Progress continues on our Shipyard development. This recent article explains the care and time Archetype took to ensure this development fits well in the fabric of the city. With comments from Architect David Lloyd and our development partners, it’s worth a read!
Check out this article about the headquarters of WEX, one of our projects in Portland, ME.
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The St Lawrence Arts Theater is an anomaly in the Munjoy Hill neighborhood – a primarily residential area of two and three-story buildings. The Hill has a distinct urban fabric that is fairly consistent with one major exception along the Congress St corridor. Congress Street accumulates all of the necessary supporting commercial elements: restaurants, shops, markets, a fire station, the Observatory Tower, etc. Up until the end of the last century the St Lawrence Church was one of these major supporting elements and functioned intermittently in the neighborhood – Sundays, some evenings, special events, holidays. This typology adds a cyclical tempo to a site and to the surrounding area.
In order to take advantage, architecturally, of this cyclical activity we have designed the Theater using the metaphor of a paper lantern – glowing, somewhat crinkled, buoyant. This idea serves to reinforce the moments when the Theater is active, and allows for the building to assume a milder demeanor when inactive. The perforated and folded metal skin, suspended on a light armature from the face of the solid building, provides a space into which lighting can be introduced to announce the moments of activity, to emit a glow of visual interest.
Formally, the building provides two stages – the primary stage within used for the performances, and the secondary stage on the street (our porch element) which allows the audience to be seen and to perform for the neighborhood and the street. This duality again reinforces the building’s engagement with its site and its place in the city.
We love having dogs in our office. There's nothing better than a visit from Holder, Mason, or Benny to make your day a little better (And sometimes to eat your lunch). Sometimes our clients even bring their dogs in and we love it! We're also happy to keep them at home if dogs aren't your thing, just let us know. I leave you with a picture of holder and mason hard at work.