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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Outdoor Dining Kit
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.
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.
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.
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.
Press & Awards
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BVN is a global design firm based in Australia. With 90 years of history and a team of more than 300 people across offices in Sydney, Brisbane, London and New York, BVN accomplishes large, complex and award winning projects worldwide in all architectural genres.
West Coast Collaborators
DIALOG is a multi-disciplinary design firm with offices across North America. At DIALOG, we take a collaborative approach to designing, with our communities and the environment in mind. We will be your main point of contact for Re-Ply in San Francisco.