Formerly a Young & Rubicam Group executive, Quinnipiac University vice president of brand strategy and integrated communications Keith Rhodes envisioned an urban-style, loftlike space for his group. What he got was an 1850’s colonial-style house owned by the school in Hamden, Connecticut. Nevertheless, Amenta Emma Architects was able to fulfill his wish.
On the exterior, the only noticeable changes are skylights and a ramp for accessibility. Inside is a drastically different story. A total gut involved removing an 11-by-13-foot portion of the second floor to allow the insertion of not only an atrium but also a dramatically floating cube of a conference room. Beneath it, a white kitchen gleams. The project indeed shone at the IIDA New England Design Awards, where it won best in show.