Architecture is sculpture.
Andrew Ferentinos is an architect based in New England. He opened his office in 2012 after working in New York City for architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Raimund Abraham, and Francois de Menil.
Ferentinos studied architecture and art at The Cooper Union in New York City and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a BArch from Cooper Union and an advanced Masters degree from MIT. He is a professionally licensed architect.
2018- / BARN & LITTLE GARDEN HOUSE / NORTHEAST KINGDOM, VT
The site is a 112 acre farm and apple orchard in rural Vermont. The small guest house is nestled into the hill and integrated into the masonry foundation of the barn. Placing the house into the hill not only preserves important views of the landscape, but also allows the architecture of the barn to be the main focus.
The structure is built from tamarack timbers, felled and milled locally in Vermont; cast-in-place concrete; steel & glass.
2018- / HOUSE II / HARDWICK , VT
Ferentinos is designing an extensive renovation of House II, the highly significant work of architecture designed by Peter Eisenman, completed in 1970. Similar to House VI, the serious deterioration of the original building has opened up an opportunity for the owners and Ferentinos to rebuild the house with significant developments in the architecture.
2017- / SOLAR PAVILION / LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
The Solar Pavilion is many things: a traditional barn, a type of garden pavilion, a utilitarian storage shed, a solar energy farm, a rain water harvesting system. Built with cedar timbers, cast-in-place concrete, metal roof, wood siding. Currently in construction.
2017- / HOUSE VI / WEST CORNWALL, CT
Ferentinos designed an extensive multi-year renovation of House VI, the highly significant work of architecture designed by Peter Eisenman, completed in 1975. Due to the serious deterioration of the original building, the new house is more of a reincarnation than renovation. While staying true to its original form, the new house consists of many enhancements as it evolves under new ownership and advancements in building technology.
2017 / LA SIERRA ARTIST RESIDENCY / COLOMBIA, SOUTH AMERICA
Ferentinos is the architect of the new La Sierra Artist Residency on the Carribean Coast of Colombia. Created in 2016 by curator Nina Arias, the program brings art and nature together to support artists to create new works of art.
The building houses a large studio space, living area, bathroom and takes inspiration from the design of the indigenous people of the area using an indoor / outdoor floor plan with a thatched roof and walls that open to the outside. It has unparalleled mountain views and is in keeping with the mission of the residency to bring artists closer to their natural surroundings.
La Sierra Artist Residency takes its name from its unique location on the Caribbean Sea in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia, South America. Here you will find the highest coastal mountain range in the world, with mountain peaks 18,700-ft above sea level and just a short distance from the sea. The area is named “The Heart of the World” for it’s biodiversity – every existing ecosystem thrives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The new residency building will be made possible from crowd funding. Please help support this project and give artists an opportunity to learn from this land. Donate here.
2015 / ART STUDIO / PRIVATE CLIENT
Design for an art studio that provides space for painting and ceramics. The clients desired privacy and to feel connected to the wooded site in upstate New York.
The building opens up towards the west where there is a long, high-ceiling porch. From the porch one can view sunsets over a river and mountains.
Native blue stone is quarried near the site and rough slabs are used for landscaping. The stone serves as a transition from the geometric architecture into wild nature.
Upstate New York, on the border of Pennsylvania.
2012 / HOUSE IN WELLFLEET / COMPETITION
A design for a system of building elements to be used in constructing low cost houses in the Cape Cod region. The design of building elements allows for a variety of house types to be built in different locations. The design is a variation on the typical traditional and modern homes in the Cape Cod region.
The design references the extraordinary history of modern architecture in and around Wellfleet where many influential artists and architects kept residence such as Marcel Breuer, Serge Chermayeff and Olav Hammarstrom, Paul Weidlinger, Walter Gropius, Gyorgy Kepes, Constantino Nivola, the Saarinen family, and Florence and Hans Knoll.
Exhibited at the Conditions / Environments exhibition at the Boston Society of Architects Boston, MA, October 2013.
2015 / ART STUDIO / HAUSER & WIRTH COMPETITION
The design of this small art studio was constrained by a very small budget, and local restrictions on the ceiling height and the shape of the building.
The design turned the constraints into opportunities by providing just the right amount of interior privacy by carefully placing windows and skylights. Generous skylights above provide natural light and carefully located windows provide views of the gardens surrounding the studio.
Somerset, England, Competition Entry.
2012 / NATATORIUM / PRIVATE CLIENT
A design for an indoor pool located within an existing U-shaped courtyard house made of brick. An economical solution was achieved by extending the roof-line of the house and excavating the new pool area into the courtyard, lowering the amount of new construction.
Entry to the pool is from inside the house or from the exterior courtyard garden. Generous blue-stone terrace steps lead down to the pool patio.
2013 / MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING / SIP PANELS
Design for urban, multi-family housing at various locations in Massachusetts and the greater Northeast. Built from SIP panels, the homes are relatively low-cost and have very high insulation values, making them very energy efficient. Spacious and grand interior rooms offer modern alternatives to the outdated housing stock in the state.
Taking inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Homes, we created a limited set of building elements which can be combined and recombined in a nearly infinite amount of ways to achieve a rich variety of interior atmospheres.
2016 / PETAL HOUSE / PRIVATE COMMISSION
Ferentinos was commissioned by a construction company that manufactures Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs). The brief was to design a pre-fabricated house. The only requirement was that it must have a pitched roof.
Rather than making one type, we took inspiration from the American poet Wallace Steven’s poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."
Based on an underlying geometry, a series of houses are offered that are similar yet different. The intent is to rethink the conventional spaces of the pitched roof houses so common to New England.
2012 / PSAC II / SOM
While at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Ferentinos was a designer of the emergency crisis management building for the region of New York.
Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II) is a centralized emergency response facility for the Police, Fire, EMS, and at times Federal Security Agencies. It is essentially designed as a fortress. Able to withstand threatening natural disasters and bombs, the design is based on a 2N redundancy which means the buildings support systems are doubled. If a bomb destroyed half of the building, the other half would be able to be self-operational.
Ferentinos was integral in coordinating the design of technical systems in the building such as technologically advanced work stations, digital display systems, data centers, security systems, and more.
Bronx, New York.
2015-16 / BARCELONA COLUMN, MIES VAN DER ROHE /
Barcelona Column is an exact replica of Mies van der Rohe’s legendary Barcelona Pavilion column, yet made of polished yellow brass and slightly scaled down to become an object rather than a building component.
The cruciform shaped column is the manifestation of Mies' ideas of the beauty of precision in architecture, or as he called it Baukunst or The Building Art.
The column comes in two sizes: a large size where the column functions as a free standing totem like object, and as a small size which functions as a paper weight or book end.
2016 / MULTI-MEDIA BOX / MIT
MIT commissioned Ferentinos to design and manufacture an entirely new system of furniture and equipment for classrooms and auditoria.
This structural enclosure, often called a confidence monitor, is located on or near a stage to aid the speaker or performer.
The box holds a 55" digital monitor on an articulating arm and a speaker bar. The monitor allows a presenter to view themselves on screen as they are recorded or view their notes or presentation, similar to a teleprompter. The speakers amplify questions from the audience directed to the speaker.
Powder coated steel tube, powder coated aluminum sheet metal, black oxide screws.
This item can be customized based on your particular needs.
2016 / FLUTED BUSINESS CARD BOX
A fluted business card holder.
Fits up to 550 cards comfortably.
Machined from solid aluminum or brass. Cork liner.
5.5" x 4.25" x 18"
Available in mirror polish or sand blasted with clear anodize.
Can be stacked vertically or horizontally for extra storage.
Photograph of mirror polish aluminum. 2016.
Photograph of mirror polish aluminum. 2016.
Photograph of mirror polish aluminum. 2016.
Photograph of sand blasted aluminum. 2016.
2016 / PECONIC BOOKCASE-CREDENZA / PRIVATE COMMISSION
Originally designed for a beach house in Long Island, New York, this storage unit merges bookcases with a credenza.
The vertical supports are white powder coated steel. The user has flexibility in arrangement of shelves. Holes for stainless steel brackets are provided every 7 inches to allow for different shelf arrangements.
Ash wood is finished with multiple thin coats of white wash, followed by a clear protective coating. This finish gives the wood a white modern sheen, while also highlighting the natural wood grain texture.
The construction employs traditional wood joinery techniques. Splines and square pegs are made from dark Walnut, contrasting the lighter Ash.
Purchase this product in various sizes and materials.
2014-16 / LECTERN / MIT
Since 2013, Ferentinos has been leading a specialized team in developing furniture and equipment to meet and exceed the multi-media needs of faculty and the Information Technology Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In parallel with the Lectern designs for MIT, Ferentinos has been developing a line of height-adjustable desks & tables.
Images by request
2014 / STOREFRONT / ZAHNER
The world renowned metal construction company Zahner, most notable for building Frank Ghery’s complex architecture and the iconic DeYoung Museum in San Fransisco, commissioned Ferentinos and Jonathan Olivares to conduct a research project documenting a curated selection of the most significant storefronts and facades in modern history from around the world.
The book consists of approximately 25 case-study buildings. Each building entry falls into the constraint of being sited on an urban street with just one exposed facade. As a result, the book documents an architecture of constraint and visual depth in the limited flatness of the street front.
2013 / EFFETO MATERIA / DOMUS
Produced for the Italian architecture and design magazine Domus, this article profiles four US architects - two in the west coast and two in the east - and their recent approach towards materials. Interviews with Steven Holl, Michael Maltzan, Thom Mayne, and Richard Meier.
Co-written with Jonthan Olivares.
2013 / CCVA MODEL / CARPENTER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, HARVARD.
Ferentinos designed and constructed an extra-large model of the the CCVA - the architect Lecorbusier’s only building in America - for the Brute! exhibition, curated by artists Katarina Burin and Amie Siegel.
The exhibition celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Building. The model included a performance by the artist Annette Lemieux.
2012 / PERIMETER CITY 238 / LINCOLN, NE
Ferentinos designed a city plan for Lincoln, Nebraska. Designed to house 150,000 new residents in the next 50 years, the plan transforms the city into an asterisk shape that maximizes the most valuable part of the city - the perimeter - from 107 to 238 linear miles
Even though the U.S. metropolitan area population is an expanding suburbia, most research on cities is focused on high density, compact urban areas. The metropolitan
horizontal scale has largely been neglected even though it is likely to remain the model for many years to come. Lincoln, Nebraska is taken as a model to research
innovative models of suburbanization that can be applied to other U.S. cities.
2011 / FIRST SOCIETIES / MARK JARZOMBEK
Ferentinos was commissioned to produce some +50 hand and ink drawings for the architecture historian Mark Jarzombek's book “Architecture of First Societies: A Global Perspective” (John Wiley and Sons, 2013).
The project allowed Ferentinos to research ancient art and design strategies from around the world, including some of the most remote places on earth.
A curated selection of the drawings were displayed at The Keller Gallery at MIT. Ferentinos curated and designed the exhibition along with Timothy Cooke.
2015 / OPEN CITY / THE COOPER UNION
Open City, Existential Urbanity, edited by Diane Lewis. (Milano: Edizioni Charta, 2015) is "an anthology of architecture created and advocated by the students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in studios conducted by the Architect Diane Lewis, Professor, with a team of notable colleagues from 2001 - 2014."
Other contributors include Richard Meier, Barry Bergdoll, Anthony Vidler, Georg Windeck, Daniel Scherer, Roger Duffy, G.T. Pellizzi, and Joseph Bedford.
Ferentinos was asked to contribute the project Locus/Domus, Palimpsest: Expanding the Morgan Library, a design proposal for the expansion of the existing Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.
In November, 2015 at The New Museum in New York City, among artists and architects, Ferentinos presented how the project influenced his current design practice.
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