Co-working – New York developer Macro Sea transforms a former machine shop for World Wars American ships into New Lab, a 84.000 square foot co-working venue at Navy Yard Building 128, between DUMBO and Brookling Heights. The100 year-old shipbuilding facility will host innovators in new tech, including robotics, Artificial Intelligence and connected devices.
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Working with Marvel Architects, Macro Sea created a variety of workspaces including offices, private studios, and lofts. The project features shared amenity spaces like lounges, communal worktables, advanced prototyping shops, and meeting spaces.
Marvel Architects devised suspended bridges from the building’s existing gantry cranes to create connective social and exhibition spaces. The teams took detail cues from the existing building, both restoring and expanding upon the inherited language of the space.
“When re-purposing an industrial building, there’s an obvious tendency to design it to be ultra raw, tough and industrial-chic. When designing for research and innovation centers, there’s an inclination to make the space as futuristic and iPhone-y as possible. Well, with New Lab we rejected both of these tendencies” say at Macro Sea to ArchiPanic.
The team took inspiration from the cathedral-like steel trusswork, and approached it as a 1970’s High-Tech Modernist muse. “Indeed, the design is inspired by a past’s vision of the future as well as the rich history of the building itself”.
New Lab’s architecture was deliberately kept black and white to give breathing room to an interdependent range of highly saturated Stanley Kubrick’s colors deployed through the furnishings, landscape and plant installations.
“As developers and designers of the space, we were very attracted to the new-tech community. They are simultaneously at the top of the intellectual and technological game, while looking into the abyss as entrepreneurs.” Says David Belt, Macro Sea founder and cofounder of New Lab. “We just wanted to build it for them”.
Nicko Elliott, Macro Sea’s Design Director, says “We took an archaeological approach to futurism in creating a dignified space that reflects the ingenuity and integrity of the people working in it”.
All photos: courtesy of New Lab.