Hill Office by Andrew Franz Architect, PLLC

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hn/hnbi047dxjwxd133.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />In double-height, sunlit penthouse of a 1913 Beaux Arts building near Manhattan&rsquo;s Hudson Yards neighborhood, a former publisher&rsquo;s executive suite is restored and modernized as a flexible, comfortable, and transparent workplace for a corporate firm.<br>
Designed to maximize openness and create a strong sense of community, the new space balances centrally located open areas with a variety of more intimate areas for uninterrupted work or casual meetings. The circulation encourages people to move around to generate happenstance meetings and exchange of ideas. A new floating bridge with a coffee bar and lounge, connects two sides of the historic mezzanine floor, facilitating encounters, while a wide stair becomes a place for both planned and impromptu meetings. One of the greatest challenges was to open up the space and restore its grand proportions -- which involved removing partitions and infilled floor areas that had been added over the years -- while maintaining Continue reading "Hill Office by Andrew Franz Architect, PLLC"

Meadow Beach House by Andrew Franz Architect, PLLC

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rv2s7yjel2f1p2za.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rv2s7yjel2f1p2za.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rv2s7yjel2f1p2za.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rv/rv2s7yjel2f1p2za.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />In response to its meadow setting and beachside location, this relaxing home is designed to connect the occupants with the views, light, sounds, and prevailing winds of the island landscape.&nbsp;&nbsp;
To blend in with its surroundings, the house is sided in the region’s typical cedar shingles, and the massing is broken down into different volumes to appear more settled in the landscape. The two main volumes form a breezeway that guides airflow into the house. The entry sequence reveals a semi-inverted plan: the living room is upstairs with an outdoor deck, typical of Vineyard homes to capture views. Five porches and an irregular floor plan with plenty of nooks and alcoves allow inhabitants to find their sun or shade at any time of day.