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RESPACE: Inside-Out Porch Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting

  • Hope House 334 North Allen Road Wake Forest, NC, 27587 United States (map)

July 16 | 11am to 1pm | Hope House, 334 N Allen Road Wake Forest, NC


In 2014 the international RESPACE Design Competition, based out of AIA Triangle's YAF program, launchedRESPACE: Porch in an effort to promote the sustainable practice of designing with reuse materials. The group put out a call for community pavilion designs that would draw from vernacular architecture, particularly the southern front porch, and create an outdoor staging area for the many neighborhood outreach programs of Hope House.  Entries poured in from over 20 countries and 5 continents. 

A team from Szostak Design took the grand prize.  Chad Butterworth, Michael Mills, Jose Noya, Nilam Patel, Carrie Strayhorn and John Whitaker developed a pavilion which captured the Jury's attention. The winning pavilion and competition were highlighted at Habitat for Humanity's National Conference on Community. The
RESPACE team facilitated a partnership between AIA Triangle and Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to see through construction of the gathering space. The pavilion was built from almost 100% reuse materials by local volunteers.

“We will use this space to help our community…to provide a comfortable outdoor space for our seniors to sit and be a part our annual events…a place for seating and a screen for outdoor movies…storage for our clothing giveaway, we get clothes year round and are forced to donate them to other charities because we don't enough room to store them… to expand our participation in the Read and Feed program that provides books, food, and tutors to children who need them...” - Norma J. Bennekin, Hope House Community Projects Assistant

Thank you to those from RESPACE, YAF & the Leadership Forum who helped make this possible.

Be on the lookout for another RESPACE Design Competition. Full details on this and the previous competition can be found at respace.org.

RESPACE Steering Committee: Joel Lubell, AIAS, Rebecca Morris, Assoc. AIA; Matthew Szymanski, AIA; & Paul Lipchak, AIA