Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BA Bringing it to New Haven / Audubon St.

Beinfield Architecture plans are underway for a new apartment complex in New Haven, helping the city grow and providing 270 residential units where vacancy is trending as low as 2%. Parking, which will be hidden within a wrap of housing, will provide space for nearby Frontier employees as well as residents.

It could also be a draw for people looking for an attractive and affordable alternative to maxed-out cosmopolitan cities.

Work is expected to start Spring 2017 and take about a year and a half.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Downsized Big

Beinfield Architecture is stepping in with a scaled down proposal for 272-280 Main Avenue, to replace the previously discarded big-box development plan.

Design is underway for “The Village,” Beinfield’s solution, which would incorporate smaller retail storefronts and restaurants with outdoor dining which would incorporate the neighborhood, blending the existing historic architecture and encouraging a walkable component.    The HOUR article here
Plans include pedestrian accessible smaller retail, restaurants with outdoor seating,
solar panels and Green Building
272 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Branding Real Estate / Storytelling

Excerpted from Bruce's presentation on Branding Real Estate:
The Developer's Secret Weapon / Harvard University
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Corsair, New Haven

"Working on the Corsair project has given me an appreciation of the value of storytelling as it relates to architectural placemaking and community building. Storytelling leads to authentic branding that celebrates the history, geography, and culture of a particular place and speaks to what it can become. Branding serves to bond individuals together to form a community, and encourages them to be part of the next chapters in the story going forward.

The branding of Corsair, was in many ways` a natural extension of our architectural design process.

We take a concept oriented approach to the design process. The first step is to understand the project goals, requirements and constraints, so as to enable an informed architectural response. People’s romantic notions about their homes vary widely and tend to be culturally determined. Gaining an understanding of the target demographic and their underlying thought patterns related to home is an important step in the process.

Characteristics of the site, along with our client’s needs and dreams guide us to a concept or central idea unique to each project. Searching for the right concept is a creative challenge. We stir a number of ideas into the pot, sifting the ingredients through our architectural filters, in search of ideas that resonate.

The architectural concept is distilled to its essence, just a few words, such that it can inform the design at all scales, from massing, to materials, to details. The consistency of the concept is evident in the finished product. It imbues even small details and simple materials with meaning, thus making the mundane memorable.

The intended result is an architecture that is cohesive, innovative, and contextual, in which the smallest details embrace and reinforce the underlying project goals. We endeavor to endow our architecture with energy, meaning, emotion, and intention.

The branding process involves a similar creative exercise. At Corsair the history of the place was a natural direction to pursue. At a time when so much of the built environment is placeless and faceless, celebrating the history of a place adds authenticity and provides continuity with the past. At Corsair the integration of the architecture into the urban fabric of the street, and the referencing of the local brick industrial mill building typology helped to make the building both fit in, and stand out.

Within the community space at Corsair we developed a wide range of environments to house a variety of activities. The Corsair brand provided a common thread that tied the place together. The recycling of the historic industrial materials and artifacts from an earlier age endows Corsair with spirit, and provides authenticity to the experience of living there. The attention to brand related details, like the displaying old bottles that were found during the excavation, and the preservation of cast stone panels that adorned the prior building on the site, layer additional meaning into the placemaking, and sent out strong messages to residents, or future residents that this is a caring community, and a great place to live."

Beinfield Architaggers

Quest for Infamy - Beinfield Architecture firm's signatures on Corsair New Haven sign

 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Harral Security Wheeler/Downtown North Bridgeport

1955 ~ 2016
Beinfield Architecture collaborated with Spinnaker Real Estate and Viking Construction on the Harral Security Wheeler building in Downtown North Bridgeport.
The Harral Security Wheeler development is a historic preservation and adaptive reuse of a former office building that dates to 1904.  It has been converted to residential use with street level retail and office space.
Located in the heart of downtown Bridgeport, it is walk-able to transit, restaurants, hotels, banks and attractions.
Uncovered during the redevelopment were several surprises, including an elaborate pattern engraved in cast iron around the main entrance of the building. The pattern had been hidden in a 1970s-era renovation.

Corsair / New Haven

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

El Segundo - Second to None

Artist DUSTER's signature style at Beinfield Architecture designed El Segundo 

"Decades ago, the work of Bronx artist Duster UA was spotted by avid New York City collector and curator Dolores Neumann. The well-known graffiti writer, whose tags and visual musings could be found on the sides of trains and the city walls that were his first canvases, made the leap to put paint to actual canvas and became part of Neumann's private collection that included Picassos, Matisses, Miros. As a board member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the curator also got one of his paintings accepted there (he describes their relationship in a 20 IO interview/ short documentary, searchable on Youtube). 

Norwalk's Peter Bondi has amassed his own extensive collection of street art over the years, including Duster's work, and through Bondi and Ironworks and El Segundo architect and designer Bruce Beinfield, an introduction was made between the artist and the owners of the bar. "They said they wanted the place to look like an abandoned building where writers had gone· through .. .I've done that kind of stuff before, on movie sets," (Duster's cache includes work in Hollywood for the likes of the Wayans brothers). The detailed piece at the back of the room of a train face is a signature painting that he originally imagined and created on the side of a New York train car. "It's a wild-style piece that says, 'Duster,"' he muses".

Read more of Foodster Mike Mackeys'  article in The Beat here