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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 New York City.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is that stair doing? Often In New York City, stairs are the most expressive features of apartments. They come to represent the values of their owners and honor 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.
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.
Drawing on the geologic, as well as the constructed history of the Miami waterfront, the project proposes a new series of public spaces- from streetscapes to public plazas and finally grand vistas that connect and orient the visitor to the city. The development is experienced on three levels, each with its own material character and use. The forms of the buildings recall the thrust of the coastal ridge and the sedimentary and tectonic forces that formed Miami limestone. The lower levels of this complex will eventually become part of the Atlantic Ocean.
Erie Basin Arena and Habitat
I was thrilled to see a rendering of Thor Equities latest proposal to build out Red Hook’s former Revere sugar factory site- an underutilized property on constructed fill among eroding piers in Erie Basin. The image was made from the same viewpoint as a rendering we did awhile back so it seemed like an appropriate time to unveil our work at the site.
Dameron Architecture has explored that site for the past year, unbeknownst to anyone involved in its development- the property owners, potential financial investors and designers of the property. We developed a strategic plan to transform the property into temporary arena and wildlife habitat. Our project has evolved and moved to another site. What follows is a description of the early work in a concept phase of a design that has moved elsewhere. It’s a snapshot of our design thinking.
The architecture and landscape strategy of our project responds to the scale of New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. It was an attempt to get away from short-term investment driven design that attempts to satisfy the perceived consensus of public opinion. This dialogue relates to urbanism, the lucrative branding of “authenticity” in development of Brooklyn, and the financial intersection of a tech and property bubble. We’re not talking about any of that. That is the dialogue presented and framed by the current renderings. Focusing on urban context at this site is a way to validate a questionable approach to building on waterfront property in a time of imminent rising sea levels. Ecological reality is the context and the generator for our design.
The idea is to create an internationally competitive arena facility that avoids a provincial approach to New York contextual architecture. This site will flood. It was underwater during superstorm Sandy. It will be underwater again. While the nearby Gowanus canal was once marshland, this site was/is part of the Atlantic Ocean. Building a faux-industrial building to suit a local historical context takes into account a narrow slice of history. Erie Basin was constructed in 1864. 150 years of history is nothing against the scale of geologic time and the effects of climate change.
In order to explore the responsibility of building on these ocean-bound properties, we imagined a landscape to be washed away over time, no barriers or site protection. The temporary “ground” would serve as a stage for events, and the structure would penetrate the fill with piles into the basin. Whatever is built here should not be harmful to other life when it is submerged. No attempt would be made to protect the rectangle of fill that constitutes the property envelope. When the fill washes away, this would leave a superstructure hovering in the water, like an oil rig. It will eventually be abandoned by people. It is doubtful that someone would finance the demolition of the ruins. When the landscape submerged, the architecture becomes a concrete skeleton, a habitat for non-human creatures. Eventually, it too would be consumed by the ocean.
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.
If you can correctly identify a problem, it's already a historical condition.
Going beyond solutions, we have to envision the potential beauty of the complications of our solutions, how they will evolve and react to the unknown.
Design should be the instigator, raising questions, creating a mirror-world to aid our thinking, an alternate reality.