Construction begins today on one of Cycle’s most exciting new projects: the rehabilitation and vertical extension of a 5,000 sf industrial warehouse in East Williamsburg that’s soon to host a new shop and offices for a team of internationally-recognized mural painters.
When approached with the task of designing a new workspace for Sky High Murals, also known as Colossal Media, Cycle responded with a design that’s both functional and highly advantageous of its unique waterfront location on the north branch of Newtown Creek.
Sweeping views of the adjacent creek and the option to “open shop” completely with giant rolling doors will be sure to offer a pleasant, light-filled working environment for Colossal’s shop team. Strategically-oriented openings will allow for natural cross-ventilation and a new exterior courtyard carves through this previous storage warehouse to provide an outdoor color testing area for the painters. Suspended above the warehouse below will be a new 2,500 sf office that will be supported by steel columns independent of the existing structure below.
The unique talents of our clients inspired Cycle to create a “blank canvas” façade that Colossal’s team will clad with its own artwork when construction is complete. The extension above will also host a new massive street sign to be used by Colossal, directly visible to traffic passing over the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge.
The team aims for the new shop to be open and fully functioning next fall when Colossal will move its entire team from their current location on Wythe Avenue to its new stomping grounds in East Williamsburg.
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Architecture: Cycle Architecture + Planning
Structural: Office of Structural Design
Mechanical: RDS Engineers
Construction: Loduca Associates