Jack Esterson's Brooklyn Brownstone Featured in Brownstoner
An inside look of architect, Jack Esterson’s, brownstone.
When not hard at work at Think!, partner Jack Esterson is an ardent collector of mid-century Danish furniture and art by local Brooklyn artists. Recently, he gave a tour to Brownstoner of his Clinton Hill brownstone, where these two passions come into conversation. Click the image above to read the article and learn more about the design choices that went into creating this beautiful home.
Modular Construction Meets Design That's Just Right
We have been fortunate to have had the recent opportunity to work on a number of modular residential projects. These have ranged from small condominium buildings on infill sites in Manhattan to a recent proposal for a 160 unit affordable housing project on an open site in East New York, Brooklyn. We’ve come away from these projects impressed with the possibilities this type of construction offers in terms of quality and speed of construction and we have also learned a number of lessons that will help us improve the process of designing modular projects going forward. It appears that modular construction is on the cusp of much wider acceptance with a larger group of dependable manufacturers serving the New York City market.
Please take a look at a recent article from the New York Post about think! and modular construction. Just click on the image below.
think! Wins Brownsville RFP
think! is excited to announce its Glenmore Manor Apartments as the chosen competition winner as part of New York City’s HPD Brownsville Plan. Along with the African American Planning Commission, Inc., Brisa Builders, and Lemle & Wolf; think! designed a compelling building including 230 affordable homes for low income households, ground floor commercial space, and supportive spaces for young business developers and entrepreneurs.
Joseph Auld joins think! as Director of Client Development
Joseph Auld has joined think! as our director of Client Development. In that role Joe will work with the firm principals to develop new client opportunities and to actively maintain ongoing client relationships. Joe trained as an architect and has spent the majority of his professional career working as a project manager for private and institutional clients. He brings his wide background in development, construction and management to his role at the firm.
Waterfront Development Wins SARA Design Award
We are proud to announce that we won the Society of American Registered Architects National Design Award for our waterfront complex plan in Newburgh, New York, in the urban planning category. This multi-building residential complex, with its landscape components and new ferry terminal, is meant to help economically revive this old Hudson river city.
think! wins Mott Haven RFP
After months of deliberation, the NYC Housing Authority has selected the team of think!, Lemle & Wolff, Alembic Community Development and The Bridge for their Betances VI site in Mott Haven, the Bronx. This 15 story, 101 unit building will consist of affordable family units, housing for formerly homeless veterans, support space for The Bridge and a significant retail component on Willis Avenue.
Oosten Wins Brooklyn Builds Award
We have been honored by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, who gave our 215 unit condominium in Williamsburg, Brooklyn their 2017 Brooklyn Builds Design Award, residential category. This full-block, 500,000 square foot, high-end residence comprises multiple unit types wrapped around a large central courtyard. The street facades are each designed to integrate into the low-rise neighborhood, while mitigating the enormity of this building's scale.
267 Rogers Ave is Completed
Our 165 unit rental building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn has recently been completed and is occupied. Designed to be a simple but elegant and cost-effective solution, our client, Heights Advisors, self-built the project.
Long Island City Hotel Tops Out
Our new 133 key, extended stay hotel for Marriott has recently topped out at ten stories. The hotel is located in an industrial area in Long Island City that is quickly transforming into a hospitality district. Our overall design approach on this project, as an unexpectedly contemporary design, has expanded the Marriott brand to appeal to a sophisticated demographic. Completion is expected in December 2018.
Pratt Film & Video Wins AIA Design Award
We are pleased to report that our design for Pratt Institutes's new Department of Film & Video has won a design award from the New York State chapter of the American Institute of Architects. think! principal Jack Esterson, class of '75, attended the awards ceremony in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Queens Passive House Project Tops Out
Our affordable senior residence, designed for the not-for-profit Hanac Inc., has topped out in Corona, Queens. This 68 unit project has been designed as a Passive House building, and includes intergenerational and active design principles, as well as a high degree of sustainability, to create a new model for this building type.
Odyssey House's George Rosenthal Center for Recovery Opens
On May 11, Odyssey House Executive Director Peter Provet presided over the opening ceremony of their newest and largest residential treatment center on Wards Island, NY, designed by think!. Converted from an abandoned hospital, the new facility houses 240 men, women and teens in substance abuse recovery in what Dr. Provet describes as a national model for what therapeutic recovery centers can be.