Interior Design Magazine NYCxDesign 2017 Lobby Award Honoree
The lobby spaces of the Berkley, a new 95 unit residential building in the heart of Williamsburg with interiors designed by Meshberg Group, were conceived as warm, contemplative environments for residents and visitors alike. Inspired in part by the installations of artist James Turrell, who works with light and space to create meditative experiences through spatial perceptions, the project concept brings together intersecting facets of materials and light.
Hard polished concrete floors reflective of the neighborhood’s industrial past contrast warm planes of undulating maple wood edged in blackened steel. In-direct light emanates from between the panels forming converging patterns and subtle transitions. Geometric walls painted in a subtle gradient punctuate the minimal aesthetic with an intimate and inviting glow.
An angled custom steel reception desk with a blackened steel finish anchors the main lobby space with textured warmth. While in the seating areas geometric forms beckon – circular lounge chairs, slatted benches, and gem like glass coffee tables – from atop soothing blue hued gradient rugs.
No one element or motif is “the centerpiece” or “coup de grace” within the lobby’s interiors. The spaces are the statement, and they were designed to reflect their inhabitants. Bold, welcoming, and threaded by beams of light and shifting planes, the lobby spaces at the Berkley celebrate the ever-changing neighborhood of Williamsburg; it’s different cultures, businesses, and history.