31 July 2015
Everyone at 4240 participates in a weekly seminar on a topic connected to the practice, called “YOUniversity” these sessions are peer taught examinations ranging from developing concepts through building. To hone our presentation skills, the "Predesign" group held a two-session competition in which teams of 2 to 4 sketched and presented ideas to reinvigorate our front office. The winning design pictured above was created by Matt Cecere, Felix Tannenbaum, Kit Piane, and Ron Rowcotsky.
"At the heart of 4240's work is relationships- buildings to their context, to their occupants, with our clients and with our teams - we wanted to make the heart of our work space about relationships. This space is meant to provide a place for us all to comfortably gather at once, perhaps in small groups to sit and talk or a place for individuals to read, write or look out onto the river. We want the entrance of our space to be warm, inviting; offering character, ideas, and most of all: a comfortable place to sit.
The seating is stadium seating of custom cut plywood. Within the seating are our bookshelves which house our book collection. This is to be a space that offers a variety of configurations and a variety of purposes but it is always about creating a place where ideas and conversations can flow freely."