challenge. For us, the most direct and compelling solution was a continuous, curved facade that lends a monumental quality.’ “

mixed-use community

Sydness Architects Designs 24-Story Mixed Use Project in NYC

“Sydness Architects has designed The Alexander, a 24-story mixed-use community located at 250 East 49th St. in Manhattan. The curved glass tower, which will have a luxury apartment component, will rise from a five-story podium scaled to respect the residential block’s masonry-clad buildings. New York-based developer Continental Finance Corp. is currently building the project. The community, situated on the corner of East 49th Street and Second Avenue, is expected to be completed in 2009.”

Sydness Architects Designs Northwest Arkansas’ First Luxury Condo Complex

“Sydness Architects has designed Northern Arkansas’ first luxury condo complex, consisting of three buildings and rising 15 stories tall. Located on Beaver Lake, the 170-acre project is scheduled to break ground in early 2008, and the first building is slated for occupancy in mid 2008, George Chin, project manager/architect with Sydness, told MHN. Named Grandview Heights, the complex will include 360 condominium residences. One-, two- and three-bedroom units will range from 1,500 to over 3,000 square feet. E & S Development and Properties LLC, based in New York, is the project developer.”

first church of christ scientist, The New York Times

First Church of Christ, Scientist; 2 Congregations Unite, and No. 2 Becomes No. 1

“Now the architect Jeff Sydness has begun a restoration project at Second Church that he says will cost several million dollars. The copper dome has leaks, and a great black net is rigged underneath it in the sanctuary. The facade needs cleaning to remove rust stains — from old pigeon deterrents — and other soil. The huge stained-glass windows will be removed and reinforced, and the great skylight under the dome will get artificial illumination.”

Shanghai St. Regis hotel design

Shanghai Surprise

“If Starwood Hotels and Resorts wanted to make a splah introducing the St. Regis grand to the bustling Shanghai market last summer, it undoubtedly found just the right vehicle. Located in the booming Pudong area, the year-old St. Regis tower is unmistakably elegant, its gently curved peaks set at different heights pointing in opposite directions toward the sky…..”

Luxury hotels by Architectural digest

Shanghai’s St. Regis, Theatrically Grand and Thoroughly Gracious

“If Chairman Mao could see what is happening in Shaghai today, his well preserved body would spin in its casket. For this great trading city, once known as Paris of the East, has returned to its capitalist roots and is busily reinventing itself… The turnaround has resulted in an influx of international luxury hotels, and the St. Regis Shanghai, the latest branch of the St. Regis hotel chain, has swiftly won acclaim….”

The Best New Business Hotels of 2001 by Forbes.

The Best New Business Hotels of 2001

“Shanghai is one of the fastest-growing business centers in the world, and the latest entrant in the race to provide luxury accommodations to visiting executives is the St. Regis. Located in the central business district of Pudong, the St. Regis aims to bring to Shanghai the level of service that has made its New York flagship one of the best in the U.S…”

Places to Live, to Work, and to Shop

“Sydness Architects designed the renovation of the J.P Morgan Investment Management Group’s offices at 522 Fifth Avenue. (When Jeff Sydness was a principal at Swanke Hayden Connell, the project was awarded to the firm in an invited design competition between four New York Architects. Sydness continued work on it after he formed his own firm.) The new design reduces the existing first-floor arcade to a tree-bay entrance portico flank by new retail space.”

Cover Story: The Competition Entrée

“Some architects have entered the international arena through competitions. Several years ago, Sydness Architects won a competition to design the Lujiazui-Itochu Headquarters building, which is now under construction. Then the young firm was invited to enter an international competition to design the 38-story, 385-guest room Hong Ta hotel, also in Shanghai, which they won earlier this year.”

Members & Firms

“Sydness Architects, New York City, has won its second Chinese design competition in a year, this time to design the 38-story, 385-story Hong Ta Hotel in the Pudong area of Shanghai. A 24-story foot high podium will enclose a three-story atrium and support a slender red granite tower with two peaks that curve in opposite directions. A central thin glass corridor nestled between the two towers will afford view of the city from a top-floor restaurant and lounge.”

St. Pete Spiffs Up

“New York City-based Sydness Architects has designed the Florencia, a mixed-use centerpiece for the revitalization of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The project includes a 23-story luxury condominium tower with retail at street level, and a three story retail/office building with a courtyard entrance.”

US Architects Build Big in the Superpower of Tomorrow

“On the other side of the river, Sydness Architects of New York have won the international competition for the five-star Hong-Ta Hotel. The 38-storey, 385-room hotel is to be located in the Pudong district. The slender tower will be clad in red granite. The design features, a 24-metre high “podium”, for essential hotel facilities.”

Personalities: Off To A Good Start

” ‘It’s a good time to start a firm,’ believes Jeffrey Sydness, AIA, who recently launched his architecture practice in New York with two major commissions in Shanghai plus other projects Stateside. ‘I don’t feel brave about this. I should have done it 12 years ago.’ “

Sydness Wins Shanghai Job

“Jeff Sydness, previously a partner of the firm John Burgee with Philip Johnson, recently launched his own firm, Sydness Architects, in New York City. The new firm has won an international competition to design a headquarters building in Shanghai for Itochu, a multinational company, and the Lujiazui Development Company.”

Eastern Subtlety Meets Western Luxury at Takashimaya

“The 20-story Takashimaya building, designed by architects John Burgee and Jeffries Sydness for the $10 billion Japanese retail conglomerate, tempts passerby with a 3-story, windowed entrance facade revealing the merchandise in the ground-floor retail area. The exterior lighting design by Claude Engle accentuates the building’s entire facade and detailing at night.”