We designed a few small cabins on a heavily wooded site. Without removing a single existing tree.
Our client discovered his family owned a property in a radial city that was never built. We decided to build structures there. No roads exist to the uncleared site. To visit, you must walk in.
A path leads through the forest to a space glowing and obscured - a good place to hang out and be with nature. Even in the middle of the night, when the moon lights our elevated wooden platforms.
On a dramatically sloped site, we are creating Equestrian architecture that embodies a civic gesture and enables diverse relationships and experiences between humans, plants, and animals.
EQUS is a nonprofit organization focused on encouraging personal growth and education for at-risk youth through involvement with horses and the sport of polo.
In phase three of an ongoing project with our client, we add donor gardens and a new equestrian center that’s designed to host an events hall, flexible classrooms, and horse stalls.
The formal arrangement of building and landscape allows for an experience of staggered growth of forests, juxtaposition of different landscapes, as well as cohabitation with horses.
This Morgan Avenue site will be a private event space and botanical garden that features 10,000 square feet of interior and exterior space equipped with flexible accommodations for hosting special events.
The construction is a result of years of study and development with a team of architects, engineers, gardeners and informed environmental specialists.
The space will evolve and grow with the community in an area that is rapidly transforming from a manufacturing hub into a commercial arts district.
The project is a complete reimagining of the block on Thames St, from Morgan Ave to Vandervoort, providing an improved sidewalk, new street trees and bicycle racks. The landscape will feature native planting and encourage urban wildlife, retaining and reusing site water and repurposing construction materials from the existing buildings.
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When lots sit vacant for too long, they start to grow weeds. When a lot is developed, the zoning envelope defines a building that maximizes real estate value. Situated in area between property value maximization and abandonment, the will and ambition of a client creates a constructed urban garden.
Williamsburg Garden is an ascending planted landscape, enclosing a formal courtyard in Brooklyn.
This garden is all about the spatial and sensory experience, locating functional spaces to heighten interaction with plant life. The compact lot size causes us to focus inward, creating a retreat from the city and expanding on the tradition of New York City’s pocket parks.
Bushwick is a painted neighborhood where street artists use walls as canvases. Instead of using paint, we used materials to react to the nature of the place.
Bushwick Motorcycle Garage is a place to work on bikes and host parties. We transformed a marble shop in an industrial zone of Brooklyn into a courtyard and flexible space equipped to host a variety of events.
Years worth of marble dust, graffiti, moss, and stains exhibit the passage of time on the existing walls. Playing against this, our design uses refined materials and assemblies, custom-milled, polished, integrated, articulated. The cedar panels slide to form a flexible indoor/outdoor space. The space is daylit from above. The project is hidden in an alley, behind a steel gate which is regularly and respectfully overpainted by street artists.
This project won the Brooklyn AIA Design Award of Excellence in Adaptive Reuse and was published in several well-regarded periodicals.
Dameron Architecture paired with advertising behemoth Phear Creative and film designer Jeffrey Everett to create a brand showcase for Jameson Irish Whiskey and Pernod Ricard's growing portfolio of Irish Whiskey products.
Bow Street Irish Whiskey Pub, a place for football fans to grab a drink and hangout, is located in Metlife Stadium, one of the largest football stadiums in America, home to the NFL’s Giants and Jets.
The barback is 70 feet long by 14 feet tall and is covered in hand-crafted millwork evocative of NYC dive bars. Whiskey barrels imported from Ireland are stacked 16 feet tall along one wall. The ceiling is 50 feet tall. A shot of whiskey is 1.5 fluid ounces.
How can we turn tragedy into an opportunity for understanding?
This study for the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin consists of the development of a site adjacent to the existing Gurudwara to incorporate a Sikh cultural awareness center and a memorial to victims of a 2012 mass shooting.
Following the tragedy, there was a resounding cry to promote awareness of the Sikh religion in America and a desire to express solidarity among the surrounding community. The building, landscape and garden is a reflection on memory and a celebration of the theme of unity- a chance to present Punjabi and Sikh culture to a larger audience.
This master plan and landscape design were crafted for EQUS, a non-profit organization focused on encouraging personal growth and education for at-risk youth through involvement with horses and the sport of polo.
The master plan and design project encompasses a 50-acre park, equestrian center, community learning facility, and polo grounds, with a five building campus.
Construction began in 2010, and the complex continues to grow.
Design is a process and a service. We work with existing organizations to design master plans, considering both their short term needs and long term goals.
Work to Ride is a non-profit prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth through constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports, and education. Their facilities are housed in the woodlands of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.
Dameron Architecture, in collaboration with Toner Architects, conducted a feasibility study and created a master plan, exploring the potential growth of the Work To Ride program’s operations and facilities.
The plan and landscape design solve site water management and utilization issues through grading and planting improvements. The proposed addition of three new buildings expands the organization’s educational and equestrian activities.
How can we reveal and exaggerate nature as a construct? We want nature in our cities. We want it for our children and our sanity, we need to feel a connection to the world beyond us. As designers, we are forced to reckon with the fact that in order to have it, we have to construct it.
On Governors Island Park, rolling hills evolve, each with a particular use and character, and eventually provide an unobstructed panoramic view of the harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline.
We talked about playfulness and joy in constructing natural space in a complex, sometimes toxic environment. Scuba divers in sunken subway cars, french bulldogs and wooden bicycles roaming hills and valleys, listening to symphonies in the craters of extinct volcanoes that rose from the harbor to rival the size of the next door neighbor, Lady Liberty.
A team of architects, engineers and landscape architects worked to design what it means to be a new large park in New York City. The collaboration, which includes Rogers Marvel Architects and West 8 Landscape Architects, won an international competition with a series of images and ideas that cast the park as a centerpiece of the harbor.
Can a space be both functional and transcendent? Yes.
At Westchester Reform Temple, under the employment of Rogers Marvel Architects, we created a master plan and new building in Scarsdale, New York. 26,000sf of renovated space. A religious space is complemented by the technologically sophisticated 1,000 seat sanctuary and social hall.
A central cast glass wall reflects the seasonally planted garden. The architecture expresses Jewish numerology and beliefs, embedding the form with cultural meaning and creating a new spiritual center for the community.
How can we reclaim a historic community center? Do it for the kids!
McCarren Park Pool was built in 1936 with a combined footprint of 4 Olympic sized swimming pools. Years later it was shutdown due to neighborhood unrest and consequently went into disrepair. The Parks Department hired Rogers Marvel Architects to revitalize the pools. We designed a new community center and outdoor changing pavilions that provide much needed recreational space in an underserved area of Brooklyn.
McCarren Pool has the capacity to house 1500 swimmers. The success of its modernization was achieved through advanced preservation and design techniques. McCarren Pool is now used as the model for revitalization of all public pools in New York City.
The reworking of a midcentury apartment centers around a cherry millwork core.
We combined two apartments to create an airy single, floor-through apartment for a couple in Midtown Manhattan.
We made simple moves with the millwork, creating warm expanses of color and making subtle changes in composition and thickness. The natural quarter-sawn centerpiece simultaneously divides spaces, unfolds into a bench, and holds a bookshelf, desk, and sliding doors. The apartment straddles between time periods. An architect in 1951 may have proposed a similar design.
What is that stair doing? Often In New York City, stairs are the most expressive features of apartments. They represent the values of their owners and the character of our vertical city.
A sculptural staircase is the central feature of a Brooklyn Heights triplex apartment renovation.
It’s made of steel, wood and plaster, an assembly of curves that cloak a structural skeleton. It’s constructed with centuries-old artisanal building methods and based on models created with 21st century technology. The smoothed plaster forms mirror the flow of movement through the space, evoking bodily curves, flower pedals. Upstairs, a desk and bookshelf unwind and corkscrew down, landing in the main living space where they become trunk-like, housing a blackened steel firewood-box.
What should go, what should remain? We respect landmark properties and give new meaning and life to them. To renovate a historic building is to curate architectural elements in space and time.
We renovated a townhouse in Park Slope that was originally built in 1920 on a road that pre-existed the neighborhood.
The building contains a fluid, plaster interior with historic elements floating in fields of white, drawing a sensibility of bold and unsettling spaces, inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s cinematography and the space-age sensibilities of its owners. On the outside, it’s 1920 pretending to be 1850.
On the inside, it’s 1965. It’s 1983. It’s 2012. It is a forum for the changing qualities of sunlight on curved walls, occupied by a happy family.
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