Côme Ménage is a French multidisciplinary architect based between New York, Miami and Paris. He founded his own practice, re-a.d, in 2017, championing projects that foster an intentional relationship between the individual and the built environment, exploring architecture as a medium for ideation and communion, facilitating growth and community. The work of the firm presents a globalized perspective to the portfolio of commercial, residential and hospitality projects, rooted in environmental stewardship and committed to accessibility.
Practicing out of New York City, Ménage found many opportunities to renovate existing structures instead of building anew. As a contemporary practice, re-a.d is constantly evaluating their positioning in relation to past layers of interventions encountered in older buildings. The attempt to appropriately intervene within existing contexts can be seen on historical projects such as the renovation of a historical carriage house in the West Village as well as the renovation of a Greenpoint laundromat turned fine dining restaurant.
Recognizing this work, Ménage was invited as a board member of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation. This can also be seen through larger projects such as the renovation of a façade proposed on a 500,000 sq.ft. building at 63 Madison Avenue. This project earned the firm runner-up placement in the Metals in Construction Challenge 2020 organized by the Ornamental Steel Institute of New York.
Ménage’s many interests bring richness to the projects at re-a.d. As a Certified Passive House Designer, Ménage brings sustainable thinking to the core of each design and has recently completed a project using a rainwater harvesting structure.
This week at EntreArchitect Podcast, Overcoming Obstacles To Grow an Architecture Firm in New York City with Côme Ménage.
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