SEA Studio awarded for design excellence

February 16, 2023

SEA Studio Architects was recently recognized with three awards for design excellence, including two with honor, from the American Institute of Architects Delaware.

SEA Studio projects recognized by the jury for superior design achievements are Pilot Point Renovation in Lewes, 110 4th St. in Bethany Beach, and the Restroom Pavilion at Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro.

This celebration of architecture recognizes commercial, residential and historic preservation work completed throughout Delaware or by Delaware architects. Submitted projects were judged by a panel of architects from the AIA Chesapeake Bay chapter, and winners were announced during a ceremony held in Middletown. The architects and staff of SEA Studio attended the ceremony and accepted the awards alongside their clients and the project builders.

Pilot Point is the interior renovation of an existing two-story town home in a neighborhood on the Delaware Bay shore in Lewes. A bachelor with grandchildren, the client wanted to transform the existing spaces into a mindfulness retreat inspired by the architecture of Japan, where he could escape from his primary residence in Manhattan to focus on his writing. Scott Edmonston, AIA, and MaryKate Leitch of SEA Studio provided the architecture and interior design on the renovation. Construction was done by the Camensich Company.

A newly constructed beach home, 110 4th St. is located a few houses off the Atlantic Ocean in Bethany Beach. The site is on a narrow lot that has distant views of the ocean to the northeast and alley access to the south. The plan is organized around a core of vertical circulation which leads the user to large, open and vaulted living spaces on the top floor while these spaces capture the view and sensory connections to the ocean and site. SEA’s project team included Scott Edmonston, AIA, and Jonathon Selway, AIA. Landscape architecture was provided by Topio Landscape Architecture, and the home was built by Dewson Construction. The jury bestowed the project with an Honor Award, the highest honor.

Delaware Botanic Garden - Restroom Pavilion was also recognized with an Honor Award as well as a Sustainable Design Citation for its environmentally sensitive design. With a focus on native plants, community involvement and environmental stewardship, the DBG team has established an environment that offers an innovative take on the botanical garden experience. These principles now extend to the recently completed restroom facilities. The building combines contemporary forms and a thoughtful material palette in a structure that both enhances the landscape and serves its function as a fully accessible restroom. SEA’s project team included Scott Edmonston, AIA, Erich Pfeffer and Jenifer Edmonston. The landscape design and installation work were done by DBG staff, and construction was done by WN Builders. 

Committed to designing beautiful, comfortable, sustainable homes and buildings throughout the mid-Atlantic region, SEA Studio Architects has offices in Millville and in Philadelphia.


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