When AT&T was ready to expand its cell phone store in Times Square, it called on Richard M. Cole & Associates to transform a small, ground-floor space into a smart, new flagship for New York City and the largest AT&T retail location in the country.
When Penn Jersey Paper, a well-established paper goods distributor in the throes of rapid diversification, decided to build all new facilities, including an office building and warehouse, it turned to Richard M. Cole & Associates. The program for the warehouse was specific: it had to be designed for future expansion, it had to be energy efficient and it had to meet the company’s changing storage, distribution and technology needs. RMC&A designed a modern, highly efficient, 50,000-square-foot warehouse.
With a 12,000-square-foot main office designed by Richard M. Cole & Associates, the law firm of Horn, Kaplan, Goldberg, Gorny & Daniels turned once again to RMC&A when it needed an additional 10,000 square feet to accomodate 20 lawyers, paralegals and supporting staff.
When the changing needs of Richard M. Cole’s own family prompted a move, the architect became his own client, transforming an outdated townhouse into a spectacular and highly functional new home. Cole selectively gutted undesirable features and added new ones including a 400-square-foot, ground-floor, living-room extension with its own green roof.
The commission for a 12,000-square-foot home on five acres carried a seemingly contradictory program: create, space for lavish entertaining yet ensure a sense of intimacy for the owners when they were home alone. Richard M. Cole & Associates’ solution was a versatile first-floor plan that allows rooms to be closed off when not in use or opened to one another to create grand spaces for entertaining.