Project Type: Residential

660 Congress Street

Portland, Maine

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When this 130 year-old landmarked building came to our attention in 2012, it had been abandoned for years and a recent fire had exposed the interiors to such extensive water damage that nearly everything had been destroyed, except its historic brick facade. We approached the renovation of 660 Congress as a ‘ship-in-a-bottle,’ meticulously preserving the historic facade and fenestration details while rebuilding anew within the existing brick walls. The entire structure was re-engineered to provide open apartment layouts and a column-free commercial space on the ground floor.

In the design of the apartments, we returned to the historical facade by 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.

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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

 

Springs House

East Hampton, New York

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This house in the Springs neighborhood of East Hampton was designed for a retired couple who requested a new home where they could age in place. To meet their requirements, nearly all of the program is accessibly situated on a large open-plan ground floor. To make construction affordable, the existing foundation from the previous house was incorporated into the design. And to comply with strict zoning setbacks affecting building envelope, we designed a serrated roof that descends as a series of three gables that skew back-and-forth as they step down toward the southwest corner of the lot. The roof subtly bends the rules of the local architectural vernacular, simultaneously creating a contextual and contradictory relationship with the neighboring houses. 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

Cape Office

East Falmouth, Massachusetts

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

 

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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

Coachella Affordable Housing

Oasis, California

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This proposal addresses the urgent need for well-designed affordable housing in the Coachella Valley. Our design and master plan harnesses 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.

The proposal’s urban concept is a dense layout of multifamily apartments that use their orientation and massing to minimize sun exposure. In addition to creating passively cooled interior spaces, the masterplan provides a network of shaded streets and landscaped areas that are comfortable for pedestrians and recreational activities.

 

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

Tribeca Apartment

New York, NY

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As part of this 4,000 sq ft apartment renovation in Tribeca, we designed an outdoor-worthy jungle gym, giving three lively boys their dream playground at home. For their parents, we designed other custom touches, such as a series of perforated metal benches that float underneath the windows along the entire length of the apartment. The benches hide existing radiators and create a new zone for seating and display.

 

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Program: Apartment Renovation
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Peter Wildfeuer
Collaborators: Bednarz Construction LLC (Contractor), Jessica Whitney Gould (Interior Design)
Photography: Robert Deitchler
Status: Completed
Year: 2015

Writer’s Cabin

Lake George, New York

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The Lake George Cabin achieves its shape by adjusting to a number of obstacles and opportunities: neighbors to the east, an access 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 away from the windowless western facade which provides privacy from the 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