Vector, the new restaurant and bar in the Sheraton Suites at the Philadelphia Airport, presented a unique design challenge: How to incorporate a forward thinking program into a decidedly dated archetype. The hotel, designed and built in the 80s, is dated, and creates a vast open space that is not conducive to the more intimate dining experience most guests desire.
The solution was to create a modern insertion into the atrium area that reduces the volume of space above diners, while remaining light and open. A wood shell structure was created, with an open slat roof that keeps the natural light filtering down to every table, while cutting down on the sheer vastness of the atrium above. A winding, amorphous bar peeks out from under this roof, but with a origami-like ceiling of its own. This seeks to accomplish the same goal as the shell structure, though with a different approach.
The result is a design that intentionally stands out, with modern, geometric forms, and dark, warm wood to contrast the tall, white space that it sits within.
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA COMPLETED: Fall 2017
*photo credits: Matt Wargo
*in collaboration with Colleen Bashaw
As part of the transformation of a tired 1960s era motel in Sag Harbor, Stokes was asked to design a new building to serve as the public face of the inn. This building houses the lobby, bar, and a restaurant on the second floor. The design of the building evokes the distinctive historic style of Sag Harbor architecture, particularly the unique triangular dormer windows, which you can see on the original motel building as well. Large porches overlook the harbor, as well as the new pool.
This house, located on a large farm alongside a river in northern New Jersey, had been abandoned for a number of years when Stoke Architecture was approached by the owners to create a home for their large family. The original house is approximately 350 years old, and had served as an inn at one time. The building had hand-hewn timber framing (from the adjacent mill on the property), and hand hewn siding on sections of the house. The house had no insulation, and was in structural disrepair, with one roof near collapse. The challenge was to create a modern residence for a family with 4 young children, while not expanding the footprint of the house, due to DEP regulations. The solution was to create a large open kitchen from a number of smaller rooms as the heart of the house, and preserving the formal dining room and living room. All original siding was removed, new sheathing installed, and the original siding reinstalled. Original wood windows were removed, restored, and reinstalled. The roof of the kitchen/master bedroom wing was rebuilt and raised. Stokes Architecture worked with the interior designer, Colleen Bashaw, to create custom interior millwork, new finishes such as reclaimed wood flooring, giving each room an individual character. Outbuildings, such as the historic mill, and a caretakers cottage, were restored and put to new uses.
LOCATION: Bedminster, NJ COMPLETED: Summer 2012
Ibis Condominium is the final phase of construction at Seapointe Village, a planned vacation community on the ocean featuring 500 units, 3 pools and a private beach. Ibis contains 22 residential units, underground parking, a central sales office serving the entire community, and an indoor/outdoor pool. The building wraps around a pool courtyard on two sides, and the third side contains two cottages overlooking the pool. There are 6 terrace units on the main floor, which have large private outdoor terraces. The upper floors contain 14 unique veranda units, which are each three floors, including bedrooms on the lower floor, living spaces on the main floor, and a light filled loft on the top floor. The pool, contained within the center courtyard, is the central focus of the project. Most of the pool is sheltered indoors, with a portion extending to the lagoon outside. The indoor pool contains a spa, and a central waterwall.
LOCATION: Wildwood Crest, NJ COMPLETED: Spring 2007
*in collaboration with Shawn Hausman Design and SOSH Architects
The Chelsea, a 350 room hotel overlooking the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, is one of the first non-gaming hotels in the city. The hotel was created by renovating and joining two existing hotels – a Holiday Inn, and a Howard Johnsons. Stokes Architecture was involved in the design of the numerous public spaces.
There are two restaurants, managed by Starr Restaurant Organization – Chelsea Prime (a steakhouse) and Teplitskys Coffee Shop. Also included are two swimming pools, a large spa and wellness center, a ballroom, and 3 bars and lounges on the Fifth Floor. Chelsea Prime evokes the feel of a 1940’s era supper club. Teplitskys, named after the original hotel at the site, was inspired by 1960’s California coffee shops, and has a garden room opening out onto a saltwater pool.
The design of the Starlux Hotel, located in the New Jersey shore resort town of Wildwood, is influenced by the style of 1950s vintage commercial modern motels, known locally as Doo Wop. A new lobby and swimming pool were added to an existing 50s motel building, which was renovated to accommodate 20 rooms and suites. The distinctive Astro Lounge features custom stencil patterns, mid-century modern furniture, and a circular fireplace.
Phase two added a new wing, and a fourth floor to the existing building. It includes an additional 20 rooms, all of which are suites, and which feature custom furnishings and lively modernist stencil patterns.
LOCATION: Wildwood, Nj COMPLETED: Spring 2004
Way Family House
This 1920’s vintage home has been in the Way Family for most of its history. Our client, John Way, had inherited it from his parents, and asked Stokes Architecture to remake the house for a modern lifestyle. The house had never been substantially renovated, and still had a small kitchen for service staff, and vintage mechanical systems. The challenge was to create a new open kitchen, master bedroom suite, and add air-conditioning and other modern infrastructure, while restoring the original interior and exterior. The solution was to rebuild a porch on the side of the house into a family room, and add a matching addition to create an informal eat-in kitchen. A master bedroom was created out of two small bedrooms.
For this bayfront cottage in Cape May, an existing 2 story cottage damaged by Hurricane Sandy was demolished and rebuilt with and additional story. The original building, a historic fishermen’s shack, faces the inlet and the famous Cape May Lobster House. The façade of the new building respects its predecessor, recreating the previous façade and roof for the first 2 floors. The 3rd story, an attic space, is set back with a similar roof line, and a row of dormer windows to create head room. The interior, painted entirely in a stark white, includes a number of modern and custom built amenities, such as a floating stair, a modern kitchen, and master bathroom with custom soaking tub, while maintaining a beach house aesthetic.