This summer, Luce Architects has offered architectural internships to Rebecca Smith and Calleigh McDonald. Rebecca is currently enrolled in Penn State‚ architectural program while Calliegh is enrolled in Philadelphia University‚ program. Each of them has a unique approach to their work and has been a tremendous help around the office.
Megan Luce has also joined the firm this summer and is assisting in an administrative role.
Calleigh McDonald (L), Rebecca Smith (M), Megan Luce (R)
Many of our local cities, boroughs and towns have been financially devastated by this recent economic downturn. There has been however a renewed interest in reclaiming these blighted areas and investing in reinventing community centers and neighborhoods.
The borough of Perkasie is one example of how these efforts are becoming realized. In trying to recapture what once was, Luce Architects had designed a corner along Main Street reminiscent of a building which stood there long ago, known as the American House. The American House was tragically destroyed by fire however; the rendering below illustrates how it could be rebuilt in a modern sense incorporating a mix of residential and commercial uses.
Another example would be the repurposing of the Whitemarsh Fire Station to be used as 6 residential apartments. The building seen below utilizes the bones of the original firehouse while creating a vernacular that better compliments the surrounding community and neighborhood. The massing of the building was reduced to encourage a more human scale to the property as compared to large apartment buildings. The effort here was to create a ‚Äúhome‚Äù for the residents and not a ‚Äúbuilding‚Äù. Although the building fronts Route 73, the sides and rear of the building abut woods and open space.
Located in picturesque and historic Bucks County, PA, this 22,000 square foot home boasts a 350 foot wide street frontage, 6 bedrooms, a movie theater, and indoor basketball court.
Inspired by the Mediterranean style and European Castles, the homes details are consistent throughout. Brightly lit, monumental spaces carved out with complementary architectural details create a grand and romantic atmosphere. Elaborate and beautifully decorated terraces let the outdoors permeate the indoor spaces.
The home is scheduled for completion Spring of 2014.
Enabling an owner to perceive and realize the potential of their property has always been the driving force behind our design process. The owners‚Äô understanding of the process and ability to comprehend complex design ideas streamlines the process and eliminates misunderstandings. With the ability to offer cinematic graphics, videos and virtual walkthroughs our clients quickly realize why they came to Luce Architects in the first place.