Veria Ayurveda Center
The Veria Ayurveda Center is not about mere buildings; it is about experience. Our goal is to resolve the opportunities and constraints of the program and site to create a space that evokes Nature, Peace and Tranquility. A major goal of Ayurveda Medicine is to condition the human body to achieve balance. Our challenge is to create a client and guest experience that celebrates and reflects that balance.
The task is to redevelop and reprogram the world famous Kutsher’s Hotel in the Catskills, NY into a wellness & fitness Resort Hotel and Spa. The facility will contain approximately 200 keys complete with dining, exercise facilities, an Ayurvedic treatment center / spa, indoor & outdoor pools, a championship golf course and clubhouse, and a museum.
In developing the design for The Veria Ayurveda Center, we sought to create a comprehensive and immersive experience for the guests, who come to the center to rediscover and rebalance. We feel that the design should not dictate flow in a way that feels forced or unnatural; rather it should elicit an experience that evolves and develops organically from the environment, a seamless sequence of journey, arrival, and discovery as one moves from one venue to another.
The built elements of the site will be designed in conjunction with environment and landscape elements. The architecture becomes one with nature, blending into the landscape through the utilization of natural, untreated materials and harmonizing with the environment through sustainable practices. The site becomes one space. Material transparency and transitional thresholds blur the transition between outdoor and indoor space, extending the outdoor experience into the built environment. Indoor and outdoor spaces, be they social or contemplative, recreation or educational, will be at one with the natural environment and merge with the natural features unique to this extraordinary site.
Starbucks Times Square
In a project completed for Starbucks under an on-call relationship established in 2010, we worked alongside Starbucks’ team, guided by the company’s store concepts, to renovate and expand this high-profile, high-traffic flagship in the heart of Times Square. Now nearly twice the size of an average Starbucks, the store allows ample room for product displays and customer circulation, and accommodates heavy foot traffic through a dual-bar layout.
Shu Uemura: Costa Mesa
The design inspiration for our roll-outs of Shu Uemura stores was the Japanese cosmetics company’s original boutique in the fashionable Omotesando district of Tokyo. Resembling an art supply store more than a typical cosmetics store, the boutique features colorful products displayed against a minimalist setting of white solid-surface materials and glass. As architectural consultant, we ensured the adherence to Shu Uemura’s design and architectural standards by applying the retailer’s kit of parts to each location, with aesthetically consistent adaptations driven by each chosen site.
New York Mets Citi Field
One of the most eagerly anticipated new construction projects in the city, Citi Field saw its grand opening in 2009 as the new home for the New York Mets. For the design of the stadium’s executive and administrative offices, we envisioned the space as series of planes—folded, floating, luminous—marked by a bold interplay of materials, colors, and textures.
Our firm has worked with this leading luxury brand to implement their retail store prototype, both for new locations and renovations of existing ones. To ensure a direct representation of the Gucci brand for each location, we coordinated the fabrication, delivery, and installation of high-end materials — such as limestone, granite, frosted and smoked glass, sheet metal, and even gold — from multiple sources all over the world
Dorsey & Whitney
When Minneapolis-headquartered law firm Dorsey & Whitney began considering a renovation or relocation of their New York City offices, we first evaluated real estate options for the client, including a stay-in-place scenario. Based on our findings, Dorsey decided to relocate to the CBS Building at 51 West 52nd Street. A significant driver behind the move was Dorsey’s desire to get its New York City-based clients more value for their money by relying on the firm’s stable of Minneapolis-based attorneys — a trend known as “homeshoring,” in which lawyers in smaller metropolitan areas, where real estate costs and billing rates are lower but quality is just as high, help serve clients in major cities.
AOL: Phase II
After completing floors four and five of AOL’s LEED Gold headquarters consolidation and relocation from Dulles, Virginia to 770 Broadway in 2008, a year later we completed construction on the sixth floor. Unlike the earlier floors, which house content producers, the sixth floor houses the sales team, a 300-person department that brings in $3 million a day in online advertising. This floor’s design was driven by their unique needs, and reflects the dynamism of the group.
Tiffany & Co.
One of many build-outs that we’ve completed for Tiffany & Co. in locations throughout the world, the Melbourne, Australia flagship renovation marks a dramatic new direction for the famed jeweler. Working with the Tiffany design team, we interpreted Tiffany standards for the two-story location, creating a design marked by cool elegance and a subtle palette highlighted by Tiffany blue. Shoppers enter the double-height space through a stunning, out-scaled façade of carved, edge-lit glass; a spare center aisle flanked by display cases leads them to a metal-wrapped mezzanine pierced by an enormous hanging-crystal chandelier in Tiffany blue. Pale walls, of frit-formed glass, are edged with thin strips of lighting for a glamorous, theatrical effect.
New York University: Hayden Hall
Housing 700 residents, Hayden Hall is the most popular freshman dormitory on New York University’s Washington Square campus—but save for some minor work in the late ’80s, its dining facilities had remained untouched since their construction in 1955. With our renovation, Mancini•Duffy upgraded Hayden Hall’s kitchen and server amenities so it could compete with NYU’s sixty other campus dining facilities, yet maintained the look and feel of a place whose charm has attracted students and faculty for over fifty years.
Working together with Heineken, we developed a new design for the famed brewing company’s new corporate offices at 245 Park Avenue in New York City, a consolidation from two previous locations. The client came to us seeking a workspace with a more open, collaborative feeling rather than a space made up merely of offices and cubicles. Our dynamic solution was a heavily branded, largely open-plan floor dotted with small lounge areas suitable for impromptu meetings. To maximize shared daylight and views, private offices are kept to a minimum and located toward the core, and feature floor-to-ceiling glazing.