Tracy Anderson Dance Studio
Tracy Anderson Dance Studio
Dance Studio, New York, 2007
New York | 2007
Designed to be seen as an extension of its clients’ homes, the Tracy Anderson Method Studio, founded by Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow, links a variety of spaces with atmospheric qualities that are in tune with a healthy, active, holistic lifestyle. Certain spaces are intended to stimulate physical activity while others are designed for relaxation before and after work-outs.
The bright space, triggered by the huge loft windows, makes the studio feel at home in the distinguished area of Tribeca and creates a venue where exercise and city life mesh to accentuate the Method as being a part of one’s daily life.
The soft materials and flowing natural light of the gym invoke comfort while the excitement of the Method’s steel cubes, kick-bars, band system and spring mounted dance floor appeal to the notion of kinesis. StudioMDA created an interior inspired by physical motion to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.
credit: Marc Lins
Cultural, New York, USA, 2013
New York | 2013
Nahmad Contemporary, the first art gallery of Joseph Nahmad, is a renovation project that was designed by studioMDA in 2013. It is located on Madison Avenue between East 76th st. and East 77th st. The newly designed gallery maximizes the ceiling height, and subsequently increases the area of wall space. This allows the gallery to exhibit large pieces of art while eliminating any feeling of congestion and compactness. Previously exposed building systems are now concealed - only the lighting systems remain visible. By doing so, the contrast between highlights and shadows enhances the ceiling design. This feature does not compete with the work being exhibited due to the neutrality of tone produced by the combination of wall color and lighting. The evenly lit space de-emphasizes any area of visual importance to provide an open zone for curation.
Photo credit: Roland Halbe
507 24th Street Gallery
New York, 2013
The open gallery utilizes the structure of the High Line as its structural ceiling, with skylights on either side of the elevated platform. The gallery has no other roof, and four of the High Line columns stand within the space of the gallery, blurring the distinction between the interior and the exterior. This idea is further reinforced by a secondary ceiling envelope, a double-curved membrane which cuts through this blurred realm and mimics the mutability of a sheet blowing in the wind. This configuration, simulating one frozen moment of an object in motion, in turn blurs one's temporal and spatial consciousness: a space charged with ambiguity. While transforming the static white box into a dynamic art space, the walls remain fixed, creating a perfect canvas on which to exhibit and experience art.
DAVID NOLAN GALLERY
Gallery, New York, 2008
New York | 2008
The David Nolan Gallery, located in the heart of Chelsea, was completed in 2008. This four-story black and gray building houses a contemporary art gallery all three floors, and viewing rooms on the first floor. The mezzanine provides an open to the main gallery and the showroom on the ground floor. The first floor facade is the result of a collaboration between Studio MDA’s architectural team and the sculptor Richard Artschwager. The facade is articulated with Artschwager’s signature mid-cadmium yellow frames. Above the windows and doors are transoms of mirrored glass – reflecting the street scape, viewers and sky of Chelsea. The facade is referent to Arschwager’s views on material utility and inconsistency. The design couples symmetry with reflectivity – challenging the expectations of what is solid vs. void.
Photo credit: Paul Ober
Sports Center, New York, 2011
New York | 2011
Located in an historic industrial loft building in downtown Manhattan, ExerBlast is a family-fitness facility that synthesizes interactive technologies and physical obstacles with the use of dynamic spatial organization.
The 6,000 square foot space, covering two floors, is divided into multiple zones that include a rock wall room, a core-strengthening room, an open room with surfaces for projected media, a multipurpose/party room, and administrative offices. Connecting all of these elements is a blue, circuit-like paint design called the Power Path. It directs the flow of activities throughout the space. The delineation of surfaces for the projection of interactive games further coordinates the experience. On the stairs, between the ground floor and the basement floor, open views into multiple spaces help to visually create one continuous active space.
The careful delineation of surfaces, amid the forward-moving blue lines, coordinates the overall experience as floors and walls become canvases for the projection of interactive games.