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SEA Studio Wins Three 2022 AIA Delaware Awards for Excellence in Design

Bethany Beach, Delaware – January 27th, 2023 – SEA Studio Architects has been recognized with three awards for design excellence including two awards with Honor by the Delaware American Institute of Architects at their bi-annual awards program held on January 19th, 2023, in Middletown, Delaware. SEA Studio’s Pilot Point Renovation in Lewes, 110 4th Street in Bethany Beach, and The Restroom Pavilion at the Delaware Botanic Garden in Dagsboro, Delaware, were recognized by the jury for superior design achievements.

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 at the Middletown Memorial Hall in Middletown, Delaware. The architects and staff of SEA Studio attended the ceremony and accepted the awards alongside their clients and the builders of the projects.

Pilot Point is the interior renovation of an existing two-story town home in a neighborhood on the shore of the Delaware Bay in Lewes, Delaware. Our client, a bachelor with grandchildren, 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.

110 4th Street is a newly constructed beach home located a few houses off the Atlantic Ocean in the Town of Bethany Beach, Delaware. 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 which is highest award.

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 their recently completed restroom facilities. Situated gently at the threshold between the Meadow Garden and the Woodlands, 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. Undoubtedly, the bathrooms at the DBG are truly part of the unique garden experience. SEA’s project team included Scott Edmonston, AIA, Erich Pfeffer and Jenifer Edmonston. The landscape design and installation was done by the staff of the DBG and construction was done by WN Builders.

SEA Studio has offices in Millville, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is committed to designing beautiful, comfortable, sustainable homes and buildings throughout the mid-Atlantic region.


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