October 9, 2017

The Genius Behind Fogarty Finger's MultiPurpose Projects

Fogarty Finger's inventive and resourceful team provides sophisticated, contemporary designs that uphold the high aesthetic standards which our clients expect and appreciate.

by New York Spaces

Chris Fogarty and Robert Finger
Chris Fogarty and Robert Finger of Fogarty Finger.
The Dime.

NYS: What is your company known for? We love how diverse your work is! What kind of projects do you work on?

Fogarty Finger: Fogarty Finger's inventive and resourceful team provides sophisticated, contemporary designs that uphold the high aesthetic standards which our clients expect and appreciate. We are a large firm that thinks like smaller studios. Our work spans high-end residential, multi-family interiors and ground up architecture, as well as corporate interiors and commercial architecture. We also consistently work in building repositioning and adaptive reuse. The diversity of our projects allows the firm's studios to influence each other and ultimately design creative, elegant solutions that prioritize lifestyle and experience in work and play.

NYS: Tell us about what it was like working on the Dime Bank? How did you marry the design to the history of the building?

Fogarty Finger: The challenge of working with the existing building lay in fully integrating the Dime bank into the new tower by unifying the structures into a single edifice, while keeping a formal and aesthetic distinction between the two. Whereas the original bank building is an image of sober Beaux Arts imitation, the Dime tower takes cues from industrial art modern architecture, in its streamlined machine aesthetic of rounded corners, ribbon windows, and stark white terra cotta cladding. Inspirations included Frank Lloyd Wright's Johnson Wax Building, with its curvilinear horizontal-vertical forms accentuated by opposing material choices, and New York's Starrett-Lehigh Building, with its long strips of windows framed by floor plates.

The commercial podium continues the roofline, scale, and horizontal thrust of the historic building, while the

The Dime Lobby Interior
The Dime Lobby Interior.

residential massing of the tower introduces a verticality reinforced by the double-height alternating articulation of the floor plates.

NYS: How does it merge retail, commercial, and multifamily residential units? What type of retail outlets will be in the building?

Fogarty Finger: The old Dime building will become a flexible commercial space that could be a showroom, office lobby for adjacent tenants, or stand-alone retail. It was designed to be as fluid or partitioned, as its prospective tenant desires. Features of the commercial spaces feature outdoor space and open terraced gardens.

NYS: Tell us about the facade, what inspired the design?

Fogarty Finger: We wanted to design something that created a dialogue between the building's history and future. Historically, the building's façade was clad in terracotta. We reinterpreted this historic feature and incorporated it into the new visual language. The new plan has four street frontages that unite with a pin-wheel effect that is finished with rounded corners to offer a sense of movement, while encouraging the eye to connect the building and vibrant activity in the surrounding neighborhood of Williamsburg.

NYS: How do the amenities separate it from other amenity-laden buildings?

Fogarty Finger: There is roughly 40,000 sq ft of amenity space in the Dime building. It is forward thinking in that it isn't just presenting average amenity spaces, it is providing well-designed areas that aim to support and enhance the lifestyle of residents. Residents will enjoy the dynamic amenities with roof decks, pent house lounges and outdoor screening spaces.

Dock 72
Dock 72.

NYS: We are so excited to hear you are working on Dock 72 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard?

Fogarty Finger: It is has been such a great project and we are really looking forward to its completion.

NYS: What can we expect architecture and interiors-wise?

Fogarty Finger: We wanted the experience of the space to infuse influences of the area, the community and the history. It aims to be contextual with its locally sourced materials, but also has a destination quality in its welcoming grand entrance and amenity rich spaces. The design intention is an industrial quality that speaks to the site, as well as liveliness that supports the people and surrounding neighborhood.

NYS: What will the food market be like? What made you decide to include it in there?

Fogarty Finger: It is an opportunity to create an amenity rich community that meets people's wants and needs and helps support work-life balance.

NYS: Tell us about the interiors and how the public spaces were curated. We thought that concept was genius! What were the local artisans and craftsmen's reactions like?

Fogarty Finger: The goal was to create spaces that support all modes of work and play. The finishes begin with a more rustic industrial quality in its first floor where the space feels spirited, flexible and collaborative. The second floor becomes more refined and is dedicated to wellness and rejuvenation and includes a fitness center and a juice bar. All the spaces have been united with a color palette that is inspired by the navy yard. Beyond the tenant spaces, the 16th floor has a conference center with spectacular views and is focused on networking, communication and the more formal parts of work. As the project has evolved we find people are excited about utilizing the new spaces and the changes seem to inspire both their art and work.

NYS: Tell us about The Box Factory?

Dock 72
Dock 72.

Fogarty Finger: The Box Factory is an adaptive reuse project located in the newest "next" community of Ridgewood. It is close to many subway lines and incorporates spaces that support creative and commercial activity. It was an actual factory and the architectural details inform the space through high ceilings, great character and details of original steel and wood. The alleyways have become gardens and courtyards create opportunities for a variety of activities within the building.

NYS: How is it suited to creative users?

Fogarty Finger: It is designed to be an inspiring space with areas for collaboration, independent work and socializing.

NYS: How and with what companies are you filling 7,433-square-feet of retail space?

Fogarty Finger: There has been talk of a brewery moving in, but it is very well suited for retail and restaurants/bars that would all flourish in this area.

NYS: How can a potential retail company participate?

Fogarty Finger: Contact the leasing company.

NYS: What has been your favorite design aspect from each of these projects?

Fogarty Finger: The Dime is an amazing site and it's such an incredible project. It will be a new landmark in the community and that is very exciting for us. Dock 72 is such a unique project and it's great to be part of something new and committed to experiential design.

The Box Factory is at the head of a new market and it's inspiring for us as a firm to add value to an existing space.

NYS: What are you working on now?

Fogarty Finger: We have so many opportunities evolving. We have been doing a great deal of work in Long Island City and many historic renovations in Manhattan. We are always on the lookout for interesting work that allows us to continue to be at the forefront of sophisticated design and emerging trends.

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