This is truly one of the world’s great interiors, its 100-foot-width recalling the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the Crystal Palace of London, and that great pedestrian thoroughfare, Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Not since working at I.M. Pei & Partners have I been involved in a project of this magnitude, where perspective begins to play tricks with the eye. From a distance, people seem like ants scurrying around. When someone is close by, the vastness retreats into the illusion of a flat stage set.” Alexander Gorlin
In Gorlin’s 2015 article for Interior Design magazine, the principal architect behind Bell Works talks about his charge to facilitate the transformation an abandoned hub of technological innovation into the Holmdel, NJ metroburb. Acknowledging the vision of Somerset Development president, Ralph Zucker, Gorlin focuses on how his understanding of Josef Albers and the Bauhaus helped him achieve the feat of successful, adaptive reuse in the former Bell Labs building.
He and his team needed to preserve the gloriousness and the ‘feel’ of the original mid-century masterpiece designed by architect Eero Saarinen while marrying the visceral reaction so common in people who interact with the building to practical upgrades necessary to provide the spaces 21st-century companies, retailers, and hospitality professionals demand. Challenging? Yes. But the results are no less than spectacular. Read more.