Client Jack Morey conceived the art box colony, on the Adventure Pier at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood New Jersey, as a place to cultivate creative endeavors for regional artists. For this project, Stokes Architecture was asked to develop a composition of 20’ and 40’ shipping containers that would create unique spaces, including a sushi restaurant/café and outpost of Exit Zero (Cape May’s Cultural Magazine). The Art Box sells curated gifts and artwork and stands as a bold statement about the more “extreme” nature of the Adventure Pier, in comparison to the more family-friendly Surfside and Mariner’s Piers.
Boyds is a Philadelphia institution – a multigeneraltional family business that has clothed generations of Philadelphians. The store is housed in a landmark historic building, which was originally a high end funeral home. The original renovation was done in 1990, and had become tired and dated, with millwork obscuring much of the historic detail of the space. The owners of the store approached Stokes Architecture with the intention of redesigning the second floor mens suit department with a more upscale and timeless-modern look. Stokes Architecture collaborated with the designer Shawn Hausman, and the retail specialists Pomegranate Design, on the new design – opening up the sightlines in the space, and revealing the historic detail. Custom millwork was designed using a variety of distinctive materials. The resulting space has a comfortable, lived-in vibe, feeling both classic and fresh, with a mix of decorative elements that spans every decade of Boyds history from the 1930’s to the present.
The Galvanic Store is an 1100 square foot retail store on the Washington Street Mall in Cape May, NJ. The existing building (a historical Victorian house which formerly housed a gifts and tchotchke shop) was completely gutted to accommodate the new design (which included a new mezzanine office space). In accordance with the client’s desire for a “rough, industrial” aesthetic, a new concrete floor was poured and polished, and the walls were lined with reclaimed wood. In contrast, Stokes Architecture designed a number of sleek, modern display units that reflect the hip, street-art culture that the store represents.