Samana Village

This village, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, is envisioned as a sustainable development project by extending the economy of Samana, a thriving settlement of 20,000 people.

Samana was first settled by Europeans in 1799, when Napoleon (then sovereign over Hispanola) commissioned a study for a navy base here.  It is a rare deepwater port in the tropical New World.

Land:  22 hectare

Scope:  400-key hotel, waterfront marina, workspace, apartments, and luxury villas in contemporary Caribbean architectural flavor.

Samana village hillside

East End District

A new district is arising in the neighborhood bounded by Corrine, Winter Park Road, and General Rees.  Dubbed the East End District, the area is housing more and more artists, writers, thinkers, and doers of the twenty-first century.  The housing stock, built in the mid-1940s through the early 1960s, reflects the early postwar free thinking that is now coming back to live in this affordable neighborhood.
In the spirit of this era, two new models are offered for empty or underutilized lots in the neighborhood:  The Jack and the Al.
The Jack

“because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Front facade of the Jack
The Jack is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath residence with a writing studiio.  The garage is
at the front for rapid access to the road.  The free plan spaces of the house are clustered
around a courtyard, celebrating the midcentury freedom of thought and a unity of social,
family, and personal space.
The Al
“To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard.
Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.”
― Allen Ginsberg
The Al is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath residence with a raised private deck.  The garage is in
the middle of the structure.  A public area with living, dining, and kitchen sits with
a porch on the front of the street, while the bedrooms and family rooms float
over the top, opening onto an upper court.
Front Facade of the Al
The upper deck is completely private.
Coming soon:  The Bill

Chemuyil, Quintana Roo

Hotel Entry Courtyard

This 130-hectare site on the Mexican Riviera encompasses two natural lagoons and a cenote (unique wetlands structure).  Grupo Posadas, a Mexican hotelier, will develop this site as a mixed-use resort property.

Phasing Plan – note gray areas off limits to development

The architectural design for the larger structures is a contemporary interpretation of some of the Mayan’s stone buildings, while the smaller structures interpret the Mayan vernacular.  The design and detailing are informed by a storyline that was created for the client specific to this project and the site.

The architectural team included Mohammed Attia for the larger structures and Bill Salter for the smaller structures.
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Airside F, Tampa International Airport

Airside F

The international arrivals terminal for Tampa International Airport, Airside F represented an architectural departure from the boxy, utilitarian image of the airport.  The sense of arrival created by the large, open spaces and celebration of Florida’s sunshine and natural light led Airside F to a State AIA Award in 1989.

134,000 square feet on two levels included 15 gates, concessions, and the train terminal.

Airside F Interior
Airside F Exterior, closeup

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Project Horizon

Night view of hotel lobby entry

 This expansion to the Mohegan Sun Destination Resort included a 1,000 key hotel, 130,000 square feet of retail expansion, and approximately 90,00o square feet of casino expansion.  Together with the back-of-house, parking, and related expansion areas, the design effort entailed over 1.4 million square feet of new and/or renovated space.

The client, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, stipulated that the expansion occur with no interruption in their current operations, so strategic decisions about how to insert functions into the existing facility were of key importance.

Aerial Rendering of property with proposed new tower on the right

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Hotel Tower Section