History and Culture of FXCollaborative
FXCollaborative is a architecture, interiors, and planning design firm based out of New York City. Since it’s founding in 1978, the firm has been able to make the most of their broad experience to enrich the world with intelligent, thoughtful, and beautiful design. The firm’s holistic approach integrates client aspirations, an urban sensibility, and a celebration of the craft of building.
FXCollaborative has been a trailblazer at the forefront of the green building movement since its founding over 35 years ago. Back then, Principal Bruce Fowle was able to design solar-responsive, naturally-ventilated homes. By the 1990s, the firm redefined sustainable design with their first green high-rise in Shanghai, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (1992); and in New York, the Condé Nast Building at 4 Times Square (1999).
FXCollaborative is able to provide the flexible design ideas that their clients require by having a texture of varying beliefs, values, and backgrounds that inform how they see the world, and are at the very core of their ability to serve their clients and community. They are always seeking to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and a feeling of belonging within all facets of our practice.
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Architect-US J1 Visa Participants
Architect-US helps young international talent find internships or training opportunities in the United States based on their background and interests. Architect-US provided leadership, guidance, and support to FXCollaborative in securing a visa for Alejandro Tintore King—a student from Spain studying at the City College of New York—which allowed him to work at their firm as an intern trainee for one year. During his time at FXCollaborative, Alejandro become an integral part of their team and made significant contributions to several projects within their urban design and planning studio.
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As you scroll through the following three projects they have created, consider all of these design techniques and ideas they have implemented.
FX Collaborative Selected Projects
- Long Island City, NY
- Purves Street Owners, LLC
- Completion 2017
- 265,700 GSF / 25,000 GSM
- LEED Silver
- 2018 AIA Brooklyn–Queens Design Award, Award of Excellence, Multi-Family Residential
Some New Yorkers prefer to look upon Manhattan rather than live within it, but they don’t want to sacrifice the conveniences of urban living. The Forge, a 38-story residential tower located on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac in Long Island City, Queens, presents an appealing alternative: high-end units enhanced by a range of amenities and convenient access to public transportation.
A wedge-shaped site and stringent zoning requirements presented many challenges, but we viewed these constraints as opportunities for creativity. We conceived a slender tower with stepped massing—a “julienne” scheme comprising four bars of varying heights that maximize daylight and views toward the East River and Manhattan, all while preserving outdoor zones that have been transformed into amenities including a landscaped courtyard, sculpture garden, lap pool, and movie screening area, as well as an al fresco dining space.
Public amenities also abound on the interior. Residents mingle within the double-height lobby and a communal living room, and there is a plethora of spaces tailored to more specific needs: a fitness center, a business bar, and a playroom for children. Units range from studios to one and two bedrooms, all of which feature Feng shui–certified layouts with oak flooring, quartz countertops, and high-end appliances.
Drawing from the industrial heritage and artistic spirit of Long Island City, the Forge is clad with a warm, vibrant mix of materials including anodized aluminum, which lends texture and dimension alongside glazed expanses. The building culminates with a rooftop deck that begs the question: What’s better than being in Manhattan? Enjoying views of its skyline silhouetted against a sunset.
Photos by FXCollaborative / Adam Kane Macchia & Eduard Hueber.
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