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Apicella + Bunton Architects celebrates 15 years!

In honor of this milestone, we thought it would be fun to share our tradition of office baking — a creation for each year since 2004. At 15 years old, we continue to challenge expectations, take risks, reach for more, and grow to be better with every project. We nurture curiosity and exploration because we understand that they are the driving forces of our work and provide the creative energy to successfully service our clients.

Got cake?

Every year we look forward to Mrs. Apicella’s applesauce cake — just like every year we look forward to creating special, celebratory spaces that become favorites!

We take the cake. Victoria sponge cake.

The Great British Bake-off inspired our British-themed birthday celebration. Get inspired by visiting another of our great British collaborations with Luke Hughes at the Yale Manuscripts and Archives Renovation.

Treat yourself.

A cool refreshment for the road. Take a walk in the neighborhood to admire our local projects. Start at our office, walk up to 804 Chapel Street. Make a left and walk past Yale’s Old Campus, and then right on York Street.

There’s always time for dessert at A+B.

We believe our job is to serve clients by interpreting their vision into an elegant, inventive design solution. We might even serve them an almond cheesecake.

‘Berry’ flavorful results.

Fifteen years has taught us to be curious risk takers, pursuing work of many different flavors. Our Senior Bench for Choate Rosemary Hall is a unique design that challenges the norms of traditional bench design and donor recognition.

We put the icing on the cake.

Less is more — unless we’re talking about frosting or capturing views to the outdoors, as celebrated in our residential projects for the Hawk Mountain Home in Vermont and the Urban Home Addition in New Haven.

We’re cooking up a storm.

Perfect balance is created with a delicious combination of salty + sweet. Have a peek at our new project for the Yale Digital Humanities Lab at Sterling Memorial Library and see a tasty combination of old + new that creates a harmonious balance in a historical space.

We use only the best ingredients.

We celebrate great people. This tart was made for very special friends who visited the office. We’re grateful to our mentors, colleagues, clients, friends, and alumni over the past 15 years who have helped shape our practice.

A feast for the eyes.

We are always on the lookout for savory design opportunities like our renovation of the Sterling Hall of Medicine Library at Yale. The recipe included a 126-seat team-based classroom, 8 flexible cohort meeting spaces, information commons, and staff offices.

Some food for thought.

A layered construction of toffee, dark chocolate, and nuts makes for a scrumptious blend of sweet and savory. Check out our project for the Yale Center for Science and Social Science Information to see another successful layered creation of research, study, and classroom spaces for students.

Celebrating great design.

The completion of our entry for the Greensboro Performing Arts Center competition inspired this edible construction. Perhaps we should have brought this to the interview?

Sharing recipes.

With careful planning, two different organizations can complement one another in the same place, just like our work at 344 Winchester for Beinecke Library and Yale Preservation.

We like having our cake and eating it too.

Cupcakes topped with pearls, or polishing an architectural diamond in the rough? All in a day’s work at A+B. Our transformation of the Vernon B. Twitchell house into the new home for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music makes us want to sing!

Recipes for success.

A classic that never goes out of style. Sometimes the simplest approach is best. One of our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes can be found here!

We have the secret sauce.

At A+B, everyone contributes to design, making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Bon Appetit!

We look forward to sharing more with you in 2020!

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