History and Culture of Young Projects
Young Projects LLC is a design studio founded by Bryan Young in New York City in 2010, whose work includes buildings, interiors, objects, material prototyping and furniture. Geometry, pattern, texture and spatial complexity play a significant role in creating an ambiguous architecture. The studio explores a variety of methods: breaking traditional techniques for fabrication, hand pulling plaster, growing crystals and burning things, to name a few. In 2018, Noah Marciniak became a partner in the office, bringing a unique dedication to researching construction technology and a new consideration of material detailing. Mallory Shure joined the firm in 2019 and is now a partner at Young Projects.
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Young Projects’ work has been widely published and has received numerous awards including a 2021 AIANY Merit Award for Six Square House, Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard Award in 2020, The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices award in 2020, a Progressive Architecture (P/A) Award from Architect Magazine for Glitch House in 2018, an AN Award for the MALI Museum proposal in 2017, and an Azure Award for “Best New Interior Product” for the pulled plaster panels in 2017, a “New Practices New York” award from AIA NY in 2016, a “Best of Design” award from The Architect’s Newspaper in 2015 for the Gerken Residence, an Architizer A+ Award for the 2014 Times Square Heart installation, and The Architectural League of New York’s League Prize in 2013. In 2018 and 2019, the firm was included in AN Interior’s annual list of the top 50 interior architects.
Bryan Young received his Master of Architecture with distinction from Harvard University in 2003, where he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the Thesis Prize for his spatial diagrams on Donkey Kong and Pac-Man. He received his Bachelor of Arts with highest honors from UC Berkeley in 1997. Prior to establishing his studio, Young was a senior associate at Allied Works Architecture and previously worked for ARO, SOM and Peter Pfau.
Noah Marciniak is a partner at Young Projects and a licensed Architect in the State of New York. Noah joined the studio in 2011 and led much the design and construction of the office’s built work through the first decade of practice. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor of Science with honors in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Mallory Shure is a partner at Young Projects and a licensed Architect in the state of New York. Mallory joined the studio in 2019 as associate partner. Her architecture career spans 30 years, working in both San Francisco and New York. Prior to Young Projects, she worked as project architect/manager on numerous building typologies from concept to closeout, including libraries, community centers, recreation buildings, museums, theaters, mixed-use commercial, schools, adaptive re-use, complex zoned development projects, single & multi-family residential, and more.
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Young Projects Selected Projects
Brooklyn, New York
Young Projects has been commissioned to design the gut renovation of, and addition to, an existing carriage house in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill. Originally built in the late 1880’s and last occupied as a veterinary hospital, the Carriage House will be converted into two single-family residences with 3,900 square feet of interior space. A modern addition on a currently empty adjacent side lot will contribute another 1,075 square feet of interior space, a single-car garage, and garden terrace.
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Amagansett, New York
The existing site condition is the catalyst for the project – an abandoned and entirely subterranean industrial concrete vault from the 1930s, discovered on a wooded area of a 36 acre (mostly) undeveloped inland property in The Hamptons. The vault is accessed through an at-grade hatch that is barely visible – thus our proposal is first a “Well” in the manner that it negotiates the earth – a stair bulkhead to an underworld.
As a structure, Wells Center can be read as a sculptural mass of petrified wood and a fairy tale found object. Programmatically there are three distinct cylindrical-like chambers; a sound bath, a salt bath and a sweat bath (aka kiva). In addition to these three “wells”, the existing concrete vault is reprogrammed as a meditation and yoga room with a changing area, shower and water closet. The south/east side of the vault has been excavated and glazed to allow the entry of morning light and a new sunken patio.
There is a strange figure ground relationship between the above ground well/object/bulkhead, the internal cylindrical chambers and the excavation of the adjacent soil. First experienced as mass, then hollowed voids, then reflected negative figures in the earth. Sequentially the program is experienced in reverse – descend; then sweat, then bathe, and finally listen.
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The Guest House
The Guest House is a 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom house situated between the Lodge and the Glitch House on the expansive site of the Wellness Retreat. The building consists of 1,400 square feet of interior space and 1,600 square feet of exterior space, located on the only area on the lush property that is a natural clearing. Slightly removed from the shade of the dense jungle canopy, the building receives plenty of direct sunlight.
Taking cues from the existing surrounding landscape, the Guest House is designed around the natural clearing and its two distinct trees. The building is a series of 4 identical mirrored suites unified under a single roof. The suites’ rotating orientations alternate the views of each suite to align with one of the two trees. While the trees provide reference points to align the suites, the center of the clearing serves as the center of the arc of the roof that curves around the edge of the open space. The shaded areas between the rotating suites create shared outdoor spaces for the retreat’s visitors.
The Guest House is the result of collaboration with local architect Estudio Sarah Garcia.
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