live

Can we redefine the concept of dwell?

How and where we dwell is perhaps the most personal of architectural experiences. Whether it is your home, hotel, or dormitory, we believe that the experience should be memorable; something more, something out of the ordinary. It requires design that reinforces a sense of place and speaks to the human spirit. Our attention to detail and sense of placemaking infuses our projects with an energy that makes dwell both uplifting and unforgettable.

atakoy

atakoy

  • location:
    Istanbul, Turkey
  • OWNER:
    KAT
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use, Hospitality, Residential
  • project detail:
    Confidential at Owner’s Request / 400,000 SF
  • Design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

Just as a Fresnel lens allows light to be captured in the most efficient manner, so too does the design of the Akatoy Hotel optimize all of its functions.

And as “form follows function” so elegantly in the lens, likewise does the form of this singular hotel and residence stand as a beacon… day and night.

As the centerpiece of an extensive masterplan, its own interior organization quietly differentiates serviced apartments from the hotel while underpinning both with a common and highly efficient service infrastructure.

Not just a stunning façade, Akatoy has been conceived to seamlessly gather and distribute the energy generated from within so as to ensure value and sustainability for both the developer and the operator.

Residents and guests are the beneficiaries of stunning view planes along the waterfront from landscaped terraces at the water’s edge.

Atakoy exists at the intersection of technology, sustainability and iconography. A form derived out of an equally bold response to its context and environment.

stamper square

stamper square

  • location:
    Phiadelphia, PA
  • OWNER:
    Confidential at Owner’s Request
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use, Residential,
    Retail, Hotel
  • project detail:
    244,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

The prestigious neighborhood of Society Hill in Center City Philadelphia is known for its charming brick row homes, cobblestone streets and historic buildings.

Stamper Square honors the character of the area while providing a contemporary structure appropriate for today’s world. This mixed-use building encompasses a five-star luxury boutique hotel with 150 rooms, 80 condos, retail shops and a restaurant. It incorporates the materials and spirit of Society Hill, reinterpreting these elements into a stylish design, with proportions intended to mimic the often irregular forms of neighborhood blocks.

Located next to Headhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s original historic outdoor markets and gathering places, Stamper Square promotes sidewalk strolling and provides access for foot traffic to first-floor functions. The centerpiece of the project is the northern edge of the site: a new public space intended as an urban garden, landscaped and filled with artwork and sculptures.

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fukuoka

fukuoka

  • location:
    Fukuoka, Japan
  • OWNER:
    Fukuoka Jisho Real Estate
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Residential, Office, Retail
  • project detail:
    $30 M / 275,000 SF
    $37.5 M / 250,000 SF
    $26 M / 150,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

To best understand Fukuoka is to think of a symphony, because symphonies are constructed in four elegant movements, one of which is usually a sonata.

In this case, our “sonata” is a prefabricated facade system kit-of-parts that has been adapted to multiple building types, ranging from offices to multifamily.

The Fukuoka projects display an elegant efficiency; and more importantly, the system results in faster design and delivery, producing economic benefits throughout the proejct cycle.

And while they all share a certain “signature,” as does the score of a symphony, there is no sense of sameness in the manner in which they resonate in their respective environs.

Composition and color contribute mightily to the very individual affect of this unusual architectural suite.

The panel system can easily be scaled to the site and program. The context becomes the catalyst for the design.

The Fukuoka projects were the precursor of integrated project delivery. Design, fabrication and construction moved from a sequential to simultaneous production system.

nile

nile

  • location:
    Cairo, Egypt
  • OWNER:
    Qatari Diar Real Estate
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use: Luxury Hotel, Residential, Retail, Offices
  • project detail:
    $1.0 B / 2,000,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • collaborator:
    HKS, INC., ECG

The wake of an Egyptian sailboat casts ripples across the otherwise perfectly reflected image of Cairo’s most bespoke new address at a bend in the River Nile.

This is the setting of the Nile Corniche. With two million square feet of mixed-use environments, this mammoth project nonetheless celebrates the authentic context of its environs as it engages artfully with the streetscape. This is an elegantly wrought pairing of towers whose forms and functions perfectly complement one another.

Tower One primarily celebrates elevated residential living, while its partner, Tower Two, houses a signature property of the storied St. Regis Hotel marque. As an homage to John Jacob Astor’s vision of intimate hospitality, this 300-room venue spans time and geography to bring that sensibility to this crossroads city. Connecting these two dominant elements are lifestyle amenities of the highest order, providing luxury retail and superlative dining and a full complement of spa experiences.

The power of this project lies in the inextricable bond between interior and exterior. It is simultaneously very elegant and highly efficient.

The bespoke interiors are inspired by the context, timeless rituals and mysterious beauty of the Nile.

51°

51°

  • location:
    Leukerbad, Switzerland
  • OWNER:
    Swiss Development Group
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Residential, Hotel, Retail, Spa
  • project detail:
    $120 M / 275,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • INTERIOR DESIGN:
    Condominiums - Marc Michaels
    Hotel, Spa - Michaels Graves & Associates

To dwell within a modern version of an ancient spa of emperors is a notion filled with romance.

Whether as a resort guest, or a permanent resident, 51° was conceived to provide a threshold of aesthetics and amenities virtually without peer anywhere in the world.

The unusual naming convention, 51°, refers to the ambient temperature of the famous healing waters of Loeches les Bains. These same waters will flow through numerous venues at 51°, including the private residences.

The architecture of the buildings rises from a rough stone base of boulders up to glass walls and rustic timbers. The western walls of both buildings are primarily glass, with deep terraces. The buildings are capped by slate roofs with deep wooden eaves.

When seen from other parts of Loeches, the buildings appear to be carved out of the rock of the mountains with the massiveness of the structure giving way to a lighter timber frame and glass wall as the units reveal themselves above the ground floor.

The restorative power of thermal water is celebrated in every aspect of this project; thus, elevating wellness to an art form.

Six Bloomberg International property awards, including Best Development, signify that design is a market differentiator.

wagner

wagner

  • location:
    Staten Island, NY
  • OWNER:
    Wagner College
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Residential
  • project detail:
    72,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

Wagner College is located on 105 bucolic acres in Staten Island, with dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor.

Founded in 1883, the college underwent a series of growth spurts before embarking on a master plan. With the college’s vision defined as “a liberal arts college sustained by and sustaining the community,” the plan calls for the expansion of academic, residential and student support space to accommodate future growth and enrollment.

The plan specifically strengthens two areas of the campus, creating an intellectual center in Sutter Oval and an emotional center in Trautmann Square. Sutter Oval, the traditional campus green, also serves as the formal entrance to the college and as a ceremonial stage. Trautmann Square is the crossroads of student traffic, seeing most of the campus population on a daily basis. With these two green areas as the predominant outdoor spaces, the plan further organizes the campus into a series of outdoor rooms of contrasting scales, textures and identities.

Because this growth is likely to occur over time, the proposed new facilities are logically sequenced to allow the college to build incrementally as needs dictate. The architecture of the buildings, both existing and proposed, serves to enhance these spaces.

The plan specifically strengthens two areas of the campus, creating an intellectual center in Sutter Oval and an emotional center in Trautmann Square.

live

Can we redefine the concept of dwell?

How and where we dwell is perhaps the most personal of architectural experiences. Whether it is your home, hotel, or dormitory, we believe that the experience should be memorable; something more, something out of the ordinary. It requires design that reinforces a sense of place and speaks to the human spirit. Our attention to detail and sense of placemaking infuses our projects with an energy that makes dwell both uplifting and unforgettable.

atakoy

  • location:
    Istanbul, Turkey
  • OWNER:
    KAT
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use, Hospitality, Residential
  • project detail:
    Confidential at Owner’s Request / 400,000 SF
  • Design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

Just as a Fresnel lens allows light to be captured in the most efficient manner, so too does the design of the Akatoy Hotel optimize all of its functions.

And as “form follows function” so elegantly in the lens, likewise does the form of this singular hotel and residence stand as a beacon… day and night.

As the centerpiece of an extensive masterplan, its own interior organization quietly differentiates serviced apartments from the hotel while underpinning both with a common and highly efficient service infrastructure.

Not just a stunning façade, Akatoy has been conceived to seamlessly gather and distribute the energy generated from within so as to ensure value and sustainability for both the developer and the operator.

Residents and guests are the beneficiaries of stunning view planes along the waterfront from landscaped terraces at the water’s edge.

Atakoy exists at the intersection of technology, sustainability and iconography. A form derived out of an equally bold response to its context and environment.

stamper square

  • location:
    Phiadelphia, PA
  • OWNER:
    Confidential at Owner’s Request
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use, Residential,
    Retail, Hotel
  • project detail:
    244,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

The prestigious neighborhood of Society Hill in Center City Philadelphia is known for its charming brick row homes, cobblestone streets and historic buildings.

Stamper Square honors the character of the area while providing a contemporary structure appropriate for today’s world. This mixed-use building encompasses a five-star luxury boutique hotel with 150 rooms, 80 condos, retail shops and a restaurant. It incorporates the materials and spirit of Society Hill, reinterpreting these elements into a stylish design, with proportions intended to mimic the often irregular forms of neighborhood blocks.

Located next to Headhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s original historic outdoor markets and gathering places, Stamper Square promotes sidewalk strolling and provides access for foot traffic to first-floor functions. The centerpiece of the project is the northern edge of the site: a new public space intended as an urban garden, landscaped and filled with artwork and sculptures.

fukuoka

  • location:
    Fukuoka, Japan
  • OWNER:
    Fukuoka Jisho Real Estate
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Residential, Office, Retail
  • project detail:
    $30 M / 275,000 SF
    $37.5 M / 250,000 SF
    $26 M / 150,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates

To best understand Fukuoka is to think of a symphony, because symphonies are constructed in four elegant movements, one of which is usually a sonata.

In this case, our “sonata” is a prefabricated facade system kit-of-parts that has been adapted to multiple building types, ranging from offices to multifamily.

The Fukuoka projects display an elegant efficiency; and more importantly, the system results in faster design and delivery, producing economic benefits throughout the proejct cycle.

And while they all share a certain “signature,” as does the score of a symphony, there is no sense of sameness in the manner in which they resonate in their respective environs.

Composition and color contribute mightily to the very individual affect of this unusual architectural suite.

The Fukuoka projects were the precursor of integrated project delivery. Design, fabrication and construction moved from a sequential to simultaneous production system.

nile

  • location:
    Cairo, Egypt
  • OWNER:
    Qatari Diar Real Estate
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Mixed-use: Luxury Hotel, Residential, Retail, Offices
  • project detail:
    $1.0 B / 2,000,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • collaborator:
    HKS, INC., ECG

The wake of an Egyptian sailboat casts ripples across the otherwise perfectly reflected image of Cairo’s most bespoke new address at a bend in the River Nile.

This is the setting of the Nile Corniche. With two million square feet of mixed-use environments, this mammoth project nonetheless celebrates the authentic context of its environs as it engages artfully with the streetscape. This is an elegantly wrought pairing of towers whose forms and functions perfectly complement one another.

Tower One primarily celebrates elevated residential living, while its partner, Tower Two, houses a signature property of the storied St. Regis Hotel marque. As an homage to John Jacob Astor’s vision of intimate hospitality, this 300-room venue spans time and geography to bring that sensibility to this crossroads city. Connecting these two dominant elements are lifestyle amenities of the highest order, providing luxury retail and superlative dining and a full complement of spa experiences.

The power of this project lies in the inextricable bond between interior and exterior. It is simultaneously very elegant and highly efficient.

The bespoke interiors are inspired by the context, timeless rituals and mysterious beauty of the Nile.

51°

  • location:
    Leukerbad, Switzerland
  • OWNER:
    Swiss Development Group
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Residential, Hotel, Retail, Spa
  • project detail:
    $120 M / 275,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Gary Lapera, FAIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    Michaels Graves & Associates
  • INTERIOR DESIGN:
    Condominiums - Marc Michaels
    Hotel, Spa - Michaels Graves & Associates

To dwell within a modern version of an ancient spa of emperors is a notion filled with romance.

Whether as a resort guest, or a permanent resident, 51° was conceived to provide a threshold of aesthetics and amenities virtually without peer anywhere in the world.

The unusual naming convention, 51°, refers to the ambient temperature of the famous healing waters of Loeches les Bains. These same waters will flow through numerous venues at 51°, including the private residences.

The architecture of the buildings rises from a rough stone base of boulders up to glass walls and rustic timbers. The western walls of both buildings are primarily glass, with deep terraces. The buildings are capped by slate roofs with deep wooden eaves.

When seen from other parts of Loeches, the buildings appear to be carved out of the rock of the mountains with the massiveness of the structure giving way to a lighter timber frame and glass wall as the units reveal themselves above the ground floor.

The restorative power of thermal water is celebrated in every aspect of this project; thus, elevating wellness to an art form.

Six Bloomberg International property awards, including Best Development, signify that design is a market differentiator.

wagner

  • location:
    Staten Island, NY
  • OWNER:
    Wagner College
  • PROJECT TYPE:
    Residential
  • project detail:
    72,000 SF
  • design ARCHITECT:
    Barry Eiswerth, AIA
    Prinicipal-in-Charge
    H2L2

Wagner College is located on 105 bucolic acres in Staten Island, with dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor.

Founded in 1883, the college underwent a series of growth spurts before embarking on a master plan. With the college’s vision defined as “a liberal arts college sustained by and sustaining the community,” the plan calls for the expansion of academic, residential and student support space to accommodate future growth and enrollment.

The plan specifically strengthens two areas of the campus, creating an intellectual center in Sutter Oval and an emotional center in Trautmann Square. Sutter Oval, the traditional campus green, also serves as the formal entrance to the college and as a ceremonial stage. Trautmann Square is the crossroads of student traffic, seeing most of the campus population on a daily basis. With these two green areas as the predominant outdoor spaces, the plan further organizes the campus into a series of outdoor rooms of contrasting scales, textures and identities.

Because this growth is likely to occur over time, the proposed new facilities are logically sequenced to allow the college to build incrementally as needs dictate. The architecture of the buildings, both existing and proposed, serves to enhance these spaces.

The plan specifically strengthens two areas of the campus, creating an intellectual center in Sutter Oval and an emotional center in Trautmann Square.

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