Andrea Steele Architecture Selected Projects #3

History of Andrea Steele Architecture (ASA)

Andrea Steele Architecture (ASA) previously was known as the New York studio of  TEN Arquitectos, ASA was formed out of the collaboration between Enrique Norten and Andrea Steele, TEN’s North American principal for eight years. That relationship, which resulted in more than 20 built works, will continue as the two work on current projects and seek out future ones. TEN Arquitectos [Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos] , founded in Mexico City by Enrique Norten in 1986, under his leadership and vision, the firm reached international stature when it opened a New York office in 2003. Since then, TEN Arquitectos has grown to over 70 members, working on a diverse array of award winning and acclaimed architectural projects.

Company Culture

Andrea Steele Architecture (ASA) views the practice of architecture as a form of creating and maintaining connections and alignments by bridging between the local and the universal. ASA is guided by the idea that architecture is an expression of our shared experience and provides a space for cultural and social advancement. Each project contributes to a global dialogue that enhances not only the communities, but also the architecture profession.

She is currently completing the master plan for Pioneer Works, the experimental, interdisciplinary arts-and-science community center in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Phase 1 includes a new entry with reception, gift shop, and lounge; it will open in early 2021. Phase 2 will bring a public observatory and event and classroom spaces that, once constructed, will be the only observatory in New York City that is fully accessible to the general public.

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Nuria Heras

Nuria holds a Master of Technology in Architecture with specialty in restoration and renovation from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She has studied and practiced architecture internationally in Barcelona, Germany, Morocco, France and Mexico. In Barcelona she oversaw the construction of the Blanes Sports Center by Arata Isozaki. In 2014 she joined TEN Arquitectos Mexico, where she led the design of the competition-winner National Museum of Energy and Technology (MUNET), an undulating active landscape enriched with cultural and educational program, that became the most challenging project up until today. She was also the driving force in the design and development of the Betel Synagogue and the intermodal train station from Toluca to Mexico City, both currently under construction.

In 2017 she moved to New York City where she played a leading position in several invited competitions including the El Paso Children Museum, where the firm was selected as finalist against national and international architectural firms like Konig Einzenberg and Snøhetta. In the Make the Road community Center, Nuria raised its design to another level to become a symbol to the members and the city, this awarded design is currently under construction and will be finalized in 2022.

Nuria is a passionate of the relationship between the built environment and its surroundings conditions and defends that “there are still in our cities spaces of opportunity to improve the life quality and enhance social connectedness in every neighborhood. The wide-spread cities shouldn´t be the answer when there is so much already built and vacant “ 

To gain a better understanding of the design style and way that Nuria views architecture and design, please go to the website of her studio, called nu.he studio aka Nuria Heras Studio, where you could find not only her latest projects but also, the articles she publishes in different architectural magazines and the podcast named Punto de Fuga – Podcast de Arquitectura, developed since 2018 and advocate of hispanic architecture.

Nieves Andrea Calvo Lopez

Nieves is an Architect that studied at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Alcalá (ETSAUAH) who has previously lived, studied and worked in Madrid and Bordeaux. Nieves is passionate about the phenomenology in architecture and was granted a research fellowship to study the relationship between our memory and architecture. Great defender of the need for deep research into new ways of confronting the architectural profession, as well as rethinking the crucial role that animals should have in our society.

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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.

Andrea Steele Architecture (ASA) Projects

300 Ashland 

300 Ashland, a mixed-use 32-story tower completed in 2017, occupies the south portion of the Brooklyn Cultural District’s triangular lot. Designed to have a slim footprint, it offers most of the remaining area to a 15,000-square-foot public plaza. 

At the building’s base are a series of exterior landscaped terrace levels that can be used for outdoor programming—film screenings, dance performances, farmer’s markets, or simply as hangout space—and create an active, urban and public experience along Flatbush Avenue. Lifting the plaza upward allows retail businesses to line the full perimeter of the base, avoiding an internal mall organization. 

The residential tower is articulated as three volumes, a central circulation spine and two flanking volumes, which are all clad in a continuous folding skin of perforated metal that picks up the colors of the surrounding streets, buildings, and sky, thereby putting the focus on the activated streetscape and life of the city. The residential units consist of both market rate and affordable housing. 

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East River Plaza

The East River Plaza mixed-use development will add residential, cultural and public program to an existing 500,000-square-foot retail center at the easternmost point of Manhattan.

Built in 2009, the East River Plaza commercial center was an important economic driver within East Harlem, but it was oriented towards the waterfront, turning its back on the surrounding residential neighborhood. The proposed addition engages multiple scales, including those of the neighboring residences, the existing big-box retail site, and the East River development corridor.

Rather than creating a private development, the project forms a new civic landscape. Through the organization of program, building scale, and massing, the project activates the street edge, responds to local context, and minimizes the negative environmental impact on neighboring streets. The project will provide both market rate and affordable residential units. Two townhouse-lined sky bridges add a secondary scale of housing, which will be accessed through a single street level residential lobby at 118th Street.

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West End 37

On a quiet block of L Street between Twenty-Third and Twenty-Fourth Streets, West End 37 animates a city corner. The mixed-use building’s warped facade, which is generated by the unique conditions of the site, challenges the limits of prescribed zoning regulations and results in a dynamic urban space.

Representative of a new approach to an existing typology within Washington, D.C., the building includes sections that protrude and make their presence known, even from a distance—west down L Street, from Washington Circle, from points north on Twenty-Third Street. Other sections are stepped in to respect the views of neighbors and to minimize the impact of the bulk of the residential block over the surrounding lower-rise buildings. As one approaches West End 37, the uniform stepping of the facade becomes clear, individualizing and expressing each residential unit.

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