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Deerfield Inn is undergoing a major renovation after being flooded by Tropical Storm Irene. The renovation will restore their banquet facilities, expand the tavern, create a fireplace dining area, and reconfigure their fine dining room. As it is a part of Historic Deerfield, we maintained the traditional and welcoming feel of the Inn while updating interior finishes, lighting, and HVAC systems.
The existing building, its rich history, and its location on the town common informed our approach to the renovation/expansion of this former baptist church (c. 1834) into offices for Amherst College. Massing, materiality, and fenestration all evoke the qualities of the historic building and its setting. The site strategy creates outdoor space for staff, students, and the public, acknowledging the building's unique position as a link between campus and downtown.
Exploring the overlap between vernacular and modern design, Farm House is a combination of traditional forms and modern-day detailing. Simple volumes respond to the New England landscape and are easy to construct. Interior spaces are open, airy and full of light. The elongated plan takes advantage of southern exposure and northern views from the living area, while allowing for cross breezes and solar gain.
Renovation and New Construction
This project includes the renovation of an existing building and the addition of a two-story structure, composed of 9,495 SF of additional classrooms, a multi-purpose room, administrative offices, and other spaces. Each of three small gables on the entry side of the building catches the eyes of visitors and frames an important space (Main Entry, Multi-Purpose Room, and Community Kitchen). The scale of the building feels welcoming and approachable to even the smallest students. The building looks and feels like a residence, an important feature that plays into the Montessori philosophy: the school as a home for learning.
In support of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst's ongoing capital campaign, we are developing the society's preferred approach for a new meeting house, as determined during the 2010 Feasibility Study. The project will replace the existing meeting house with a new structure at the current location in the center of Amherst, allowing the nearly 120 year old congregation to meet their current and future needs.
2010 Honor Award, Western Massachusetts AIA
Meadow House is a design for a group of sustainable homes available from Tomlinson Builders. The houses are one-story, 2,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms and an open floor plan. They are customizable for different client needs and sites. The design was inspired by the spare geometric forms of the area's tobacco barns, combined with the porches of the classic farmhouse. The result is both modern and traditional, crisp and inviting.
Kuhn Riddle is working with Design Division and Yale Peabody Museum to develop an exhibit for a collection of Incan artifacts that are returning to Peru. The collection, which travelled the United States for a number of years and then was housed at Yale, will now reside permanently at Casa Concha, a 15th-century Inca palace in Cusco, Peru.
Adaptive Reuse & New Construction
The renovation and addition to this 1700’s era colonial farm house in Bernardston, MA will create a new restaurant that focuses on healthy, ethical, and sustainable food-to-table practices. Reclaimed materials throughout the interior reference the past, while geothermal wells to heat and cool the building minimize current and future energy consumption.
New Equestrian Barns
In the first phase of a multi-phase, multi-year master plan, three new horse barns are being constructed at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA. Each barn will include 100 stalls. Construction is underway and will be completed in time for the Morgan Horse Show in July 2011.
KRA was selected by HAPHousing to provide design services for “Olympia Oaks,” a neighborhood of 42 affordable, energy-efficient homes on a 13-acre site in Amherst, MA. The design team includes Doucet & Associates, Lindgren & Sharples, PC, New England Environmental, and Ryan Hellwig, PE.
Previously, KRA worked with the Town of Amherst on a feasibility study for the project.
This lake house in the Berkshires reflects the surrounding New England vernacular, while using light and form to create modern, playful spaces. Intersecting gabled roofs create interior hips and open corners with an expanse of glass to the view beyond. The design is simple, clean, and direct. Innovative design solutions balance the need for public and private experiences with sliding doors that close-off rooms and entire levels.
Bordering the Norwottock bike path, the East Street Commons introduces 32 affordable and energy efficient single-story homes to Hadley, MA. Incorporating a central “commons” area, signature to Hadley’s landscape, this 55 and older community weaves open meadow green space through a variety of 2-bedroom homes designed in New England vernacular style.