|Shih Residence (Project)|
The proposed design converts an existing commercial building and adjacent parking lot in a historic residential district into a single-family modern oasis. Concealed behind a traditional brick facade, the home is divided into three bars parallel to the street. The outer bars contain the living spaces, while the central bar is a light-filled courtyard defined by steel framing and large glazed panels.
Awards AIA Baltimore 2002
|American Visionary Art Museum|
This 36,000 s.f. museum exhibits the work of untrained visionary artists. Situated on Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the museum echoes the geometries inherent in the site, including the curved facade of the pre-existing brick building and the waterline of the harbor. Awards Urban Land Institute 1998 AIA Maryland 1998 AIA Baltimore 1996 Photography: Bill Lyons, Alan Gilbert
|Friends School Zamoiski Alumni Hall|
This Alumni Hall for an urban Quaker school is designed as a series of rooms which can be opened up to serve as one large space. In the main gathering space, which overlooks the athletic fields and the alumni's old classrooms, the use of stone unites the new building with the central campus.
Awards Building Congress & Exchange 2003 Photography: Eric Bruce Salsbery
Three disparate buildings in a historic district were converted to create this three-bedroom home. In order to take advantage of the view and optimize light, the main living space was moved to the second floor, where balconies with large sliding glass panels open to views of the inner harbor.
Awards AIA Maryland 2004 Custom Home 2004 Photography: Rob Karosis, Eric Bruce Salsbery
For the renovation of this home, located in the middle of a block of row houses, the combination of an open plan, a new light well and a new glass facade at the north end of the building brings abundant light into a formerly dark interior.
The maple wood and glass used in the cabinets and millwork keep the palette light and airy, while the walls add planes of bright saturated color.
Photography: Eric Bruce Salsbery
Retaining three perimeter brick walls of an existing one-story garage, the architects inserted this glass house into the urban fabric of a historic neighborhood. The old brick becomes a tapestry in the background of the interior spaces, while creating a clear delineation between old and new.
Awards AIA Baltimore 2001 Residential Architect 2000 Sub-Zero Freezer Company 2000 Building Congress & Exchange 1999 Photography: David Livingston, Bill Lyons
This renovation lead to the addition of a pavilion to house the master bathroom. The pavilion expresses its identity through simple massing and the use of glass and wood as finish materials. The transition back to the main house is transparent, featuring glass walls and floors. Special moments include glowing onyx counters and a lizard habitat.
Awards Kitchen & Bath Business 2004 Photography: Alan Gilbert, Becky Swanston
In order to bring natural light into the center of this house, the architects proposed removing an interior masonry wall and an attic, reconfiguring the stair, and creating an open seating area on the second floor.
The two-story window facade is now a significant source of natural light and creates a dramatic open space between the first and second floors.
Photography: Erik Kvalsvik
Founded in 1985, Swanston & Associates is a design-oriented architecture firm located in the heart of historic Fells Point. The principal, Rebecca B. Swanston, brings over 30 years experience to the practice.
With a history of award-winning designs, the firm recognizes that great design is achieved by developing a strong relationship with its clients. The firm's architects emphasize collaboration throughout the creative process.
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