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Looking west to media space and cantilevered stair, Study Platform, and Capsule. The Capsule is a suspended wood-lined, metal-clad meditation space, with its floating study platform, in front, suspended from the 1962 steel joists. / Richard Barnes

Re-Activating Terminal Iron Works

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Restoration & Renovation
Firm LocationNew York, United States
CompanyMarpillero Pollak Architects
Lead ArchitectSandro Marpillero
Design TeamMPA Team: Sandro Marpillero and Linda Pollak (Principals and leading Architects), Taigo Itadani (Project Manager, CA phase), Jung-Ahn Choi (Project Manager, SD – CD phases), Karl-Erik Larson, Cheng-Yi Lin, Mathew Saacke.

Renowned sculptor David Smith constructed Terminal Iron Works in the Adirondack wilderness, in three stages (1942, 1958 and 1962). Following his death in 1965, the family converted it for summer use in 1974 and 1996, adding a stone fireplace, kitchens, and mezzanines. When his daughter asked us to re-renovate the workshop as a single residence, we reopened the building’s relation with the site, while bringing archaeological layers to light. Our project reactivates historical traces of Smith’s vision, joining a holistic approach to sustainability with sensitivity and precision in restoration.