We Build Sustainable Pop-Up Architecture

Re-ply was founded in June 2020 by the New York studio of Australian architecture firm BVN as a response to the pandemic and as an investigation into circularity in the building industry

Re-purposing a Moment

Following the Covid-19 pandemic and #BLM protests in June 2020, most NYC businesses barricaded their shopfronts with plywood. This material was destined for landfill once it had served its temporary purpose. With a mission to find a second use for the plywood, re-ply’s initiative was to create a cost-effective and recycled ‘kit-of-parts’ for restaurant outdoor dining, to assist NYC’s cherished restaurants, cafés and bars to safely reopen.

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  • Plywood Collection >

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  • Outdoor Dining Kit

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Using digital fabrication and leveraging recycled and reclaimed materials, we've created a third generation 'Kit of Parts' outdoor dining solution for New York City and beyond.

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  • Civic Engagement

    Our motivation has been to first and foremost support restaurants. We have worked hard to make sure our structures are affordable and repeatable, while minimizing downtime for restaurants during installation. We have been fortunate to work with a wide range of clients and partners, allowing us to explore a variety of uses; from restaurants to workspaces, art projects and public activations.

  • Quality of Life

    Our designs are intended to improve the public realm. We strive to build structures that are universally accessible and safe for patrons, restaurant operators, pedestrians and traffic. Our modular approach has meant the structures can be moved, disassembled or reconfigured, and enables access to below-grade infrastructure.

  • Technology

    Re-ply uses high tech production to minimize the use of virgin materials, reduce material waste, improve quality and precision and allow for flat-pack style assembly. Our ‘kit of parts’ solution is designed to incorporate a variety of salvaged materials without compromise, and is adjustable enough to account for the many site conditions and considerations we see in NYC without requiring site-specific re-design.

Installed Not Constructed

Because re-ply is modular, it's easy to install as well as deconstruct, providing the flexibility to dismantle for the winter and pop-up again in the spring. It also can be either partially or fully disassembled to allow access to sub-grade services (ie. man holes) and for road re-surfacing. The kit can accommodate a number of roof styles and can be tailored to your aesthetic.

Learn More About Configurations

20+ Iterations in New York

Re-ply was designed from its inception to help restaurants rise above the challenges of COVID-19. We made it our mission to listen, learn and improve based on client needs and feedback.

Aside from being affordable, our structures need to meet the specific requirements of each restaurant. Our design and engagement process begins with a baseline design that can then be customized to create an individual aesthetic and character, coupled with a furniture layout that fits the brief.

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Press & Awards

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Contact Re-Ply

We'd love to hear from you. If you're a restaurant owner, tell us what you need using our restaurant signup for here. If you have used plywood or building materials you would like to donate, use the donation form here. Otherwise send us an email below!