HD Talks

January, 2018

3 Steps to Rebuild After a Natural Disaster

Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Hospitality, Projects

The tranquil guestroom at Ventana Big Sur

By Rachel Fischbach, Principal, BraytonHughes Design Studios

We are often asked by clients to help them rebuild after a devastating event. Whether it’s a fire, flood, earthquake, or other disaster, how do you pick up the pieces and start to rebuild? Below are the three things we always ask ourselves when designing a new project, which hold true when rebuilding one, too:

1. What is the story that we want to create?
The original Casa Dorinda in Santa Barbara, California, for example, was a grand estate built in the early 1900s, and though the property had been restored recently, the adjacent dining room that was built in the 1970s did not connect to the Spanish revival style of the estate. We, therefore, took design cues from the original Casa and tried to seamlessly blend the spaces, which is reflected in the furnishings, color palette, architectural details, and iron lighting. Continue reading →

BIG Introduces the Courtscraper to New York

Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Events

Via 57 West sits on the Hudson River. Photo by Iwan Baan

When it comes to portmanteaus, there are certainly cringeworthy ones (bleisure, a combination of business and leisure, for one) and some that bring comfort (Kimye, all and any Bennifers), but one that is getting some noticeable attention, thanks to design and architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is courtscraper—a combination of courtyard and skyscraper—that succinctly explains the Via 57 West residential building in New York. In late November, BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann joined Fritz Hansen’s head of design Christian Andresen at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York to discuss the residential building, as well as their collaboration on the Via 57 chair, which was specifically crafted for the courtscraper.

BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann talks about the six-year process to construct Via 57 West. Photo by Aldo Soligno

It took six years to make Via 57 West a reality, with BIG opening an office in New York in 2010 to focus on the sustainable pyramidal-shaped building nestled near the Hudson River next to a brownfield site and a Con Edison sanitation building. Continue reading →