In the New York City neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, architecture and interior design firm Spacesmith brings its renowned interiors leadership to the first phase of Halletts Point, a 2.4 million-square-foot mixed-use community developed by the Durst Organization.
The Durst-led project includes 10 Halletts Point for which Spacesmith is designing residential entry lobbies, corridors, mail areas and a leasing office. The firm is also collaborating with the Durst Organization and Dattner on 10 Halletts Point's residential amenity spaces, fitness center, children’s recreational area and model apartments.
The design solution places a strong emphasis on sustainability and occupant wellbeing and brings warm color palettes and muted textures to the common areas. The goal was to create a welcoming, hospitality-oriented atmosphere that feels like an extension of individual apartments.
Drawing on the firm’s expertise in wellbeing, green methods and mindful, Spacesmith designed new apartment model units, common areas and 25,000 square feet of amenities including a fitness center, children’s recreational zones and even its open, welcoming mailroom.
To boost wellness in the community, Spacesmith worked closely with the client group -- which also includes the energy efficiency and sustainability consultants Vidaris -- to select building materials and furnishings based on rigorous emissions testing and third-party verifications.
Other sustainability, wellness and mindful design techniques included in the design are:
- Use of materials and paints that are healthy and as safe as possible, as well as carpets that exclude or minimize chemical content known to irritate or cause health or environmental concern.
- All wood finish materials are selected to meet the GreenSeal GS-47 for stains and finishes, a respected international standard.
- Design with biophilic and natural elements — colors, textures, patterns, lighting and more — known to impact occupant health and comfort, such as naturally finished woods and soft, durable, fabrics made of organic fibers.
- Mindfulness techniques like the use of hygge, a Danish concept about comfort and coziness, in lounge areas.
Material Used :
1. Reclaimed oak (lobby, lounge, party, children’s room) – Scanga Woodworking
2. Polished concrete floor and wall maetial (lobby) – Concrete Surfaces
3. Sea glass – ASI Specialty
4. Wool (lounge, party room carpets, fabrics) – Fabrics: Camira, HBF, Benrhardt,
5. Rugs – Tai Ping
6. Carpet Tile – Shaw, Interface
7. Fabrics – Knoll, Maharam
8. MDF (children’s room) — Reclaimed Oak, Scanga Woodworking
9. Cork (flooring children’s room) – Globus Cork Inc.
10. LVT (fitness flooring) – Spartan Surfaces
11. Back painted glass (fitness) – McGrory Glass
12. Motorized Roller Shades – Lutron
13. Stone (Entry way) – Stone Source
14. Paint – Benjamin Moore
15. Wall Covering – Carnegie
16. Plastic Laminate – Formica
17. Porcelain Tile – Stone Source
18. Solid Metal Laminate – Chemetal
19. Wood Veneer Wall panels – Armstrong World Industries
20. FSC Certified Engineered Wood Floor – Par-ky
21. FSC Certified Solid Wood Floor – Juncker's Hardwood