EYEBEAM SELECTS WORKac AS ARCHITECTURAL FIRM FOR STATE OF THE ART FACILITY IN BROOKLYN
Eyebeam is pleased to announce the selection of WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) as the architectural firm to design Eyebeamâ€™s future facility in Brooklyn, located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place.
â€œWe are very excited to have Amale Andraos and Dan Wood working with us on this extraordinary project,â€ said Eyebeamâ€™s Executive Director Patricia Jones. â€œWe see them as strong collaborators who understand Eyebeamâ€™s mission of taking risks and being at the forefront of technological and artistic innovation.â€
Last October, Eyebeam announced its plans to relocate from its current home in Chelsea to the Brooklyn Cultural District in Fort Greene as part of a new project to be developed by the Jonathan Rose Companies. The mixed-use project was designated by the New York City Housing, Preservation and Development agency through a highly competitive selection process. The mixed-use development will include market rate and subsidized housing, a restaurant and cultural space. Eyebeam will develop and own the 27,000 square foot space designated for cultural use; building construction will begin in 2015 and the cultural component is projected to open in late 2016. Eyebeamâ€™s new facility will feature state of the art space for the organizationâ€™s world-renowned artist residency program, diverse public programming and innovative education offerings for adults and teens. Both Eyebeamâ€™s facility and the building as a whole will stress green design and energy efficiency.
WORKac was selected after an extensive RFP process from an initial group of 23 firms invited to submit for the project this past fall. â€œEyebeam is a groundbreaking institution and we are thrilled to be engaged in thinking together about its future, as it continues to lead at the intersection of art, media and technology, in the heart of Downtown Brooklynâ€™s vibrant creative community,â€ adds Amale Andraos, principal at WORKac.
Eyebeamâ€™s current Chelsea location at West 21st Street, owned by The Atlantic Foundation, was placed on the market in the fall of 2013 and sold this month by Denham Wolf, the brokerage firm managing the transaction and serving as project managers for the construction of the Brooklyn facility. In June, Eyebeam will move to an interim location in Brooklyn while its permanent home is being designed and built.
WORKac focuses on developing architectural projects that re-invent the relationship between urban and natural environments. The firm has achieved international recognition for projects such as the Centre de Conferences in Libreville, Gabon, where architecture and landscape are seamlessly integrated and for the New Holland Island Cultural Center in St Petersburg, Russia, which integrates art and technology to create a new kind of public experience. WORKac recently completed the first Edible Schoolyard NYC at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn and re-imagined the future of work for the newly renovated Wieden+Kennedy offices in Manhattan.
Eyebeam was founded in 1997 by filmmaker and digital media entrepreneur John S. Johnson. The organization supports provocative and risk-taking work at the intersection of art and technology. It provides support for over 20 artists annually and presents a wide range of installations, exhibitions, performances, symposia, workshops and education programs for teens and adults around such topics as sustainability, visualization techniques, security and privacy, sound art, programming and software, game design, as well as digital and internet culture.
ZoÃ« Salditch, Communications Director