C&H Wins AIA Honor Award for Design Excellence

Rocky Hill Cohousing Community in North Hampton, MA.

On December 4, 2008, Coldham & Hartman received the Honor Award for design excellence from WMAIA for their work on the Rocky Hill Cohousing Community in Northampton, MA.

Jury Comments: “This is a very successful project. It has a wonderful, strong sense of community. The way the collection of buildings steps up the site creates a very human scale. The interiors of the common areas relate well to the scale and the quality of the exterior. Wooden ceiling element reduces the scale and defines the dining area.  A modest design approach that is appropriate. It has everything that people want out of a place to live – neighborly, community, sense of scale and living sustainably.  The use of color and texture is great – there is a lot of individuality/unique identity. It has a very organic feel. It appears to have grown over the years. Proportions and lines are lovely. A whole lot of work that went into making it look like a whole lot of work didn’t go into the composition.  Plans are wonderful –  rational and well thought out.  Well presented and good presentation. The photos are great.”

Jurors: Michael J. Crosbie PhD, AIA, Chairman, Department of Architecture, University of Hartford; Kathleen A. Dorgan, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Dorgan Architecture & Planning in Storrs CT;  Leslie J. Thomas AIA, Principal, Thomas Bracy Architects in Concord NH.