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Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Prospect Ave Residence by Joseph Hobart Weiss, Architect wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the residential category

red_eagleProspect Avenue Residence, Princeton, NJ


Having recently purchased a prominent corner lot in town, the client had specific goals in mind. They were moving back to the town center to enjoy a more walkable lifestyle.  They wanted a modern house, and they wanted to maximize the floor area allowed for the lot while respecting the neighborhood fabric. The corner site is at a transition point in the neighborhood. In each direction are very different contextual conditions. The 140′ southern frontage is along a wider residential thoroughfare with a variety of widely spaced homes set back far from the street.    To the west are larger university apartment buildings. The shorter, 80′ western frontage along a minor residential street is populated with a variety of closely spaced older homes with front porches close to the sidewalk. Breaking the new house into 3 discrete forms allowed the new building to address the corner and each street on its own terms. The 3 ‘separate’ buildings provide an opportunity to bring sunlight into the rear yard.  The dominant street frontage is south facing.  Placing building mass along this edge maximizes the rear exterior open space. The corner building’ is 1 story and sunken, creating a ‘window’ for sunlight into the rear yard.  Separation of the second floor interior spaces is well suited to a family with independent older children.  The roof top sun deck expands the usable outdoor space and provides an outdoor connection between the flanking wings. Connecting indoor and outdoor spaces is a shared value between owner and architect.

prospect2The design employs a great deal of glazing, especially in the rear, but maintains energy efficiency with a super insulated building envelope that, even accounting for the large expanses of glass, yields an overall exterior building envelope energy performance that exceeds current energy codes by 14% .  In addition, the home is conditioned with highly efficient geothermal heat pumps and utilizes energy recovery ventilators for ventilating the tightly sealed envelope. The new house has over 5,300 sf of interior living space and a 420 sf garage under the house hidden from view. Yet it occupies a smaller footprint – approximately 450 sf less- than the former house and detached garage.  A finished basement contributes to the usable living space.  Clerestory windows bring natural light into the basement and create a floating effect on the exterior especially at night. A limestone chimney visible from inside and outside anchors the building to the site.


Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Rowan University Holly Pointe Commons by Erdy McHenry Architecture, LLC wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the residential category



Erdy McHenry Rowan U

Holly Pointe Commons is located at the southeast corner of Rowan University’s main campus, bordered by Mullica Hill Road (route 322) and North Main Street. The building includes two interconnected wings joined by study bridges above the ground level. The building is organized along a gradual curve establishing a formal campus oval at the terminus to the existing pedestrian campus greenway. The outer edge of the oval creates a new campus gateway to visitors approaching the university from the east while enhancing student safety. The building is situated with a sensitivity toward the natural landscape and surrounded by a rain garden serving as a visual/physical buffer and an environmentally sensitive approach to water management. A new dining facility anchors the western end of the site, overlooking historic Abbott’s Pond.  Student housing, more than simply a place for students to eat and sleep, offers an opportunity to foster community and lifelong social impact. With that in mind, this 1,415 bed residential program is organized around smaller communities (pods) of 35 to 40 students in a college house experience, providing for the physical and social needs of students. Social and academic development is nurtured and supported throughout the living/learning community by an integrated series of lounges, recreation and laundry facilities encouraging interaction among residents.


AIA West Jersey Seminar With Postgreen Homes

AIAeagle_2016AIA West Jersey will host the first General Membership Meeting and Dinner Seminar of 2016 on January 28th at Café Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill, NJ.

AIA West Jersey is excited to feature a presentation by Chad Ludeman, President of Postgreen Homes.  Chad will elaborate on strategies to help the architect-developer team succeed, and provide insight to Postgreen’s process for building high-quality homes on a spec developer’s budget.

RSVP:  No Later Than Tuesday, January 26th
see AIA WJ website to RSVP 

Location:  Cafe Aldo Lamberti: 2011 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ

Date:  Thursday, January 28, 2016

Additional details may be found on the AIA West Jersey website:

Thank You,
AIA West Jersey