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AJ SPECIFICATION CASE STUDY

Mayflower Lobby, New York by John Puttick Associates

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The practice has remodelled the lobby of a 1966 apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, reinstating its ‘simple Modernism’

PROJECT DATASPECIFICATION

John Puttick Associates was asked to remodel the lobby of an apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The building dates from 1966 and was featured in the film version of Neil Simon’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue. While Kevin O’Sullivan’s original design had a sense of clarity and quality of materials, the lobby had become worn and dated. The lack of natural light and poor-quality artificial lighting was a particular problem.

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Our objective was to reinstate the simple Modernism of the original space. We removed items that restricted natural light in the lobby and also designed a series of precisely detailed white metal elements that modify both artificial and natural light. These include white powder-coated steel light-shelves above the lift entrances and a matching ‘halo’ that forms the centrepiece of the ceiling, casting light up into a shallow dome. 

The reception desk was conceived as a small composition of three blocks, each with its own use: white Corian for the desk, teak for storing letters and parcels, and stone-grey Corian for a low plinth to display sculptural objects. Suspended feature lighting above the desk brings further focus to this part of the lobby.

Overall, our concept was to ensure that the lighting worked with the new surface materials in a way that highlighted their materiality as well as their object-like qualities.

John Puttick, principal, John Puttick Associates

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Specification statement  

Powder-coated steel was selected to provide a series of elements to conceal light fittings, its slim profile and clean appearance contrasting with the weight and texture of the travertine walls and floor. One-eighth-of-an-inch grade steel was jet-cut into the required shapes and the edges slightly rounded prior to powder coating to make them comfortable to the touch in accessible locations.

Lighting products were selected in collaboration with the lighting designer. Adjustable SilverLED MR recessed downlights were installed in the ceiling to direct light into the centre of the space where light levels were low. LiliBend LED tape was used for concealed lighting at the lift entrance and the ‘halo’ owing to its performance and slim profile. Above the reception desk, a rectangular canopy of 20 Tooby lights by Fabbian provides a simple and elegant highlight.

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Hunter Douglas RB500 manual solar shades were used around the perimeter glazing. A translucent off-white fabric was selected to bounce artificial light back into the lobby along the sides where there is little natural light and the views are unattractive.

Corian was used for the reception desk for its durability and variety of tones. Solid teak and teak veneer were used in the desk and other joinery to bring a sense of warmth.

John Puttick, principal, John Puttick Associates

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Project data 

Start on site July 2016
Completion December 2016
Gross internal floor area 120m2
Form of contract Traditional
Construction cost Confidential
Architect John Puttick Associates
Executive architect Midtown Preservation
Client Orsid Realty Corp
Lighting designer PHT Lighting Design
Main contractor Wellbuilt Company
CAD software used MicroStation, Rhino

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