Based in New York and San Juan, Marvel is a firm with an impressive portfolio reflecting its commitment to effective urban planning that will play a role in reimagining the future of our cities through improved infrastructure and sustainable design. Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, its project New Lab provides space where forward-thinking entrepreneurs partner with corporate and city leaders in search of innovation. “It is an incubator space for curated companies to be together and share info and public areas with private think-tank areas set aside,” says Marvel, who was inspired by the idea of repurposing historical buildings (New Lab was originally a turbine factory for the Navy in World War II). “I think people are realizing that teamwork is the most valuable part of our creative capacity and sitting by oneself is far less productive than engaging with like-minded individuals. The unexpected moment happens when groups of people come together with their own ideas, giving a chance for brilliant new ideas to emerge.” Ten years plus in the making, the project to renovate Marvel’s 1909 Battery Maritime Building revitalized New York’s waterfront. The historic – and sadly neglected – Beaux Arts-design ferry terminal is a study in adaptive reuse, transformed into Casa Cipriani housing a wellness center, hotel, jazz café, private club, and dining areas. “This is an amazing opportunity to do more, to bring people together and inspire them to respect historic buildings,” notes Marvel.
International interior designer Joy Moyler
Top: The 25,000 square-foot pre-Civil War building boasts an open-air triangle garden. Middle: Located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, St. Ann’s Warehouse. The state-of-the-art theater was designed as a theatre space that houses different configurations for theater and music programming and large-scale festivals. Bottom: St. Ann’s also provides a multi-use studio for local artists and community groups.
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