More than 1,200 architects, designers, and friends got to wind down and refresh at The Architectural League's 2016 Beaux Arts Ball, which took place at the new nARCHITECTS-designed A/D/O space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn last Friday. Co-chaired by architects Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown, this year's “Tabula Rasa” theme was all about celebrating creativity in progress, the act of fresh-thinking, and New York's ceaseless reinvention.
Keep scrolling to see a photo recap of the event.
Taking place at a different venue within NYC's five boroughs every year, the Ball hosts site-specific installations, performances, and other special engagements for partygoers. In tandem with the Tabula Rasa theme, guests got a good look inside the 23,000 square-foot still-in-progress A/D/O industrial space and were surrounded by natural stone slabs from ABC Worldwide Stone, a reputable provider to the design community.
Guests mingled underneath a “floating tabula rasa” called “Table's Clear”, a site-specific installation designed by Ultramoderne. “The lightweight fabric hangs in a subtle catenary shape, creating new spaces and environments without the construction of a single wall,” Ultramoderne describes.
“Monumental voids cut into the fabric lightly define rooms within the larger space, while a careful choreography allows the textile to animate between states twice during the night: from a low-lying plane that clears the space to floating overhead canopy — and back again,” Ultramoderne said.
Multi-disciplinary collective Wild Dogs International added digital splashes of color throughout the space with the projection-mapped architectural abstractions that they developed.
Guests chilled out to tunes by DJay Jung, and they enjoyed a menu of light fare curated by Chef Fredrik Berselius of the acclaimed Nordic-inspired restaurant Aska. Although there are only a few months left in 2016, the Architectural League kicked off a new cultural year on a high note at another successful Beaux Arts Ball.
All photos courtesy of The Architectural League of New York.
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