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Halflants + Pichette Solo Exhibit

Solo Exhibit at the Center for Architecture

The work of the design-build firm Halflants + Pichette is on display at the Center for Architecture at 265 S. Orange Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The solo exhibit features over 40 handcrafted models as well as large prints featuring the firm’s built and upcoming projects. A small book illustrating the work on display is available at the Center. The gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery opens Tuesday to Friday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and on Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The exhibit will run through October 10th.


AIA Florida / Caribbean Honor Award

Award of Excellence for Interior Design

A second condominium renovation was again awarded the highest interior design award from the Florida / Caribbean chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Only two interiors were recognized with an Honor Award of Excellence. The award was presented at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando. The design-built condominium is on the 14th floor of Siesta Key’s Terrace Building. A fifteen-foot-long counter was built in a single pour without a seam. Ribbed bamboo plywood covers the living space and folds to conceal the media wall. This outsized folded surface ties the condo unit together and provides warmth. All mechanical, lighting, and entertainment systems remain discrete.



Design-Build Breaking Ground!

 Halflants + Pichette developed the design for a trapezoidal site on Longboat Key taking full advantage of the shape of the site.  The L-shape floor plan cradles an outdoor shaded room facing the long view across Sarasota Bay.  Every room of the house is oriented around the bayfront porch which houses the raised pool and spa.  The porch is shaded by a roof terrace more than twenty feet above.  A series of slim evenly-spaced steel columns supports the thin roof above.  An exterior aluminum perforated stair suspended above the pool will provide access to the roof terrace.  A glass bridge running the length of the house from the entry foyer to the dining room is aligned with a linear skylight above bringing unexpected daylight to the entry sequence



Derek Pirozzi

Derek Pirozzi joined our Sarasota team as Project Manager in response to our growing list of projects in the area. After receiving his Master of Architecture from the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design where he received top honors and nominations for his portfolio and architectural thesis addressing Florida Gulf Coast Vernacular, Derek Pirozzi has begun to generate an early body of work resulting in award winning proposals around the globe. Mr. Pirozzi worked for a number of award winning architecture firms including Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle WA and Oppenheim Architecture + Design in Miami FL. He is currently working as the project manager of a sixty-unit condominium project in the Rosemary District. 




Phase 1 Under Construction!

 Zahrada consists of six luxury townhouses on 4th Street in downtown Sarasota.  Each 4-bedroom residence boast a private pool, an elevated courtyard, and a detached guesthouse.  Each will be serviced by its own private and oversized two-car garage.  A glass floor will bring light to the ground floor. The living spaces are designed with ceilings more than 13’ high.  In addition to the private courtyards, each townhouse opens to four shaded balconies to further expand the interior spaces and take advantage of Sarasota’s agreeable climate. 



10 x 10 Turns 10

The April 10x10 marked the 10th year that principal Michael Halflants has been organizing the event.  Three times per year, together with Tim Jaeger, he invites ten speakers to present ten images of their work or inspiration.  On this occasion, Halflants will himself present the work of the firm.  The event will only feature current and past members of the Sarasota Visual Artists Studios, a collaborative association of diverse artists who regularly open their studios to the public and organize group exhibits. 

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AIA Florida / Caribbean of Architects

Principal Michael Halflants was awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for Design from the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for design that AIA Florida can bestow on an architect. The Medal of Honor recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself by the high quality and originality of his work and provided inspiration to colleagues. The jury consisted of the past award recipients. The medal was presented in Sawgrass at the AIA Florida convention with 500 architects in attendance.   




Award of Excellence for Interior Design

The Donnelly Condominium renovation project was awarded the highest interior design award. Only two interiors were recognized with an Honor Award of Excellence. The design-built condominium is on the 15th floor of Siesta Key’s Terrace Building, originally designed in 1969 by Frank Folsom Smith. The architects combined two units into a single continuous space. Elements of steel and wood were introduced to compliment the exposed concrete ceiling.Ten-foot wide steel and wood folding partitions allow the owner to transform the space. The furniture was selected by Halflants + Pichette.


Interior View

Interior View


Award of Excellence for New Construction

The design-built Guberman-Kennedy Residence was selected among 300 entries as the only residence in Florida to receive an Honor Award of Excellence. The jury consisted of renowned architects out of London. The site is one house removed from the Gulf of Mexico in Venice. With careful edits, the design takes advantage of two view corridors through neighboring lots. The elevated living room spans over the yard creating a generous shaded space. A second exterior stair, hanging on the face of the house, leads to the roof terrace.


Guberman-Kennedy Residence

Guberman-Kennedy Residence


Longboat Key

Photographer Bill Speer took additional images of the recently completed Charron Residence on Longboat Key.  The design is based on the plan of the clients’ former condo in Switzerland which they enjoyed residing for a number of years.  The Swiss condo floor plan was cut and collaged into an arrangement of spaces suited to the conditions of the Florida site.  Without being bounded a neighboring unit above or below, the new design opens up to volumes of spaces and reconnects the elevated house to the site both through a roof terrace and the lower pool terrace.  A mezzanine level on the way to the roof offers a new vantage point of the living space below. 


Entry View

Entry View


Gulf Coast American Institute of Architects

Halflants + Pichette Architects were awarded a record of five of the twelve AIA design awards at the biannual Gulf Coast AIA competition, including two Awards of Excellence.  A jury of well-established architects out of North Carolina were asked to review the 75 submissions.  Twenty-one design firms from our three neighboring counties submitted designs completed within the past two years.  For the second time, Halflants + Pichette alone secured almost half of the awards.  Four residential projects completed as design-build ventures by Halflants + Pichette together with the unbuilt design of an art center were recognized at the award ceremony.  All winning projects are on display at the Center for Architecture on Orange Avenue.  





Our Anna Maria design-built residence graces the cover of Florida/Caribbean Architect, the quarterly magazine of the regional chapter of the American Institute of Architects Florida. It was distributed to every architecture office in Florida and in Puerto Rico.  The sculptural side elevation showcases an exterior stair that leads to the roof terrace.  A portion of the house cantilevers over a pool deck while a vertical window on the other end brings light to two story space. 


Anna Maria Residence

Anna Maria Residence


Four Winning Projects

For the first time in the magazine’s history, four residential projects by the same architecture firm were honored in this year’s SRQ Home of the Year competition.  The Guberman-Kennedy Residence in Venice was recognized with the top award for residences under $1 million while the Nainar Residence on Anna Maria was honored with the top award for homes over $2 million.  The Philippi Creek Residence and a condominium renovation on Siesta Key were also prominently featured.  All four projects were executed as design-build ventures by Halflants + Pichette allowing the designers to ensure that the design intent was carried out through construction. 


Donnelly Condominium II

Donnelly Condominium II


Completed Design-Build

The 56-foot wide parcel faces the public beach across Anna Maria Island’s coastal drive.  The intent of the design was to reconnect the elevated house with the yard below.   From the raised living space, the house first descends to an elevated pool deck to again step down to another elevated deck four feet above grade.   The master bedroom cantilevers over the pool creating a shaded deck below from which to admire the beach.  A large cut in the roof offers a view down from the roof terrace to the pool and the yard below.  Photography by Bill Speer.

To see more images of this residence, please visit ANNA MARIA RESIDENCE

Anna-Maria Residence

Anna-Maria Residence


Completed Design-Build Renovation

The condominium is on the 15th floor of Siesta Key’s Terrace Building.  Two units were combined into a single large condo.  All interior partitions were removed.  The ceiling finish was stripped to expose the concrete formwork.  The bathrooms, storage, and kitchen are laid out in a wood-clad central core.  Ten foot wide steel and wood folding partitions allow the owner to transform the space.  The partitions fold back into the wood core to form one continuous space.  The master bath borrows light from an adjoining space through a window with a switchable electric film.  Photography by Bill Speer.

For a video of the folding partitions, please visit DONNELLY CONDOMINIUM

Donnelly Residence

Donnelly Residence


Creating Civic Space

The rendering depicts a dramatic sheltered Arts Plaza that opens up to a new neighborhood. This civic space intended for public events is shaded by the art studios overhead. On the far corner of the site is an opening that connects the center with the Riverwalk. A public park offering informal seating shaded under a grove of trees slopes towards the entry plaza and the cultural activities of the site. A single entry greets members from all corners of the site, ensuring the overall connectivity of the project to the city and the success of the center as a civic plaza.

For more on this design, please visit ART CENTER PROPOSAL

Art Center Proposal

Art Center Proposal


HALFLANTS + PICHETTE to present this Friday

The University of South Florida’s School of Architecture has invited Michael Halflants and John Pichette to kick off their 2017 lecture series this Friday February 3 rd. The two principals will focus their lecture on recent built projects and will discuss the unique advantages of a design-build practice. Architects who will be presenting their work over the spring semester include Lyndon Neri and Rossan Hu of Shanghai, Peter Rose of Boston, and Daniel Libeskind, the designer of NYC’s new World Trade Center. Michael Halflants has been teaching at USF for the past 14 years and is looking forward to presenting his own work to his students, the school's alumni, and Tampa Bay professionals.




Philippi Creek Residence wins National ALA Award

The Philippi Creek Residence was recognized with a 2016 national design award by the Association of Licensed Architects. The award winners are featured in the current winter issue of the association’s quarterly magazine. The residence was the only honored project built in Florida. The other published projects ranged from a museum in San Francisco to an academic building in New Jersey. The award ceremony was held this past November in the Crystal Ballroom in Chicago.

2016 ALA Design Awards

2016 ALA Design Awards


Florida American Institute of Architects

The Verandah House was honored with the top AIA Florida Sustainable Design award in 2016. It was the sole project in Florida and the Caribbean to receive an honor award in AIA Florida’s annual sustainable design category. With generous overhangs, shaded terraces, operable systems, and solar cells, the house embraces Sarasota’s subtropical latitude as it opens to the rear courtyard. On the entire length of the house, the roof overhangs 16 feet, shading the yard and creating a cooler micro-climate around the pool. The entry court and the yard are both shaded by photovoltaic panels mounted on glass. The system consists of 62 Lumos Solar LSX 240 watt frameless modules in three separate arrays, providing DC power of almost 15,000 watts. The arrays are connected to string inverters, which convert the DC electricity to AC for use in the home, offsetting between 80% and 90% of all onsite consumption. The frameless modules have the added benefit of being partially transparent with a clear backsheet, providing filtered shade to areas under the solar arrays, and helping reduce temperatures in the outdoor areas of the home.

The Verandah House

The Verandah House


New Rendering

The new rendering depicts the interior of the large 2 bedroom / 2 baths units facing the historic Hood Building. The units boast both a 21 foot high ceiling over the living space and a substantial terrace above the sidewalk and retail spaces below. The mixed-use housing project consists of twenty-two residential units over six retail spaces. The project is currently under construction and the interior framing of the units is well underway. The condominium units of Risdon on 5th interlock into one another in both plan and section creating a variety of unit types. The diversity of sizes will ensure that an equally diverse community of residents with varying income levels, age, and backgrounds will occupy the structure. A rooftop pool accessible to all units will serve as a major amenity for the residents to enjoy.

Interior View

Interior View