The Adaptive Re-use of former Hotel Easton included specific project goals. Secretary of the Interior Guidelines on Historic Rehabilitation and LEED were used to develop strategies in the design. Specific goals included:
-No new penetrations of the two primary facades
-Repari, replace, and upgrade in an historically-sensitive fashion
-High-efficiency envelope improvements and building systems
-Low-emitting materials + locally-sourced materials
We converted the former ballroom into three loft apartments. Unit 201 (pictured) included the original ballroom fireplace.
We converted the mezzanine level - the former location of the Hotel offices, into an expansive 3-bedroom unit with access to a rooftop patio, and stunning river views.
Lobby & Reception
The reception area is an example of our intent to insert a clean, modern vocabulary into the historic fabric, in order to clearly delineate old from new.
High Performance Systems
The Hotel's building systems - a special hybrid system, was designed to optimize building energy and comfort. ASHRAE 90.1 guidelines created a baseline, with targeted performance set at 30% better.
Natatorium & Accessible Pool
We designed a natatorium addition at the ground level. this super-insulated shell was designed to optimize energy performance and to mitigate the deleterious effects of the high humidity and corrosive effects of pool evaporation.
Natatorium & Patio Additions
The language we used for the two major exterior interventions was one of "minimalism." Both additions appear as simple "plug-in" pieces; again clearly delineating old from new.
During the design phase, we produce renderings to assist in understanding the design-intent, before full construciton drawings are prepared.