Buffalo RiverWorks Entertainment Complex

Buffalo RiverWorks Entertainment Complex

Abstract Architecture provided design and construction administration services from the inception of this exciting and transformative Buffalo River front project. We proudly accepted a 2016 AIA Buffalo/WNY design award for this project. The project took a soon to be vacated and abandoned industrial site on the Buffalo River and transformed it into a bustling year round entertainment complex.

With road and river dock access, two covered hockey rinks, a professional roller derby team, Buffalo’s own Queen City Roller Girls of the WNY all-women roller derby league and a soon to open brewery housed in a grain elevator, Buffalo RiverWorks has become the “place to be” on the Buffalo River.

As much of the two existing structures as possible was saved, with the main entertainment space, and new back of house facilities (locker rooms, kitchen and delivery) housed in new infill construction that connected the separate buildings into one 60,000 square foot complex.

The main floor can be quickly transformed from accommodating 2,500 people watching roller derby to upward of 5,000 people in concert format, all the time also being able to function as a full service restaurant. A mix of large and smaller semi-private, indoor and outdoor areas are intended for multiple events to be held at the same time.

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2016 Buffalo/WNY AIA Local Firm/Local Project Award winner.

School Street House 1

School Street House 1

The first of several proposed new builds on the City’s west side to be completed, this single family home is designed to be distinctive and to make a statement. While its not for the timid of nature, it is for those who what to be part of a vibrate and exciting neighborhood.

An open-plan living space & kitchen on the first-floor is partnered with an exterior rear patio, which is intended to function as an extension of the interior spaces. The upper floor has two well illuminated bedrooms, each with its own full bathroom.

Numerous large windows throughout the house provide plentiful amounts of natural light into all the spaces, creating a welcoming and spacious interior environment.

Photo: Angelo Deluisio Photography

Larkinville Live/Work

Larkinville Live/Work

When you have a pair of “cool customers” with an open mind and start with the shell of a historic brick building in the ever expanding Larkin District, you know the results are going to be awesome.

With the “work” portion of the program dominating the first-floor, each space was designed to meet the specific demands of each specific business operation, with a shared office being the primary divider and connection between the front and rear spaces.

The second-floor “live” portion of the program is a beautiful single-bedroom program with a spacious open-plan living/kitchen space. The residential portion of the renovation is flooded with loads of natural light and comes complete with amazing views out over a quickly changing streetscape.

Photo: Sara Schmidle Photography

Rose Garden Residence

Rose Garden Residence

Originally Built for Charles Rand Penney, the new owners of this Buffalo New York residence undertook a complete renovation to make the house their own. The work included revising the dated design, addressing poor circulation within the residence and providing improved access to the ample property.

Both first and second floors underwent extensive renovations to improve livability and handle the day to day grind of family life. The final design provides separate private areas for individual family members while still maintaining open and easy to use spaces where the family can come together.

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Larkinville Carriage House

Larkinville Carriage House

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

From the same awesomely cool clients who brought you the amazing Larkinvile Live/Work project, this is a contemporary take on the traditional Buffalo carriage house that can be found throughout our cities neighborhoods. With the primary access from an existing alleyway, it provides a rear buffer for a property that is amidst a larger open landscape intended for future development.

With off-street parking spaces for two vehicles, the garage space can also be utilized as an extension of the work spaces found in the adjacent residence. The studio style living space upstairs provides additional space that was purposely sacrificed in the primary residence. With a spacious deck, lots of natural light and design features intended to maximize the use of the limited floor area, its the coolest second bedroom in Buffalo.

Allentown Cottage

Allentown Cottage

Working closely with the Client and then the contractor, Abstract Architecture provided design services for the interior renovation to this beautiful Allentown cottage. The project objective was to unify the house, closer to its original form, removing the remnants of previous renovations and the past conversion to a two-apartment occupancy.

The removal of two small rooms and a loft from the rear section of the house allowed for the undersized kitchen to be expanded, allowing adequate space for the addition of a dinning area. The removal of these barrier spaces also permits direct access to the rear deck and beautiful city rear yard. The glazed opening also provides abundant natural light.

Minor changes were made to the living area, focusing of comfort and ensuring natural light and an under-stair ½ bath was relocated and reconfigured to provide a compact full bathroom, ideal for overnight guests and visiting family.

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Elmwood Village Kitchen

Elmwood Village Kitchen

This city living couple needed a little more space to make their existing compact kitchen all that much more functional. With the additional desire to improve access to a beautiful backyard, a small addition to the rear of the house, the careful redesign of the room and lots of hidden storage, this makeover created a truly usable center for daily life.

Be warned, one always has to be careful of the Wiener Dog, he’s more guard dog that you think!

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City House Two

City House Two

AVAILABLE (for now)

For a while now our desire has been to create our own houses, ideal for one of Buffalo’s many narrow vacant lots. House Two is the one that has been developed the furthest to date and while we are determined to build her ourselves, in reality, all she needs a loving owner with a vacant lot to become a realty sooner rather than later.

With little space to wasted, there is a comfortably sized open plan first-floor living area and Kitchen that is intended to be augmented by exterior living spaces. The two bedrooms on the second-floor overlook the living space below and share a spacious full bathroom. The interior is all about natural light and views angles.

The design is contemporary, intended to stand out from the traditional Buffalo housing stock, purposely not intended for those people looking to blend in! If you want to standout from the crown and live in stylish comfort, give us a call.

North Buffalo Kitchen

North Buffalo Kitchen

Reorganizing the majority of the first floor of an existing house shouldn’t be this much fun, but with great clients who wanted a bigger kitchen for a growing family, a seemingly endless supply of good Irish whisky and a good sense of humor, the renovation to this North Buffalo home was a most enjoyable adventure.

When all the dust settled, we had relocated the kitchen, making it a more integral component of the family living space, with direct access to the back yard and turned the old, crapped kitchen into a mudroom complete with a home office/kids homework nook.

The best part, who says you shouldn’t be able to sit at your kitchen island and watch the 7pm Freight rattle past on the rail tracks that the property backs on to, not this guy!

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Highland Ave Master Suite

Highland Ave Master Suite

Nothing is a better use of a dirty, unfinished attic in an old Elmwood Village residence than a beautiful new bedroom suite. The tall roof lines of the turn of the century home naturally provided more than adequate head-height, and the ease of providing natural lighting helped create a comfortable & private sanctuary in a long underutilized space.

The second-floor apartment saw numerous changes to improve the livability of the space, primarily eliminating the chopped-up nature of your typical village double. The open plan kitchen flows easily into the dining area and large living area, with the new stair in the front entry area up to the attic poking out just enough to gain the attention of visitors and let you know that there is something interesting happening further up.

With a comfortably sized bathroom and His & Hers walk-in closets, there is still plenty of space extra to escape to upstairs, even if your desire is to only read a good book. We turned the house over to the homeowner who used her natural talents to decorate the apartment perfectly!

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Ted's Jumbo Red Hot's

Ted's Jumbo Red Hot's

Ted’s Red Hot’s approached us with the request to assist them with the relocation of their corporate headquarters from a small suburban space that had far out lived its functional usefulness, to an amazing new location overlooking the Buffalo River.

A long and narrow space, the client had a detailed list of requirements for this tenant build-out. In addition to the space needing to meet the client’s functional requirements, it was apparent that making the most of the great views and getting natural light to all areas of the office, were going to be critical design considerations.

By utilizing a glazing wall system in lieu of typical stick framing for the offices corridor walls, we were able to create a feeling of openness and allowed interior team working spaces to receive abundant natural light. The system also meet all the acoustical separation requirements for the offices should the need for privacy arise.

The office conference room is the definition of multi-functional, with all the typical meeting requirements provided covered, it is also utilized for staff and new hire training. This means that there is also a full reproduction of a Ted’s serving kitchen, obviously it makes for a great office lunch meeting!

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Falley Allen

Falley Allen

Its a restaurant, the food and atmosphere is really what is important! I think we succeeded in creating a fun and attractive environment in which to enjoy a good meal or simply stop by for drink.

The interior design while attractive and vibrant, is intended to pay homage to Buffalo’s blue collar heritage. The material selections, finishes and fixtures are all intended to send a message of strength and resilience, while creating an atmosphere of tasteful relaxation, the ideal environment for a great night out.

If there is a black Great Dane sitting outside, he likes a good old fashion steak, medium rare….

Photo: Sara Schmidle Photography

O'Connell's Clothing

O'Connell's Clothing

In a previous architectural life I was responsible the three-story storefront facade that the New York Times Style Magazine once called “brutal and belied the beauty of the clothing inside”, so why not also take responsibility for converting the adjacent alleyway into a two-story addition for Buffalo’s finest purveyor of men’s and ladies clothing.

Primarily intended for on-site storage to accommodate the ever expanding online portion of O’Connell’s business, it also allowed for the addition of two more window displays to strengthen the stores street presence on this busy block of North Buffalo adjacent to University at Buffalo’s South Campus.

We hope to one day convince them of the true value of a roof patio……

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Evoke Salon

Evoke Salon

We partnered with the new owner to transform this recently vacated Elmwood Avenue retail space into Evoke Salon. The desire was simple, create a clean, bright space that would provide an enjoyable, relaxing salon experience, I think we succeeded!

The layout of the existing space, divided into two distinctively separate spaces with a level change, wasn’t ideal for a simple open salon space and therefore was the initial design challenge. Utilization of the space was further complicated by the deep and narrow nature of the space. But at least it had great ceiling height!

Utilizing the former partially submerged storeroom area for secondary activities such as the hair wash and dying stations, allowed us to maintain as much open space in the storefront as possible, ensuring it remained uncluttered and easy to maneuver through. By limiting the main body of the salon to just three chairs and built in workstations, it ensured that the space felt larger than it really is. We removed the door to a disused entrance from the rear of main salon space and replaced it with a fixed glazing unit, providing an additional source for natural light to flood the salon.

Photo: Sara Schmidle Photography

Architects Office

Architects Office

It would have been embarrassing if we had not been retained to design our own office, but we were so onward and upward! We chose a bold color and material pallet to create a fun yet comfortable work environment. It’s not a large space, but with a sizable storefront entry, complete with a custom metal stair, there is a lot of natural light so ensuring a warm and welcoming work space.

Feel free to stop by and check it out, you never know, one of the office puppies may be napping in the corner.

Photo: Kim Smith Photo

313 Broadway

313 Broadway

Designed by George Metzger and built in 1892 for Charles J Heinold as a wholesale grocery store & liquor house, 313 Broadway is currently a construction site that will soon be the new home for Abstract Architecture PC. While work on the conversion from its previous use as a hardware store slowly makes progress, this beautiful 3 story building will eventually be a mix of commercial office space and a private residence.

By locating our offices at 313 Broadway, Abstract Architecture PC is not only within walking distance of the heart of our great city, it places the firm at the center of development on Buffalo's resurgent east side. It also reinforces our belief that the City has reached that magic tipping point ushering in a period of unheralded rebirth!

We will keep you updated as work continues and the date for a grand opening party is announced.

Photo: Kim Smith Photo

Container Home 1

Container Home 1

STARTING CONSTRUCTION 2019

If you are going to live in 640 square feet it had better be cool and that is exactly what this new build will be. The main residence will be elevated over the garage/workshop so to provide better views of the Niagara River and Canada.

The open plan living area and kitchen face the street, completed with a sizable front deck, with the more private bedroom and bathroom spaces in the rear.

The new residence will fill an existing void on this central Riverside street by building on a vacant lot purchased from the City. Utilizing shipping containers as a basis, look for construction to start soon. As always, we’ll keep you updated as it progresses.

Ellicottville Stone House

Ellicottville Stone House

This new residence, located in the outskirts of Ellicottville NY, is being built by its owners literally one stone at a time. Now fully enclosed, yes we have to update our photo, the owners are now racing towards completion, currently focusing on the interior details, wood trims and decorative finishes.

The kitchen and Living Room dominant an intentionally open first floor plan, a centrally located, oversized stone fireplace with a heavy wood mantel and an single steep elevation change, are the only barrier elements needed to define the different spaces. Refinished and re-glazed patio doors provide both views of the thick natural foliage of the gully outside, and plentiful natural illumination. A large wine cellar and a naturally cooled food locker dominate the basement, an exterior entry also functions as a stone retaining wall that provides a protective barrier to the home that is located on a steep sloping site.

Perfectly sized second floor bedrooms are about cozy comfort over excess size. The Attic can eventually be developed into a master suite if or when desired. A Single bathroom not only has all the typical amenities, but also amazing views on the snow capped valley beyond.

East Aurora Home

East Aurora Home

Abstract Architecture has competed the design work for two additions to this residence in East Aurora, the first a semi-formal dining room, the latest an expansion of a small living room adjacent to the main foyer. The desire of the home owners was to take a space that was essentially unusable due to its lack of size and make it a functioning element of the home.

The enlarged room was always intended to provide space for an ever expanding collection of art pieces, but with the inclusion of a spiral staircase it also became the access point to a lofted space overlooking the foyer. The loft was an ideal location for a study/homework space for the younger members of the family. The addition also help define the exterior main entry, where a covered walkway helps create a more interesting and enjoyable approach to the front door.

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Snyder Home

Snyder Home

This interior residential renovation combined a group of undersized, gloomy rooms (with lots of dark wood paneling and trim) into a spacious family oriented kitchen, complete with a sizable gathering space filled with natural light, ideal for homework!

Not only were the floor-plan and finishes reworked and several structural issues with the original residence resolved, an additional bedroom suite was added above the existing attached garage. With work spearheaded by the homeowners, this renovation helped infuse new life into an already beautiful family home.

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North Buffalo Kitchen

North Buffalo Kitchen

Abstract Architecture worked with the homeowner to redesign the exiting kitchen to resolve numerous program and environmental issues. Working within the confines of the existing kitchens foot print, we ensured that not only was the work area made more conducive for cooking and prep, providing a much desired island, but also increasing the amount of storage and providing a compact ½ bath.

The abundant north light from the large areas of single pane glazing was critical for the owner to be maintained, as was the smooth flow from the kitchen into the traditional dinning room. New structural members and over-sized windows ensured that the natural illumination was kept. The addition of the rear deck and direct access from the kitchen makes the space much more accessible and creates a focal transition space for the residence. The completed renovation enabled the homeowners to enjoy a more comfortable indoor/outdoor life style.

Additional minor renovations including improved lighting and new hard wood flooring were also undertaken in areas of the first floor.

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Orchard Park Kitchen

Orchard Park Kitchen

A desire for a kitchen ideal for those large food-centric family holidays lead this Orchard Park couple to the not only eliminate a little used formal dining room, but also add a ten foot deep addition across the rear of the residence. Structural elements for the existing second floor were located so to define three distinctive spaces, cooking eating and relaxing.

With plenty of wall storage and a massive island, the cooking area is laid out to be open to the entire space, allowing the cook to work while remaining a central figure in the party. The middle area provides access to the rear deck and is home to an oversized dining room table that gets used equally for meals and homework. A work nook for the home office backs on to a lowered informal seating area complete with a fireplace that ensures the entire family has a space to retreat to and yet remain connected.

And like any good house, it is home to a Great Dane!

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Leroy Firehouse

Leroy Firehouse

Fire House Engine No.24 Hook & Ladder No.7 was originally built in 1894, and it served the City of Buffalo for 113 years before being closed in 2004. While showing its age and suffering from neglect from lack of use, it was obvious from first impressions that the building had the heart and soul to be a simply amazing renovation.

Abstract Architecture PC worked with the current owner on the complete renovation of the 10,000 sf building for its conversion from a City storage site to a mix of rental apartments and a private residence. We had to be mindful of the original E.B Green designed architecture and detailing, preserving what was possible yet still ensuring the renovated building met current codes and living standards.

Careful attention to detail was required to ensure that original casework and finishes could be saved, repaired where possible, and re-purposed as functional elements in the new spaces where needed.

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Salt Cuisine

Salt Cuisine

Located on Kensington Ave in Snyder, Salt Cuisine was a small footprint commercial storefront build-out that resulted in a dynamic space intended to meet the needs of contemporary food retail.

The front of house customer space blends seamlessly with the kitchen, the prep space hidden only by a single wall, allowing the shopper to see all aspects of the culinary preparations.Guests stop in to pick up fabulous snacks, specialty prepared foods to take home for the family, or stay for a private dinner.

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Of The Sea

Of The Sea

Abstract Architecture partnered with Wrafterbuilt Furniture and Emerson James, Inc. for this hip, slightly off-keel office space located in the historic Genesee Gateway complex. The design team had the most enjoyable time working with a client who not only had a very particular company image to present, but wanted to do so in a fun and exciting way.

Maintaining a largely open plan entry and work area was critical and allowed for the best utilization of a tight space. Despite the limited square footage available for this tenant build-out, there are still dedicated areas for video production, coffee and group meetings.

The most heavily utilized work areas are located towards the street front of the suite so that natural light fills them, with custom light fixtures intended to add a sense of drama to particular rooms. The color palette was intentionally left neutral so that the natural materials of the furnishings would be emphasized.

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Animal Outfitters @ 500 Seneca

Animal Outfitters @ 500 Seneca

Abstract Architecture PC worked with the team at Animal Outfitters on their second store, this time also providing doggy daycare services. The space is laid out so to maximize the use of a smallish sized tenant space and to optimize access from both the street frontage and an inner courtyard.

The ability to optimize natural light throughout the kennel area via the large glazed openings on both sides of the space and the flexibility to change the layout of play pens allows for quick reorganization of the space in response to daily population variations, make the space feel much larger than it really is. Smaller, separated spaces, also with sizable internal glazing, were created for entry & sales, K-9 bathing & grooming facilities and an office.

Located in the resurgent Hydraulics District at the newly renovated Five Hundred Seneca, the finish palette was selected from materials reflective of the existing historic building. Exposed concrete (floors & counter-tops), metal (supports, wall panels & movable barricades) and exposed wood (paneling & shelving) are utilized not only for their beauty, but also their inherent resilience under the most difficult of conditions.

A steady flow of visitors, both 2 & 4 legged, make this a fun stop for anybody with a love of man's best friend.

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