Fogarty Finger Architecture’s Selected Projects #1

History of Fogarty Finger Architecture

Fogarty Finger is a New York-based award-winning Architecture firm with offices in New York City, Atlanta and Boston. It was founded in 2003 by Chris Fogarty and Robert Finger and the studio has now become a champion of collaboration with over 130 architects and designers.

Fogarty Finger specializes in Architecture, Interior Design, FF&E Services, and Art Consultation. Their multidisciplinary studio focuses on creating a sense of place in the built urban environment through architecture and interior design. Since its inception 20 years ago, the practice has recognized the importance of combining architectural and interior design skills. Fogarty Finger provides a unified vision and in-depth industry knowledge, resulting in the best outcomes for both their clients and their clientele.

They strive to create timeless spaces for everyone to enjoy. Their projects are both evocative and pragmatic, designed thoughtfully to ensure great experiences for all its users. From details to proportions, their buildings encapsulate the vivacity of urban life.

Fogarty Finger has won more than 100 industry awards for architecture and interior design. Furthermore, the company is regularly listed in both Interior Design’s Top 100 Giants and Architectural Record’s Top 300 lists.

Chris Fogarty AIA, RIBA

Chris is one of the Fogarty Finger’s co-founders. He is in charge of all of the office’ architecture projects’ concept and design development. He obtained his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Edinburgh after attending University College’s Bartlett in London to study architecture.

Chris was a Senior Designer at Skidmore Owings and Merrill Architects (SOM) in the London, Washington, D.C., and New York Offices before founding Fogarty Finger in 2003. He completed numerous award-winning office and mixed-use buildings while at SOM and was heavily involved in national and international competitions.

Robert Finger AIA

Robert is a co-founding principal at Fogarty Finger, where he oversees interior design projects for the company. After graduating from Syracuse University, Robert continued to pursue his passion for design at SOM, where he led several international projects.

With over 25 years of experience designing and delivering both large and small-scale projects, Robert brings efficient working processes, lateral thinking, and exceptional quality design to all projects. He has designed numerous award-winning corporate office interiors in New York and the Northeast, with clients including Boston Properties, Rockefeller Group, Tishman Speyer, and Vornado Realty Trust.

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Company Culture at Fogarty Finger Architecture

Despite the firm’s rapid growth since 2003, in number of employees as well as offices, a small firm culture is still predominant at Finger Fogarty. Being a mid-size firm, they strive to blend the best aspects of large and small firm culture.

They build a highly diverse team of architects and designers by actively seeking out the best talent.

Diversity plays a key role in success.

65% of the teammates are women, and over 50% are members of racial and ethnic minorities. Fogarty Finger believes diversity is essential to success because it allows employees to combine their varied experiences and viewpoints to produce well-thought-out and rounded designs.

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Architect-US is proud to work in close contact with Fogarty Finger and to be able to ensure the firm gets to know and work with amazing young architects like Matilde Pietrabissa whom we helped process and sponsor her J1 Visa through our Job+J1 Visa Program!

Matilde Pietrabissa

Italian Architect Matilde Pietrabissa received her Bachelor in Science of Architecture from the Accademia di Architettura, USI (Mendrisio, CH). She chose to continue her educational journey and went on to get her Master in Science of Architecture from the same University. Matilde is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English, and has a good handle on French as well.

Pietrabissa’s previous work experience includes working with Gabinete de Arquitectura and Gloria Cabral+Solano Benitez. The opportunity to work with them has allowed Matilde to grow her artistic sensibilities and push the bounds of conventional architectural practice, thereby intensifying her passion for creative and innovative design solutions. One of her most notable achievements is Casa Wabi Compost Pavilion.

Due to Architect-US‘s visa sponsorship and help with the documentation and visa process through the Job+J1 Visa Program, Matilde was able to find an architecture job with Fogarty Finger in the US without her and the company having to worry about her Visa. Her Trainee Program with Fogarty Finger ran from 20 Jul 2023 to 12 Dec 2023.

Fogarty Finger Architecture‘s Selected Projects

The Dime – Brooklyn, New York

Standing next to the landmarked neo-classical Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg, which has taken pride of place on Havemeyer Street since 1908, is the modern mixed-use award-winning tower The Dime, which epitomizes the ideal of live/work/play. The 23-story glass and fluted terracotta building, known for its rounded corners, has ground-floor retail, five floors of commercial office space, and 17 floors of luxury residential rental units, each with its own entrance.

The sleek, business-like commercial lobby features a metal montage created by Brooklyn-based sculptor Tom Fruin through laser cutting. An interior wall opposite the elevator banks is a muted black fluted terracotta wall that mimics the exterior façade.

Viewed from the ground floor windows, the residential lobby offers a serene scene with specially designed seating and a striking collage of found objects created by public artist Caledonia Curry (aka Swoon).

Photos by Fogarty Finger

Nova – Long Island City, New York

Nova uses the constraints of its small triangular-shaped site to its advantage, reaching out to the skyline and a public park in a desirable, up-and-coming neighborhood. Inspired by the Flatiron Building, the opulent condominium establishes a new landmark for Long Island City, an expanding residential community. From every angle, this contemporary reinterpretation of a famous building provides a range of elegant living and recreational areas with views of the city. The cladding features large glazing, black metal mullions, and custom white terracotta panels with a ribbed pattern reminiscent of corduroy.

Despite the design’s apparent simplicity, intricate geometry is needed. To create a mega-frame, the main structure is pushed out to the outside of the building. The «prow,» which creates remarkable layouts for the apartments and common areas inside, is the building’s defining feature. Inspired by the principles of Feng Shui, the interior spaces feature a neutral color palette of warm wood, brass accents, custom fixtures, and tiles that harmonize with the building’s modern exterior.

Two «swoops» that flank the rounded corner of the building draw attention upward from the ground floor retail space enclosed by glass. As the facade pulls back, it forms a terrace on the second floor before continuing skyward. The entire second floor is devoted to amenities; it includes an adult library/lounge that opens onto the terrace, a children’s playroom, and a double-height fitness center with floor to ceiling windows. The building’s focal point, a landscaped rooftop terrace, offers a spot for residents to unwind and mingle while taking in the breathtaking views.

Photos by Fogarty Finger

141 WILLOUGHBY – New York

As Downtown Brooklyn develops into a premier business district, it also becomes a destination for recently constructed, notable buildings, with 141 Willoughby positioned prominently at its entrance. Located on a triangular-shaped site at the intersection of two major thoroughfares, the wedge-shaped office tower, while Miesian in nature, is designed inside and out for the twenty-first century.

The building’s floor-to-ceiling glass curtainwall façade is dotted with unique bronze panels that sparkle in the sun, letting in an abundance of natural light. The structure is divided by horizontal bands that get wider apart as the building rises. As the building rises, the floorplates become smaller.

The building’s mass is purposefully broken up by a «crease,» which produces a unique silhouette. A pocket park with greenery and pedestrian seating is added at one of the triangle’s edges. 360-degree views of downtown Brooklyn, the East and Hudson Rivers, the connecting bridges, and the Manhattan skyline are available from its prime downtown location.

Photos by Fogarty Finger

We will be posting more projects by Fogarty Finger Architecture in the upcoming weeks and months, so keep an eye out for more of their incredible work! Every Friday we will be posting a new Featured Company, so join us again next week!

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