January 3, 2017

Q&A with Architect Morris Adjmi

Architect Morris Adjmi talks about his eponymous firm's practice and expertise in creating innovative and creative work in a historic context.

by New York Spaces

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Morris Adjmi Architects; The lobby at 282 South 5th Street.
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Morris Adjmi; Photograph by Geordie Wood.

NYS: What is Morris Adjmi Architects known for?

Morris Adjmi: Although our practice has expanded beyond working in historic districts, we are perhaps best known for our innovative and creative work in a historic context.

NYS: What makes you so passionate about industrial architecture?

Morris Adjmi: Industrial architecture is a nexus between honesty and modernity and functionality.

NYS: What kind of research do you do before beginning a new project?

Morris Adjmi: We try to understand the neighborhood, do research on the history as well as go on extensive walking tours—even if we are familiar with the neighborhood, it helps us get a feeling for what is there and what will fit in.

NYS: Why do you think it is important to revitalize old industrial buildings?

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The Rooftop at 282 South 5th Street.

Morris Adjmi: For many reasons, particularly sustainability and saving resources. In many cases, these buildings have great bones and are in need of a little bit of TLC to make them really shine.

NYS: What are some of the buildings you have worked on in New York City?

Morris Adjmi: The Wythe, Samsung, The Theory Building, Sterling Mason, Scholastic and The Schumacher.

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Morris Adjmi Architects.

NYS: How did you reference The Williams', in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, history as a bakery in the design of the building?

Morris Adjmi: We didn't actually reference the bakery, however, there was a beautiful, enormous acid green copper awning which we reclaimed and used as paneling in the lobby at the front of the entrance to the building.

NYS: What would your dream project be?

Morris Adjmi: Working on a museum or theatre.

NYS: What are you working on now?

Morris Adjmi: I'm working on a number of residential buildings in New York, Chicago, D.C. and New Orleans, as well as two hotel projects. One is located in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia and the other in the Rockaways.

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The living room at 282 South 5th Street; Morris Adjmi Architects.

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