Passive Solar Greenhouse

Hudson Valley, New York


This passive solar greenhouse is located in a city-owned park in the Hudson Valley, designed as part of a local initiative to unite people around healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. In addition to growing produce year-round, the greenhouse will also provide classroom spaces for hands-on learning and community engagement.

Unlike typical greenhouses that burn fossil fuels in the winter, this greenhouse is shaped by passive solar design principles that allow it to stay cool in the summer months while retaining warmth in the winter.

One of its main features is a north-facing mass wall, built of rammed earth with a black biochar finish coating. The wall captures the low rays of the winter sun, banking heat during the day and releasing it into the space during the night. A south-facing polycarbonate roof maximizes solar exposure and stretches growing conditions year-round.

In the summer, operable windows allow for cross ventilation and hop vines that climb up the southern roof will provide partial shade. Rainwater is also collected from the building’s roofs for plant irrigation.

Program: Greenhouse and Community Center
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Harry Lam, Emily Gruendel, Caleb White
Status: Proposal
Year: 2017

Bandirma Design Institute

Bandirma, Turkey


Conceived as a series of flexible, collaborative spaces for hosting regional design faculties, the new Bandirma Design Institute will establish the city’s reputation as a center for the creative industries. Situated in a new public park, the Institute’s ground floor is a playful composition of four geometric volumes that contain the main school entrance and also glass exhibition and lecture spaces, visible to the public. The park flows around these spaces to create a kind of hybrid ‘lobby’ where the school and park intersect and enhance each other. Perched above is an industrial ‘piano nobile’ of flexible work studios, with views of the Marmara Sea.

Program: School
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Harry Lam
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Status: Proposal
Year: 2017

LaGuardia Airport Masterplan

Queens, New York



PRESENT Architecture is proud to have been selected as a finalist in the Master Plan Design Competition for New York’s LaGuardia Airport, sponsored by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and The Port Authority of NY & NJ.

Our proposal focuses on integrating a unified terminal experience with innovative transit ideas in order to improve landside and airside operations. Our masterplan rethinks flight capacity by adding a fourth terminal with a parallel and independent runway, and radically increases connectivity between LGA and the metropolitan area by extending AirTrain, MTA Subway service, and East River ferry service for ‘one seat access.’ Our design takes the form of a seamless LGA composed of continuous concourses punctuated with light-filled terminals, for a visitor experience worthy of New York City.



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Program: Airport Masterplan
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Austin Crowley
Status: Proposal
Year: 2015

Coachella Affordable Housing

Oasis, California

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This proposal attempts to address the urgent need for affordable housing for agricultural and service worker families in the Coachella Valley.

The proposal’s primary urban concept is a dense layout of multifamily apartments that use their orientation and massing to minimize sun exposure. The clustering of buildings shields apartment units from daytime sun and creates a network of narrow shaded streets that are comfortable for pedestrians and recreational activities. The landscape will consist of native vegetation and gravel coverage, which will provide a dramatic cooling effect in outdoor spaces.

Our goal is to harness the natural temperature fluctuations of the desert to produce pleasant indoor spaces that are passively cooled and heated without relying on costly mechanical systems that burn fossil fuel. By providing comfortable outdoor spaces there will be more pedestrians outside, fewer cars, better air quality, improved community interaction, and healthful living.

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Program: Housing
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Harry Lam
Status: Proposal
Year: 2016

Springs House

East Hampton, New York

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We have designed a home in the Springs neighborhood of East Hampton for a retired couple to age in place. Despite a limited budget, the clients required a large house with nearly all of the program accessibly situated on the first floor, thereby enlarging the footprint of the home. To make construction affordable the existing concrete foundation from the previous house was incorporated into the design, defining the shape of the plan. To comply with strict zoning setbacks, the roof ascends as a series of three non-parallel gables toward the southwest corner of the lot, providing a bulwark between the house and a street intersection. The skewed gabled roof subtly bends the rules of the traditional house, simultaneously creating a contextual relationship with the local architecture and undermining those expectations at the same time. As part of a cost-efficient construction strategy, the house is stick built with CNC cut lumber assembled off-site in panels, and the facade is clad in red cedar planks, a durable and economical material that is commonly used throughout the area.

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Program: Single Family Housing
Client: Private
Team: , Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Harry Lam, Chang Su
Status: Proposal
Year: 2016

660 Congress Street

Portland, Maine

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When this 130 year-old landmark came to our attention in 2012, it had been abandoned for many years and a recent fire had exposed the interiors to such extensive water damage that nearly everything had been destroyed, down to the brick.

We approached the renovation of 660 Congress as a ‘ship-in-a-bottle,’ meticulously preserving the historic facade and fenestration details and rebuilding anew within the existing brick walls. The entire structure was re-engineered to provide open apartment layouts and a column-free commercial space.

In the design of the apartments, we returned to the historical facade, tracing the silhouette of the mansard roof with gently curving walls. At the third floor ceiling, the expansive volume of the roof is revealed with dramatic coffers that bring light into the spaces through skylights and hidden architectural lighting.

In other areas, fragments of history were left untouched, like arched doorways, fireplaces, original brickwork, and fire escapes that were converted to balconies for the apartments. The new residential entrance features a blackened steel stair with solid white oak treads, fabricated by a local Maine welder. The thin industrial lines of the steel balusters continue along the stair for three stories, casting shadows from the overhead skylights onto the space’s exposed historic brick. Everywhere, there are high quality materials and building methods that reinforce the ambitions of the renovation.






Program: Historical Preservation, Residential, Commercial
Client: A.K. Longfellow
Collaborators: Bayhill Building (Contractor),  Engineering Design Professionals (Structural Engineer), Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Greater Portland Landmarks
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Harry Lam, Dan Hoch, Christian Scharzwimmer
Awards: AIA New England Design Award, Greater Portland Landmarks  Preservation Award, Maine Preservation Honor Award
Photography: Robert Dietchler (photos 1,2,4,5,6,7)
Status: Completed
Year: 2016


Varna Public Library

Varna, Bulgaria

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The new Varna Library is conceived as a series of stacking and shifting volumes, like a stack of books. The gaps between the volumes define a porous public space that flows through the building, opening large welcoming entrances at the ground floor level, and framing views of the city at the upper levels. The shifting and stacking volumes respond to the confines of the strict zoning envelope, while creating a series of interlocking interior reading and collection spaces that spill out into open-air terraces. This results in an inviting urban form, presenting an accessible image to the entire Varna public.

The new Varna Library will be an adaptable environment too, both in terms of providing flexible spaces for programming, and creating comfortable interior environments for visitors. Deep louvers shield the spaces from the summer sun, and the concrete facade performs as a thermal mass, absorbing heat during the day – the large central atrium will help to passively cool and ventilate the building.




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Program: Public Library
Client:  Varna Municipality
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Harry Lam, Austin Crowley
Status: Proposal
Year: 2015

Cape Office

East Falmouth, Massachusetts




The coastal location and harsh weather of Cape Cod has shaped a vernacular architecture that tends to be inward-looking.

In this extension of an existing Cape house, we opened the home to light and views with an office addition that connects to a new garden. The main element is a custom-designed desk which integrates workspaces, book shelves, and lighting, as it wraps around the room and frames landscape views.





Program: Addition (Single Family Home)
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher
Collaborators:  Homes by Sission (Contractor), Roger Hobeika (Structural Engineer)
Photography: Robert Deitchler (photos 1, 3, 4)
Status: Completed
Year: 2014

Writer’s Cabin

Lake George, New York




The Lake George Cabin achieves its shape by adjusting to a number of obstacles and opportunities: neighbors to the east, a dirt road to the west, beautiful views into the woods to the north, and tree filtered daylight from the south. A large southern glass entrance connects the cabin to the main house on the property and allows afternoon daylight inside. A deep overhang protects the interior from the harsh summer sun and shelters a small porch from the rain. The cabin’s amenities – a day bed, a fold-down bunkbed and a kitchenette – are carved from the windowless western facade which provides privacy from the main access road. A large window in the bedroom frames views of the mountains in the distance.


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Program: Cabin
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher
Status: Proposal
Year: 2012