SPAN Architecture LLC brings together a diverse array of experiences and interests as practitioners, teachers, artists, and theorists. The studios award-winning work combines thoughtful and inventive conceptual design with technological innovation and creative material application. The studio thrives on the ability to work with client partners, design teams, technicians and artisans to bring these ideas to fruition. Above all else, SPAN shares a deep appreciation and reverence for architecture that guides their pursuit of creating superlative work.
SPAN Architecture’s work encompasses a broad range of project types, from residential to commercial, development to high-end retail, and custom objects including furniture, hardware, lighting and art. SPAN’s multifaceted approach enables the studio to seamlessly blend between and integrate the expertise of these diverse experiences.
Currently, SPAN is completing the main house, pool house and gardens for the historic property, August Moon, in Bar Harbor ME, two triplex penthouses in NYC, a home, studio and pool in Kent, CT, a home in Toronto. Canada, a modest barn renovation in Rock Hall MD as well as mulitple townhomes, apartments and development projects. Principal Pelsinski was recently noted in the Wall Street Journal Mansion Section, front page, (October 12, 2016) for his expertise in townhome design. SPAN is the design lead as the Interior Architect on three high-end residential condominium towers at LA Metropolis, Greenland USA’s major debut project in the United States. Similar endeavors include design on Rockrose’s Court Square in Long Island City, the largest 80/20 project outside Manhattan in New York, encompassing nearly 60,000 SF of amenity space. Gotham Organization's Ashland Place in the BAM Cultural District follows their successful execution of Gotham West (AIANY Residential Review Competition 2015, American Architecture Prize Honorable Mention 2016), a four building complex on a citywide block that includes residential interiors, 35,000 SF of amenity spaces and adjacent gardens.
SPAN is currently completing their evolutionary design concept for the iconic Calvin Klein Collection boutique in Macau and has completed additional new boutiques in Shenyang (AIANY Interior Honors Award 2014, AIANYS Citation of Merit 2016, American Architecture Prize Honorable Mention 2016), Singapore (FX Award 2014, Architizer A+ Award 2015), Bangkok, Kuala Lampur, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Other notable commercial projects include the recently opened Hyatt Times Square, a new 54 story tower, 500 key hotel which includes a spa, meeting rooms, gym and the roof top restaurant, Bar 54. The project was a 2014 Interior Design Best of Year Hospitality Award Honoree and won the highest honor of Gold Medal, American Architecure Prize 2016. SPAN worked extensively on the feasibility of the 2-acre, 21st century interpretation of the historic bazaar market located at the center of the Las Vegas strip for Bally’s in 2011. The Core Club, featured in and on the cover of Interior Design November 2007, a 30,000 SF private club composed of a 8,500 SF restaurant with outdoor terrace, 60-seat screening room, spa, gym, library, and meeting rooms. The spa includes treatment and wellness areas, steam rooms and saunas, manicure/pedicure facilities, and salon/barber. The project received a 2008 AIANYS Citation for Design and continues to be prolifically published. The dental suite for GoSmile Aesthetics continues to be featured along with the initial publications in 2007 in Interior Design, Business Week, and SPA-DE among others. SPAN's innovative design and advanced technical invention for Keyspan Energy’s nationwide teleconferencing rooms won a 2005 AIA Award for Architectural Excellence. In 2007.
Complementing SPAN’s commercial work, residential projects for private clients have included new homes, townhouses, apartments, pool, tea and boat houses and interior architecture and design. SPAN’s Westport Residence and Pool House (AIANYS Award 2016) graced the August 2012 cover of Architectural Digest. The Upper East Side Duplex (Architizer A+ Award 2015, AIANY Residential Review Competition 2015, American Architecture Prize Honorable Mention 2016) is featured in Interior Design’s October 2015 issue “New York’s Finest". The August Moon Guest House is one of a select fifteen homes in Dwell Magazines “15 Years of the Best Modern Homes”, October 2015.
In 2007 The Architect’s Newspaper featured the studio’s diverse array of built work. In June 2015, the studio's work was featured in Interior Design's CrossLines Review. The rug line "Through the Lens", displayed and produced by Crosby Street Studio, inaugurates the launch of SPAN Design, a collection of SPAN's bespoke items.
PHILANTRHOPIC / SPECULATIVE / ACADEMIC ENDEAVOURS
In addition to the studio’s built work, SPAN continues to work on speculative development projects, competitions, pro-bono projects and academic endeavors.
SPAN was a selected participant in the 42nd Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House (Project Salon 16) which raised over $1M for the foundation. The studio participated in OpenHouseNewYork’s Open Studio NYCxDesign 2013, a new citywide initiative to showcase the important role that architecture and design plays in New York. In 2013 and 2014 Principal Pelsinski gave tours of Hyatt Times Square and Gotham West as part of the studios’ ongoing involvement. Pelsinski has also given guided tours as requested by the Times Square Alliance. SPAN designed the New York Council for the Humanities pro bono.
SPAN encourages teaching within and outside the studio. SPAN sponsors interns from a variety of schools including Princeton University, Michigan State, Parsons, and Le Ecole Bleue. Principal Stonely participated in the Mentor Program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Pelsinski currently teaches the integrated building design seminar and laboratory at Princeton University that designs and builds for charitable organizations. Pelsinski coordinated a traveling studio focused on issues of reconstruction between the New Jersey School of Architecture and the schools of Architecture at Poznan and Warsaw Universities comparing the building site of the WTC with post-war sites in Berlin, Warsaw and Poznan. SPAN members participate in numerous panel discussions and lectures. Stonely participated in “One Platform, One Solution” discusseing the nature of technology on design and production. Stonely and Pelsinski presented their work at Dwell On Design in 2014 and The Architectural Digest Home Show in 2014 and 2015. Pelsinski was a juror for the 2008 and 2009 “Designing Brooklyn” Awards as well as for the 2013 AIA DC Un-built Projects Award. Stonely juried the Architecture Newspapers Annual Best of Design Awards 2016, the CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards 2015, and The Architectural League of New York's Young Architect Prize.
SPAN was selected as one of five national firms to participate in the “Friends of Hudson Square Design Charrette Workshop & Exhibition”. The partners all chaired the “Friends Committee” for the Design Trust for Public Space. Pelsinski was on the Program Committee for OpenHouseNewYork. Stonely was on the Development Committee for the Architectural League of NY and is currently a Board member of OpenHouseNewYork.
The Studio is composed of the Principals, Studio Director, Associates, Project Managers/Draftsman, an Office Manager and support staff members. Teams are tailored to the size, complexity and specialty of each project. Facing the harbor and located in the heart of Manhattan's financial district, SPAN built out its current office space in September of 2006.