2018 - PRESENT
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN. 200,000 SF RENOVATION AND 80,000 SF NEW CONSTRUCTION
HMA2 is planning a major transformation of the Narxoz university campus, originally built in the Soviet era. The project includes the complete interior and exterior renovation of its nearly 300 meter long building. Bisecting the long building will be a new entry “gateway building” that will provide flexible assembly, meeting and dining spaces for academic uses as well as broader community events.The architecture and site are woven to create an outdoor shared university and community event, art exhibition, and recreation place, “Gateway Park” at Narxoz University. The gateway building’s cantilevered front creates an open entry porch over an extended plaza. The the existing entry building with it’s iconic mosaic mural shall become part of the library and will have a new courtyard surrounded by a landscaped pergola. Parking on site will be available for campus and community visitors. The campus design will transform Narxoz University into a state of the art academic center, a civic cultural and community center, and a recognized regional and global destination.
WESTPORT, CT / 65,000 SF RENOVATION & EXPANSION
A renovation and expansion aims to transform Westport Library into an architecturally uplifting destination worthy of its powerhouse community. Nearly 1,500 daily visitors crowd into the existing facility. Due to its insufficient and inefficient spaces, many are currently turned away from the library’s popular events and experiences. The new design not only addresses practical issues of access and operation, but also engages the park and river setting with open views and inviting extensions of indoor and outdoor spaces. As Westport’s beacon on a hill, the library becomes a center of lifelong learning, a catalyst of economic vitality and a 21st century home away from home.
"We’re about jewelry literacy. The kind you find in our collection of books and catalogues. The kind that comes from hearing a jewelry artist talk about their craft. The kind that comes from handling “pieces.” We’re about jewelry stories. The story of your grandmother’s brooch. The story that inspired a young jeweler’s collection. The Hope Diamond. The Crown Jewels. And movies like The Earrings of Madame de… We’re about jewelry community. Open to all jewelry people."
BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN 65,000 SF RESIDENTIAL + 150,000 SF ACADEMIC CENTER
A new college campus for AUCA breaks new ground in designing college spaces and in transforming Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic. The design nods to liberal arts colleges of America while integrating the colors, patterns and hospitality of Kyrgyz nomadic culture. Like the indigenous yurt, the large academic building is a multi-use and flexible structure for learning, dining, gathering and playing. The dense weave of interior spaces aims to spark spontaneous and creative interactions, and takes extra advantage of every square meter. Framed between the architecture and mountains the welcoming entry quad recalls both the historic campus at the University of Virginia and the tree lined parks of Bishkek. A sustainable geothermal system utilizing the world's most current technologies to heat and cool the building is a first in Kyrgyzstan—and with AUCA's leadership, not the last.
NEW YORK, NY / 15,000 SF / 2011-2012
Innovate Manhattan Charter School spent the 2011-2012 school year incubating in historic Tweed Hall. The pop-up design installed in the summer of 2011, transformed large scale spaces into different learning zones. Each comprised a central study and workshop area flanked by two classroom areas. By September of 2012, the school had relocated to its permanent home at Delancey Street in the Lower East Side. With a focus on individualized education, learning subjects rotate from classroom to classroom, promoting flexibility in a shared environment. Dedicated study zones in different settings allow small groups and individuals to focus. Ease of circulation and changing environments engage students in active learning.
NEW YORK CITY, NY / 2012 5,000 SQ. FT. FOR RENOVATIONS / 35,000 SQ. FT. EXPANSION
In just a few years the leadership for this K-8 parochial school has transformed its programs and pedagogy to better serve its community and prepare its students for the world today. Tradition and innovation guide ongoing design and construction work to retrofit the existing historic building and to plan a dramatic extension in 2015. Phase 1, completed this past summer included transforming underutilized roof terrace space into an environmental science lab that has both indoor and outdoor leaning spaces, connected by a glass garage door. In addition the roof terrace's mobile planters can be pushed to the side to allow for large social events both day and night. The indoor lab hosts board meetings.
NEW YORK CITY, NY / 6,000 SF
The way students use a library has radically changed since this world class high school's library was built a generation ago. While the existing library had been retrofitted more recently to accommodate fixed computer stations and a writing center, the library spaces and services are so in demand that eager students often waited in line at the front door to gain access. In response, HMA2 conceived a learning and gathering center that could flexibly accommodate large numbers of students working in groups, multiple computer stations, teaching with smart boards, and assemblies for events as well as a home for the English department and its writing center. Now students enter an open, compact and welcoming loft for learning and an oasis for study.
WASHINGTON, DC / 22,000 SF
Updating Carnegie libraries for living and learning in the 21st centurywas part of Washington DC’s visionary expansion plan for its public libraries promoting community pride and participation. As part of the work to the Southeast branch, neighborhood residents and social media were engaged to produce decorative finishes. The 1925 Mount Pleasant branch (in collaboration with local firm, CORE) conceived a sensitive restoration and respectful expansion. A central atrium connects old and new buildings, greeting and orienting visitors. Work included the restoration of existing murals by artist Aurelius Battaglia, who went on to illustrate Disney movie classics, Dumbo and Pinocchio. His colors and patterns inform the new interior design, inspiring ongoing generations.
CHARLOTTE, NC / 30,000 SF RENOVATION
A new welcoming entry with concierge help desk and cafe greets students and faculty to a teaching and learning center and “tech forum.” This first phase renovation that was built in two months transforms the ground level of 1970’s era library into a modern academic and social magnet.
The designs for the L!BRARY initiative reinvented the school library in New York, aiming to boost student reading scores as well as the love for learning. Funded and led by the Robin Hood Foundation, the L!BRARY initiative produced 60 libraries for public schools in NYC's neediest districts. As a volunteer and in collaboration with educators, Henry Myerberg helped conceive the L!BRARY initiative in 1999. He designed 12 libraries and recruited other leading architects and designers to participate in creating the libraries. As children learn best in collaborative settings, the libraries have open and flexible spaces equipped with current technology, books and newly trained librarians in what Myerberg calls "playgrounds for learning". The new spaces also provide well-needed after school facilities for children.
ELON, NC / 15,000 SF
A new public library for a growing community enhances and compliments a public recreational park. The broad roof of the one-story library is like a giant leaf over a square terrace pad and fronts a “town green.” Conceived as a community center for multi-generational activities, the library invites children and adults to participate in learning, computing, reading and socializing.
BRYN MAWR, PA / 10,000 SF RENOVATION + 35,000 SF EXPANSION
This project heralds the transformation of the academic library from a quiet book-filled study sanctuary to an active academic and social center. Respectful of its setting, the modern glass, steel and stone two-story library is conceived as a restrained expansion to historic Thomas Hall, nestling into a sloping site under a grassy roof terrace. A central four-story high atrium hosting both passive activities such as reading as well as organized events, connects the old and new buildings while bringing daylight and by night, moonlight, into the lower levels. The library’s dense weave of study, lecture, seminar, book stack and office spaces create settings for planned and spontaneous interactions amongst students and faculty. Today this library is a top stop on Bryn Mawr campus tours.
BALTIMORE, MD / 10,000 SF
An expansion and renovation of a synagogue and school included a library, classrooms and gym. The library is the heart and soul of the school expansion and provides flexible gathering, study and technology spaces for all age groups. It features an interior rotunda whose encircling books and glazed openings help create an iconic and quiet setting for storytelling, reading and conferences.