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Project: "The Kestrel"
Company:Luca Andrisani Architects
Designer(s): Luca Andrisani Architects, United States
Category: , Professional
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Entry Description: An eight story concrete shell of a building sat vacant for eight years in the neighborhood of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. After so many years spent as a symbol of the recession, Luca Andrisani Architects was hired to re-imagine the facade and interiors of the new 126 rental unit building. Windsor Terrace is a neighborhood of tree lined streets with many single family homes alongside massive masonry apartment buildings. It was clear that to respect its neighbors, the redesign would need to work to dematerialize the massiveness of the building while breaking from the monotony of glassy developments. To achieve this, the facade was clad in hundreds of earth-toned metal panels of different sizes, shapes and colors that create a visually intricate and complex exterior. Dark Iron spot masonry in grays and browns frames metal portions around the top, sides, and ground floor of the building. Inside, metal wraps into the lobby vestibule and transitions to a double height walnut paneled entry. Glass at the rear lobby wall reveals a courtyard garden. Framing this view are the two sides of the inner lobby clad in gold-toned metal mesh. Anticipating that the occupants of this building would be searching for the quiet and green serenity of Windsor Terrace, interiors are finished in comfortable warm materials with modern fixtures and appliances. The apartments are laid out with a range of different floor plans with many windows to maximize the Prospect Park views.

About the Designer/Company
Luca Andrisani began his education at the famed La Sapienza University in Rome. After graduating with Honors, he completed a Masters Degree in Architecture from The Royal Institute in Sweden. In Europe, Luca worked for the Pritzker Prize winning team of Herzog and De Meuron in Basel, Switzerland where he worked on projects such as Prada in Tokyo, Japan and Montevarchi, Italy. In the USA Luca worked for Rafael Vinoly and Peter Marino Architect where he led projects for some of the world’s most exclusive, high-end labels, such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Dior. Luca has designed, managed, and detailed numerous architecture and interior design projects for retail, commercial and residential clients. He has worked on a vast range of projects ranging in size from a 400 square foot apartment interior in New York City to a 60,000 square foot residence in Italy. Luca currently holds registrations in New York and Italy and a LEED Green Associate certification.