Inside A/D/O, New York’s New Design and Culture Hub

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Greenpoint is one of the most charming places in New York City. With its refined approach of curating the most interesting culture mix it has grown as a destination for best food and pickiest design shops (see my walking exploration of Greenpoint for details). The only thing missing for me was a clear creative destination where I could go to get immersed and see the next thing in design. It looks like A/D/O — stands for the Amalgamated Drawing Office — opening this month could satisfy a big part of that craving. I stopped by at 29 Norman Ave. just before the opening for a quick tour.


A/D/O was designed by nARCHITECTS as a flexible space for any creative occasion
A mirror installation mounted on the sunroof uses clever angles to reflect the surrounding city skyline — an open invitation to all of New York City to come


Nordic-inspired restaurant by the chefs Fredrik Berselius and Claus Meyer
The rooftop of the A/D/O center would serve as a space for art installations. You won’t be able to get up there but I bet you’ll enjoy looking at the Google Earth view.


A/D/O will offer free space in the common area, digital fabrication and printing tools, talks, and workshops. It will also include a Nordic-inspired restaurant for gastronomic innovation, and a design shop with picks by curators.

A $400 membership will include your own desk, secured access to the Lab and its toolshop, and project assistance from the Workspace Supervisors. In addition, you’ll have exclusive access to events, screenings and workshops.


Urban X, a startup accelerator working on improving life in the city, occupies its own space
The shop offers a selection of design and style goods





29 Norman Ave., Greenpoint
Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Google Map


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