Real Estate Bisnow sits down with the partners

November 09, 2009

BY: Bisnow

Rock & Roll Architects

After the Montroy Andersen DeMarco-designed Discovery Times Square Exposition opened recently, we sat down with principals Steven Andersen, Daniel Montroy, and Richard DeMarco for an update on the firm’s projects. One best-known effort is the 25k-SF Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex at 76 Mercer St., which opened a year ago. The firm also worked on the 100k-SF, landmarked, RFR Realty-owned 160 Fifth Avenue, restoring the façade, adding frontage to the historical retail/commercial building, relocating its lobby, and adding new multi-level retail space. Currently, it’s working on a 20k-SF interior design for Peppercom Communications.

The recently completed interior of the 60k-SF Discovery Times Square Exposition is now exhibiting the largest collection of Titanic artifacts. Also on the roster: the Metal Shutter Houses, an 11-story Shigeru Ban-designed condominium building at 524 West 19th St., which is fully sold and almost complete. The firm also worked with one of the world’s largest fragrance companies in East Hanover, NJ , where it redesigned a building with lab spaces, offices, and showrooms. On the home front, it’s working more on greening its staff and client base, and although office interior design has slowed, prebuilt space is picking up traction.

Who better to work on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex than some rockin’ architects? Both Rich and Steven are music lovers and went to see Steely Dan recently. Steven’s also into the Rolling Stones—he’s seen them 38 times, planning vacations around its concerts from Stockholm to Chicago. Now that Rich is an empty nester, perhaps there's more concerts in his future.