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FLORIDA MEDAL OF HONOR


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.   

 

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AIA FLORIDA / CARIBBEAN


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


AIA FLORIDA / CARIBBEAN


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


CHARRON 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


5 AIA AWARDS


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.  

 

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FLORIDA / CARIBBEAN ARCHITECT


Cover

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


SRQ HOME OF THE YEAR


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


ANNA-MARIA RESIDENCE


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


SIESTA KEY CONDO


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


ART CENTER PROPOSAL


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


USF LECTURE


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.

 USF LECTURE

USF LECTURE


NATIONAL AWARD!


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


TOP SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AWARD


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.

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The Verandah House


RISDON ON 5TH


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


DONNELLY CONDOMINIUM


Renovation and Interior Design

The condominium is on the 15th floor of Siesta Key’s Terrace Building, originally designed in 1969 by Frank Folsom Smith. Two corner units were combined into a single condo. The ceiling finish was stripped to expose the concrete form-work. All interior partitions were removed. The bathrooms, storage, and kitchen are organized in a wood-clad central core. Speakers, vents, and air returns are all accommodated through discrete cuts and perforations in the wood veneer. The windows were replaced by large bi-fold glass doors that open out from the corners. The master bedroom faces the city while the living space enjoys the views over the Gulf and the beach. Ten foot wide steel and wood interior folding partitions allow the owner to transform the space. The partitions fold back into the wood core to reconnect the private suite with the rest of the unit to form one continuous space. The master bath borrows light from an adjoining space through a window with a switchable electric film. Halflants + Pichette was retained for the selection of furniture and finishes.

 Donnelly Residence

Donnelly Residence


CHANGING THE ROSEMARY DISTRICT


New Implementations

Five of the firm’s housing designs are currently under development in Sarasota’s Rosemary District. These projects will help mend the Rosemary District with downtown Sarasota. A wide variety of units type are incorporated into the designs from two story live-work units with elevated yards to penthouses with generous loft spaces. The units vary in sizes from 800sf one bedroom condos to a large 3,000sf unit. The assortment of units will create a diverse community of residents of varying income levels and backgrounds. As exemplified by the recent condominium purchases at Risdon on 5th, a range of unit types can bring together young professionals and well-heeled owners within the same community of residents. All five projects are careful to connect to the street to help create a lively pedestrian environment.

 Rosemary District

Rosemary District


PHILIPPI CREEK RESIDENCE


Design-Build AIA Award

The recently completed design-build project was awarded the top residential award from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The house sits on the banks of Philippi Creek in on a triangular shaped lot. The expansive design takes full advantage of Florida's agreeable climate. The three wings of the house together form a private courtyard around the pool, shielding the owners from both the street and the public waterway. The living room wing runs along the creek and opens to the long views over the small body of water. An exterior shaded gallery is part of the entry sequence and is on axis with a grand oak on the river’s bank. A west facing balcony perched over the entrance offers a viewing platform to catch views of the setting sun and to reconnect the house with the neighborhood.

 Philippi Creek

Philippi Creek


INTRODUCING NATE MEYER


Project Architect

Architect Nate Meyer joined Halflants + Pichette on August 1st. He moved from Tampa Bay after practicing in St Petersburg and Tampa. He brings to the office over ten years of experience in the design and management of large scale municipal and higher education projects. Most recently, he was the project architect for the 80,000sf Student Academic Center on FIU’s campus in Miami. He oversaw the design and construction of the Town of Indian Shores Public Library, and of the University of Florida’s Office of Student Life. Principal Michael Halflants met Nate as his student in 2004 while he was completing his masters at USF’s Graduate School of Architecture. In the office, Nate will first oversee the design and construction of Zahrada, a high-end housing project in the Rosemary District.

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TAMPA OFFICE


305 S. MacDill Avenue/Tampa FL 33609

Thanks to a growing list of projects in the Tampa Bay Area, we are excited to announce that Halflants + Pichette Tampa office is now open! The office is located on MacDill Avenue between downtown and the South Tampa peninsula, within easy reach from I-275 and the crosstown. Glenn McKay, who is an experienced designer with work ranging from multi- family housing to hotels and offices, will serve as the director of the Tampa office.

 Tampa Location

Tampa Location


TAMPA BAY STUDIO DIRECTOR


Glenn McKay

Glenn McKay opened the firm’s new office in Tampa Bay in response to a growing list of projects in the area. Glenn serves as studio director responsible for all tasks from hiring to development. For 15 years, Glenn worked with the Bacon Group as a senior designer and project manager before opening his own studio. He previously worked in Sydney, Australia coordinating the design of the Maroun Tower and of the twenty-two story Sheraton on the Park Hotel. Over the past two years at Halflants + Pichette, Glenn has been taking a leading role in managing the firm’s largest multifaceted designs including two mixed-use housing projects.

 Glenn Mckay

Glenn Mckay