MASterworks Explorations: Mercury Store

2023 Winner for Best Adaptive Reuse

This fall, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our 2023 MASterworks Awards! We have curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects.

On Tuesday, October 17th from 6:30-7:30 PM, join MAS for a visit to the Mercury Store, 2023 MASterworks winner for Best Adaptive Reuse. Team members from CO Adaptive Architecture, the design team behind the project, and folks from the Mercury Store will lead attendees around the industrial building, which now operates as a start-up space for theatre artists, fostering collaboration, creativity, and community in Gowanus.

The building was constructed in 1902 and its original purpose was as a metal foundry. Brooklyn-based firm CO Adaptive Architecture transformed the old foundry into a more open, expansive space that includes rooms of various sizes — some fit for rehearsal, others for performance, and some rooms that can be subdivided and change size depending on the needs of the artists. The Mercury Store is bringing new life and light to this historic structure. Read more about the space here.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. Register for the waitlist below. Email with any questions.

Tuesday, October 17
6:30 PM — 7:30 PM

Mercury Store
131 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215


Mercury Store. Photo: Naho Kubota.

COVID Safety Guidelines:
This program is limited to 30 attendees. Masks are not required for outdoor MASterworks Explorations. Should the group ventures indoors, masks may be required, so please be prepared to have one with you.

About the MASterworks Awards:

Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute each year to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. Awards are presented in the following categories:

Best New Building for outstanding architectural design
Best Urban Landscape for a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience
Best Restoration for a project that expertly enhances the original qualities of a significant historic building or structure
Best Adaptive Reuse for a project that demonstrates exceptional creativity in adaptive reuse of an existing building or structure
Best New Infrastructure for distinctive design in public service projects
Best New Urban Amenity for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city.

Read more about the MASterworks Awards here.

2023 MASterworks Jury:

Wellington Chen, Executive Director, Chinatown Partnership
Wendy Evans Joseph, MAS Board of Directors and Studio Joseph
Signe Nielsen, Founding Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA)
Aniket Shahane, Principal, Office of Architecture (OA) and Senior Critic, Yale University School of Architecture

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