Join Front and REX at their offices for drinks, informal conversation, and a behind-the-scenes look at recent and upcoming projects. This program is part of First Friday, a monthly opportunity for League members to visit the offices of leading design practices to see work on the boards and learn more about the offices’ organization and design processes. These informal social gatherings feature happy hour drinks arranged by the host office.
Established in 2002, Front is an integrated design consulting firm comprising over forty professionals with backgrounds in architecture and structural, mechanical, and environmental engineering, with offices in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. Specializing in façade systems, Front has consulted on one hundred built projects utilizing a variety of façade treatments on buildings of all sizes.
Recent projects for which Front has consulted are the entire enclosure design for the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York and the entire enclosure, including the two vertical façade systems and skylight system, for Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn. Front provided engineering services for the contractor for the construction of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. An upcoming project is The Spheres: Rufus 2.0 Block 19, a futuristic centerpiece of office towers for Amazon in Seattle, WA.
REX, founded in 2006 by former OMA founding partner Joshua Prince-Ramus, is an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX, as they describe themselves, “consistently challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture.” Its work has garnered notable awards, including two AIA National Honor Awards, a U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology National Honor Award, an American Library Association National Building Award, and two American Council of Engineering Companies National Gold Awards.
Recent work includes the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas; and the Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center, Istanbul. Upcoming projects include the re-cladding and interior renovation of Five Manhattan West, New York; the Necklace Residence, a private residence in Long Island; the Mercedes-Benz Campus Extension and Future Center, Stuttgart; and 2050 M Street, an office building in Washington, D.C.
Offices of Front and REX
20 Jay Street, Suite 920 (Front and REX share the same suite)
DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201