On the Boards

Brewer Marina

120110 aerial01We are happy to announce that our new building (rendered above) for Brewer Yacht Yards at their Hawthorne Cove Marina, is in the works. Situated near a historic part of the City of Salem Massachusetts, on the industrial waterfront, the building will provide a much needed indoor environment for boat repair, workshops, and office space.

Redd’s Pond Addition

Another exciting project on the boards in Marblehead, MA, an addition and renovation to what the Owner describes as a “fish shack,” (which we think does not do it justice)… Sited on picturesque Redd’s Pond, with views across the Old Burial Ground Hill Cemetary, to the cove, Marblehead Light(house) in Chandler Covey Park, and the ocean beyond.



OFT Renovations


We’ve previously shared a few updates about our projects in Philadelphia, PA, and this is one of our biggest updates so far:

Part of a multi-phase project, we recently completed the main courtyard (here), and the second phase fitness wing is about to begin (here), and now we’re excited to share some awesome interior renderings of the lobby and amenity spaces! As with the earlier fitness center, our goal was to create spaces within spaces and de-emphasize and subvert the rigidity of the original building’s precast concrete module. However, rather than a raw, exposed aesthetic  we are creating a more refined, warm, contemporary space with various wood and tile finishes. Expected Completion 2017.


View from street-side entrance


A new fireplace


Concierge and custom desk


Tech and Business Lounge


Rentable Amenity Room






Contemporary Fitness Center


With the exterior courtyard in construction, Derek Bloom Architects is hard at work on developing concepts for the One Franklin Town resident fitness center.

The existing building is a 20-story precast concrete tower, with a repetitive and controlled structural grid. Our proposed design seeks to break away from the regularity of this grid and to create new spaces-within-spaces through the use of non-rectilinear geometries that wrap floor, wall, and ceiling. To bring a new contemporary aesthetic to One Franklin Town, we have stripped the space down to its concrete walls, exposed its ceilings, and built it back up with simple finishes: hexagonal tiles, vibrant paint, and  suspended drywall ceilings. The most significant and most challenging proposal has been to cut new passage ways through the massive concrete walls that support the building, in order to create greater connectivity and transparency throughout the fitness center. To be built in rolling phases, the next phase will be to renovate the remainder of the first floor, including entry lobbies, concierge area, resident lounge, wifi lounge, function room, and offices.

See below for additional renderings


Entry corridor and new accessible lift


Fitness lounge with exposed concrete shear walls.


Updated pool with new visual connection to fitness space.


Contemporary Addition


Here’s a schematic proposal we are having a lot of fun with!

The clients asked for a small mudroom addition for their modest 1950’s ranch, and a new large deck to replace their beloved but undersized one. We’ve proposed a total break from the existing house, in material and architectural language: stained cedar, cable rails, non-orthogonal geometries. The design includes an expansive sloped roof that creates a covered walkway leading to the new side entrance, and further to the new deck as it juts outward. The overhang also serves to create a nice protected area to read a book on rainy and sunny days. New doors and windows connect the deck to the kitchen, which allows for convenient outdoor meals.