Tuesday, December 11, 2012

On the Boards | Entrance Gallery

Compelling renderings are flowing out of the back office over here at Beinfield Architecture. We thought we'd offer you a taste of the creativity!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wine Cave Wins CT AIA Award!

Beinfield Architecture has received the Connecticut AIA's 2012 Encompassing Art Award. Thank you to our wonderful clients for letting us work together in creating this amazing space. 

Monday night at the Long Wharf Theater was an exciting evening for the designers of Beinfield Architecture.  James Wassell accepted a drawing award. Bruce Beinfield FAIA accepted the Business in Architecture Award for Volo Aviation. And Andrew Bartolotta AIA accepted the Encompassing the Art Award for the wine cave pictured below. 

Those great back lit colored barrels? That's creative use of snare drum forms!

The AIA's jury has this to say about the space:
The wine cellar is playful, celebratory, and innovative. With economy of means, it uses a new vocabulary of project type.

Photo by Michele Scotto Trani

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bruce Beinfield FAIA Inducted into New England Design Hall of Fame

Last week, after the crazy fall Nor'easter, Bruce traveled to Boston to be inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame! Here he is with his distinguished colleagues. You can check out the great write-up on Bruce's architecture and design philosophy in the current New England Home Magazine, on news stands through January.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beinfield wins AIA CT Drawing Award for 2012

James S. Wassell, for Beinfield Architecture, wins the 2012 AIA Connecticut Drawing Award in the Hand Drawn Category!

The jury was impressive:
John P. Franzen, FAIA, J.P. Franzen and Associates
Kevin Herrick, AIA, The S/L/A/M Collaborative
James Martin, AIA, James Martin Architecture
Su Tamsett, AIA
Leonard Wyeth, AIA, Wyeth Architects, LLC
And they had this to say about the beautiful drawing:
The drawing looks like a cubist pairing. it shows design intent, has a dynamic composition, and instills curiosity in the viewer. It is full of surprises. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

On the Boards | 745 Post Road in Darien

We are well on our way to the completion of Darien's very first inclusionary zoning project (at least 12% of the residential units are affordable). This project, in addition to it's 6,000 square feet of commercial space, will include 8 large apartments.

Seelan took these great pictures of the steelwork on a site visit earlier this week. There's a  rendering of the future mixed-use proposal at the end for you.

We are excited to be working with developers David Genovese and Penny Glassmeyer as we arrive at the construction phase of 745 Post Road!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Volo Aviation helps you with your AIA Continuing Education Credits

photography by Michele Scotto Trani

We've included some different photos of the project here that we think represent EXITECH's polycarbonate product well. Especially the night versus day facade views above.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Harlan Social Opens Tonight!

Yes, tonight, people! Mark and Bruce went to check out the food and atmosphere at our latest restaurant project last week. And for you I have a sneak peek of Harlan Social, located on the south side of Stamford. Go there. Tonight. And let us know what you think.

 photo courtesy Michele's iPhone

 photo from Harlan Social's FB page https://www.facebook.com/HarlanSocial
office photo

Monday, August 6, 2012

The New England Landscape

We've had an incredible summer in New England this year and we are trying to soak up every last moment.  On this beautiful first Monday in August, we want to share a couple of our outbuildings. Outbuildings are typically associated with chores, but 'work' doesn't even come to mind when contemplating these elegant structures right at home in the lush summer landscape.

photograph by Michele Scotto Trani

photograph by Michele Scotto Trani

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Recent Work | Old Greenwich Residence

Summertime photo shoots are so rewarding. We get to visit with great clients whose homes were finished months ago. We see how they are utilizing the spaces we've created and we experience the landscaping coming into it's own.  The landscape architect on this wonderful Old Greenwich home, Steven Stimson Associates, created an elegant setting for this waterfront property.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Check out Beinfield Architecture's spread in Architecture Leaders Today!

There's a great Beinfield Architecture spread in the July/August issue of Architecture Leaders Today!

We are honored and thrilled to have several of our most recent projects featured in the magazine, and we'd love for you to check them out. With Volo Aviation, a new home in an idyllic orchard, the Stepping Stones Museum for Children, and Tappo Restaurant, there's a wide range of our work and influence. It's really exciting when all that hard work comes together in one place.

You can access the online version of Architecture Leaders Today through ISUU right here (and you'll find us if you skip ahead to page 55).

Architecture Leaders Today | July/Aug 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Old Greenwich Residence Sneak Peek

photo by Michele Scotto Trani

Here's a little teaser from last week's photo shoot. If you're good we'll show you some more tomorrow...

In the meanwhile, enjoy today's fantastic evening weather.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Beinfield presents: restaurants on the boards...

On this hot summer Friday, we'll leave you with an in-house, James rendering of one of our current projects.

This depicts Harlan Social, which will be located in the Lockworks building at Towne Street over on the south side of Stamford. This 'gastropub' will be opening soon and I can't wait to test it out along with a few other local restaurants on the boards here including the modern, Middle Eastern restaurant, Safita, opening in the old firehouse on the Saugatuck River in Westport.

We hope you've enjoyed this week's little recap of some recent Beinfield designed restaurants. Did you take advantage of Restaurant Week in South Norwalk or your neighborhood?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beinfield Presents: Village Social | Mt Kisco

(photo courtesy of Village Social)

(photos 2 through 5 by Mark Vergari from Small Bites on the web)

Village Social is located in Mount Kisco, New York, and has a great atmosphere.  Circulation corridors are formed with steel truss work, and a friendly, neighborhood pub aesthetic is created in this industrial, open space.  Enjoy your meal in the dining room, at the bar or on the patio. Owner, Joe Bueti, calls the restaurant "casual chic and contemporary" and it's definitely a bring the family kind of place.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Beinfield Presents: Bar Rosso | Stamford CT

Bar Rosso is the more casual, rustic venture of the founders of Napa, also located in Stamford, Connecticut.  

Beinfield Architecture designed this open, inviting restaurant, where the pizza oven is purposefully brought out of the kitchen into the dining area and celebrated with a steel enclosure.  The exposed brick wall on one side is opposed by a stone wall on the other, while the rustic wood finishes throughout create a feeling of warmth that reflects the menu and the Bar Rosso culture.

Check out Bar Rosso and let us know what you think. You'll find it on Spring Street, one of the most fun places to be in Stamford during the spring and summer!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Beinfield Presents: bartaco | Stamford CT

Beinfield Architecture is proud to be involved in the design of the bartaco restaurant and bar located in Stamford, Connecticut. Sasha and Andy, the co-founders of bartaco, have a strong vision and design aesthetic for their restaurants. This adventure into their iteration of an authentic Baja taco stand is no different. 

The bartaco team has this to say about the well-orchestrated dining experience:
Inspired by the beach culture of Punta del Este and Buzios in South America, bartaco brings upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment.  With an open-air and inviting atmosphere, the spacious dining room complete with high ceilings draws attention to the unique paintings and photographs decorating the walls. 
The minimalist decor is light and breezy, with the air of a rustic beach resort. Crisp colors of blue and white are accented with old painted clapboard walls, hanging basket weave light fixtures, ceiling fans and fig trees.
As a regular patron, I have to tell you that an excursion to bartaco feels like being transported out of Fairfield County on a mini-vacation to some relaxed, music-filled, beach town where everyone is suddenly cooler just for being there.

And the drinks are incredible. Try a chipotle infused vodka with seltzer and a touch of agave, or find something fresh, and delicious on the menu that suits your personality. Then come back and tell me about your favorite drink...

(all photos courtesy of bartaco and the bartaco FB page)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Beinfield Presents: Artisan Restaurant | Southport CT

(photos courtesy of Artisan)

Artisan Restaurant is going into it's 2nd summer season and is located at the Delamar Hotel in Southport, Connecticut.  We had the pleasure of working as the Architect on the design of this gem, which has proven itself as a hotspot with amazing cuisine.

The combination of industrial and rustic materials work together to result in an unexpectedly warm environment.  You'll see white-washed, pine boards and muted finishes creating calm. The space is organized on a column grid and glass partitions section off spaces using antiqued, steel and mirrors to reflect the seemingly glowing atmosphere.  French doors spill out onto the patio retreat which can be kind of magical, especially at dusk.

If you're looking for a quieter environment to dine, the formal dining room is the place to go. If you want a more lively and energetic feel, head to the outdoor patio and bar.

For more on this excellent edition to the Fairfield County dining scene, check out what the NY Times has to say about Artisan.

Happy Restaurant Week! Let us know if you've been to Artisan and what you think.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Getting Ready For Restaurant Week in SoNo

In  celebration of SoNo's Restaurant Week (June 17-22) we are bringing you a sneak peak of some of the restaurants we have been hard at work designing over the past several months. We'll feature a different Beinfield designed restaurant each day next week. 

All of this restaurant talk is making me hungry... Are there any good resturants you plan on visiting during Restaurant Week?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tonight's the Night! The Beinfield Architecture Team is a finalist for 2 Innovation in Design Awards

Congratulations to all of the other designers who are finalists in the Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards! We are thrilled to be honored among such esteemed colleagues as finalists in both the Architecture and Kitchen categories.

Will you be at the awards gala tonight?

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's bustling around these parts...

We've been busy making architecture. And these renderings are for one of the South Norwalk community projects we hold close to our hearts.  Thanks Eric, of Eric Rains Landscape Architecture, for putting together this beautiful announcement to herald the municipal approval of a major redevelopment in our neighborhood, 20 North Water Street.