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Inspiring history in Whitinsville

One of WOLA’s core values is that we draw from and honor the character and history of a site. It makes sense that we’ve chosen to practice in New England, with its stately brick & limestone buildings, beautiful heritage trees, and rambling fieldstone walls. We have recently begun a new collaboration with Kuhn Riddle Architects, providing land planning services as we work with a Community Center to improve ADA access and create new opportunities for play and outdoor learning as they expand their award-winning community childcare programming.

On a recent site visit, WOLA took some time to explore the site and look closely at the historic details of the Center, filing away these touches as inspiration for future design work. New doesn’t have to be contemporary: we work with a broad range of clients, each with a distinct set of priorities and goals. A style which one client loves may not be appropriate for another, which is why our design work is customized to each client and each site. Part of the challenge, and what makes this field so rewarding for us, is arriving at a design solution which marries the style preferences, priorities, and character of each of our unique clients and their sites into a place which, at the end of the project, feels just right.

A modern farmhouse dream

WOLA is excited to collaborate with our client and Kuhn Riddle Architects on this new custom home in Amherst, MA. The arrival court is framed by a board-formed concrete garage level, topped with a green roof to minimize its visual impact. With over 40 acres of land, WOLA is working to design opportunities for everyone in the family, from nature-inspired play areas for the children to character-filled pathways connecting the two all-season studio buildings to the main home.

We can’t wait to see this project when it’s finished, and in the meantime, these 3D renderings help our client to visualize the potential of their property.

Courtyard renovation in Park Slope

With three children under the age of 10, these clients realized the existing formal courtyard of their new home wasn’t meeting their needs. WOLA has proposed a design featuring softer surfaces and separate spaces to provide amenity for family and friends, both large and small!

A softer materials palette includes stabilized decomposed granite seating areas with built-in wooden benches, while a simplified raised platform with railing and swing gives the kids a clubhouse for imaginative play. WOLA had a great time presenting our design ideas to some of our smallest and most enthusiastic clients, and look forward to the fall construction!

Teamwork in action: Work in progress with Kuhn Riddle Architects

WOLA is excited to team up with Kuhn Riddle Architects, undertaking a suitability assessment for this local non-profit community childcare program. With a school bus turnaround, parking space requirements, desired programming adjacencies, and wetland buffers, we got together for a charette to problem solve. Scaled baseplans and collage parking space and play space unit pieces allowed us to work quickly in a group and develop a creative, practical solution to present to the client for their consideration.