LEFT: Stack + Co. incorporated natural materials from the New England vernacular (stone, red cedar, green fir trusses, pine barnboard, and bluestone) to build a modern house. ABOVE: By using exposed steel plates and steel connectors on locally sawn fir trusses, a traditional element is made to feel contemporary.
Tasked with designing Mayhew Wine Shop in Boston, architect Andrew Wade Keating of Stack + Co. set out to redefine the way we buy wine. His answer was a custom modular plug-in shelving system that can be continually reconfigured to tailor and tweak the shopping experience. He also de-centralized the point of sale and designed movable tasting tables that encourage sampling (and purchasing). This process-driven approach is what sets Stack + Co. apart. “We create these narratives, or conceptual ideas, about every project,” says Keating, one of the firm’s three principals. “Our process is our niche.” The integrated architecture and construction firm applies the same holistic approach to every assignment, and their range is broad: restaurants, museums, breweries, residential new builds, multi-families. The common thread is that their work skews more technical, complex, and even a little experimental. | Stack + Co., Boston and Providence, stackac.com
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RIGHT: The goal was to design a strikingly modern home in a classic New England town; western red cedar, expanses of glass, and stucco blend the project with its site, even as it stands out from its neighbors.
LEFT: At Mayhew Wine Shop, hickory plywood sheets with CNC-cut perforations allow the display modules to be easily moved and reconfigured; the result is a flexible system for racking the wine and organizing products.
Photos of homes by Aaron Usher III. Wine shop photo by Christian Phillips.
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