Adjmi & Andreoli, an architecture firm formed earlier this year by Morris Adjmi, a favorite of downtown’s developers, and Aldo Andreoli will open a 2,500-square-foot office on North 8th Street by October.
The two architects are old friends and joined forces two years ago to enter a competition to design a 120,000-square-foot fashion, photography and video studio at 50 Varick St. in downtown Manhattan. They won and subsequently decided to create a formal partnership. A&A has 10 architects working on more than 1 million square feet of mixed-use commercial and residential projects underway in Tribeca, the Lower East Side and Red Hook, Brooklyn. The joint firm is currently housed in the same office as Mr. Adjmi’s own outfit, Morris Adjmi Architects, at 45 E. 20th St.
Mr. Adjmi will continue to run his own firm, which has earned accolades for creating modern buildings that fit seamlessly into historic neighborhoods. Among his noteworthy projects are Scholastic’s headquarters at 557 Broadway, the Theory Building at 408 Greenwich St. and the High Line Building at 450 W. 14th St. He also designed the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, which has become a favored hipster hangout.
A native of Turin, Italy, Mr. Andreoli has designed projects all over the world, and will also retain his own practice. He moved to New York in the early 1990s where he founded the architectural practice, Aldo Andreoli Associates and SANBA, a design-oriented development company. Among his projects were 56 Thompson St. and 140 Franklin St., both old warehouses that were converted to condominiums. He left New York after Sept. 11, 2011 and returned about two years ago.
Mr. Adjmi said he and his partner chose Williamsburg because they both like its energy, and because they wanted to put some distance between their office and Mr. Adjmi’s office. Mr. Andreoli had a special reason to back the location at 70 North 8th St.—he lives in Williamsburg.
Mr. Adjmi said there won’t be any major differences in the types of projects the two firms pursue. So when asked why he wanted to create a separate firm, he said, “It’s like music. Sometimes you want to work solo and sometimes you want to work with others.” He added, “It is just a different dynamic.”
Mr. Andreoli said that they worked together so well on the Varick Street project that it just seemed logical to continue the relationship. “We are just a very good fit,” he said. SANBA is also at 45 E. 20th St. and will move to the new Williamsburg office when construction is complete.