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Scarano wins two SARA-NY awards.

Scarano Architects PLLC has won two awards from the New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA-NY), including an Award of Merit and an Award of Honor, announces Robert M. Scarano, Jr., principal of the Brooklyn-based architecture firm.

Scarano Architects received an Award of Merit for its proposal for The South Tower, a mixed-use building in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The 320-foot-tall, 60,000-s/f building will house a residential apartment tower, topping a commercial base that includes a visual arts space, medical offices, executive parking garage, retail stores and public spaces. According to project manager Diego Wisnivesky, the design preserves an existing three-story 1830's landmark mansion on the site.

In addition, the building will have two different scales to relate both to the existing architecture and public space as well as to the larger, urban scale of the surrounding neighborhood, with its Fort Greene Park, Williamsburg Bank Tower and the Manhattan Skyline as a backdrop.

"The South Tower proposal is a celebration of public space, including open park areas on site and a well-scaled relationship with the street to encourage public use and activities," says Scarano.

"Receiving the SARA Award for this proposal is a great honor because it acknowledges our continuing dedication to designing beautiful, modern buildings while preserving the scale and history of the neighborhood."

Scarano Interiors, the interior design division of Scarano Architects, received an Award of Honor for its design of the offices of a fast-growing real estate firm on Driggs Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The project includes 20 workstations, conference and service areas, and a reception desk, all contained within 2,000 s/f, with a challenging construction budget of $50,000.

"To portray the young, friendly vibe of the company, Scarano Interiors incorporated a main conference room that is a floor-to-ceiling frameless glass enclosure, detached on all four sides and turned on an angle. This positioning divides the office into public and private areas without physical barriers, and creates secondary meeting areas between the corners of the conference room and existing walls," says Hadas Metzler, chief designer. "The raw character of the space, with its exposed brick walls and sprinklers, was preserved and brought into the design, which also draws inspiration from the firm's logo."

"We are so pleased to accept the SARA Award of Honor for our interior design work," adds Scarano. "The mission of our new interior design division is to bring the wonderful character of individual Brooklyn neighborhoods inside, accentuating the unique spaces and distinctive aesthetic of the area. Our client was delighted with the results, and this award is a wonderful confirmation of our achievement there."

The awards will be presented at the New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects' Awards Banquet on June 27.
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Title Annotation:Scarano Architects PLLC
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Jun 14, 2006
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