NK Architects is a full-service architectural, interior design, planning, and structural engineering firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. They were founded in 1972 on the commitment to client service and the pursuit of excellence in architecture. Their professionals are natural leaders with a passion for their work and an earned authority that enables them to exemplify NK’s unique skill and agility. They fully understand and embrace the importance of what we do and take seriously their responsibility to their clients, end-users and the environment. They work hard every day to promote this as an integral component of their culture. CovetED is here to let you know all about the designer, are you ready? Come and find out more about the projects!
NK Architects has been ranked by NJBIZ as the 3rd largest Architecture firm in New Jersey, has been ranked by Modern Healthcare as the #1 healthcare architecture firm in New Jersey, ranked by Modern Healthcare as the #10 healthcare architecture firm in New York City.
School of Architecture, Laboratory for Embodied Computation
The Living in association with NK Architects were commissioned by Princeton University for this project which is simple in form and sophisticated in function. A true “open source building,” the Embodied Computation Lab hosts research on the future of construction and computation. Just as biologists use an electron microscope to study organisms, architects will use this structure to study buildings. The modest shed-like form and rustic wood facade belie its function as a state-of-the-art classroom and workshop for research in advanced building technologies including automated construction, feedback systems, energy harnessing, and new wall and roof assemblies. The building incorporates sustainability and low-carbon features throughout. The façade, composed of over 900 salvaged scaffolding boards from New York City, utilized the use of custom algorithms trained to detect knots in wood—bringing the power of machine learning to the physical world. Supporting flexible open-source utilization and adaptability, a third of its framework extends out beyond the enclosed structure, providing researchers with the bones to build out their own wall assemblies at full scale. Another example of this approach is the configuration of the heating system: while the lab currently harvests waste heat from the neighbouring chemistry building, it is installed with equipment and controls to allow alternate sources such as a geothermal well.
School of Business & Public Management
Today’s students benefit from the omnipresence of technology, shared knowledge, social media networking, and near-constant communication independent from the limitations of their surroundings or backgrounds. These tools offer unique and revolutionary ways to learn and interact; they are disrupting traditional models of learning and pedagogy. Despite these changes, business students are spending an increasing amount of their time on campus and an overwhelming majority of their time in the business school building. The contemporary business school environment must enhance the social learning aspects that today’s students thrive in by providing increased spaces for collaboration, shared experiences, and support of their immediate learning communities.
SUNY College of Optometry
Pediatric Optometry Suite
The very first onstage/offstage clinical unit for SUNY College of Optometry streamlines both the patient experience and staff collaboration, within a hyper-efficient, child-friendly pediatric optometry suite. Inspired by the colour and faceted form of optical prisms, eight brightly coloured exam rooms are arranged around a central “offstage” workspace where clinicians and students collaborate. This layout also frees up an “onstage” perimeter zone for patients and families, in staggered corridors which create secondary waiting areas outside each room.
East Tower – New Brunswick Campus
RWJBH’s new East Tower occupies one of the campus’ most prominent sites and is a major addition to New Brunswick’s growing skyline. It presents a new face for the Hospital to commuters riding the Amtrak lines which bound the southern edge of the triangular, sloping site. The 14-story building includes a below-grade sub-station for the Hospital’s emergency power needs, 700+ employee parking spaces and 155,000 square feet of office space.
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