Shelter Design Architecture Adds a Wellness Annex to Troutbeck Hotel in Amenia, New York

The volumes, one for fitness, the other a spa, are roofed in standing-seam aluminum and clad in larch reclaimed from a dismantled 1950s Hudson River bridge. Photography by Nicole Franzen.

“What drove me to start out on my own was 2016,” architect Jennifer Preston says dryly. “It marked an important internal shift for me as a woman in architecture.” She opened Shelter Design Architecture that same year and shortly after convinced Pedro Marmolejos, a former colleague at BKSK Architects, to come on as co-principal. Now a four-person team, they work remotely (and did so long before COVID-19), Marmolejos out of New York City and Preston in Vermont.

Shelter principals Pedro Marmolejos and Jennifer Preston. Photography by Nicole Franzen.

A wellness annex to Troutbeck—an Upstate New York hotel owned by Anthony Champalimaud, son of Interior Design Hall of Famer Alexandra—proved to be a project “encapsulating everything we stand for,” Preston
discloses. The bucolic site already had a wedding barn. Shelter added two similar structures—one taller, one
longer, totaling 4,800 square feet and joined by a covered breezeway—to house fitness and spa amenities. The interiors of the chapel-like volumes shift in scale and modulate in affect depending on function. Echoes

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Volunteer interior designers turn girls’ shelter from drab to dreamy for teens escaping sex trafficking



a person holding a wine glass: Designer Lisa Ball put up a new painting in a former office space, assisted by Bridget Zak. The volunteers turned institutional decor into colorful and fun spaces to welcome the girls.


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Designer Lisa Ball put up a new painting in a former office space, assisted by Bridget Zak. The volunteers turned institutional decor into colorful and fun spaces to welcome the girls.

Could big comfy pillows, colorful bedding and rugs, freshly painted walls and decorative art help protect girls from abuse and exploitation?

Maybe.

In fact, it’s the hope of the staff of Brittany’s Place, a shelter for child victims of sex trafficking. The shelter got a free makeover this month when a volunteer group of professional interior designers turned stark bedrooms and lounges into bright, cheerful, teen-friendly places where girls can enjoy hanging out — and maybe stick around a while longer.



a person holding a wine glass: Designer Lisa Ball put up a new painting in a former office space, assisted by Bridget Zak. The volunteers turned institutional decor into colorful and fun spaces to welcome the girls.


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Designer Lisa Ball put up a new painting in a former office space, assisted by Bridget Zak. The volunteers turned institutional decor into colorful and fun spaces to welcome the girls.

The girls at Brittany’s Place can move in or out as they wish. Temptations to leave, perhaps to reconnect with the very people who exploited them, can be dismayingly strong. Late one night last year, a sex trafficker stood

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11 ways to shelter your outdoor living space in style

These covered deck ideas are a fabulous way to add style and shelter to your plot. Whether you’ve just installed a shiny new deck or are looking to update your existing one, you’ll be sure to find all the inspiration you need here.



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As you may already know, decking is a wonderful way to level out a space in your garden for a relaxed seating area, plus it looks super smart too. Just take a look at our decking ideas to see for yourself. There are occasions, however, when your decking needs a boost to up the ambience and provide extra shelter.

Debs Winrow, Creative Director at Garden House Design, says how adding a cover ‘ensures that your investment in building a beautiful deck reaches its full potential. It allows you to stay outside for longer, keeps your furniture covered, and also enables you to dress areas, for example, with lighting.’

‘A deck cover gives a sense of purpose to an otherwise wide-open space,’ Debs continues. ‘It defines an area in a garden’. Debs also explains how covering a deck allows you to enjoy an indoor-outdoor living space throughout the year, enabling

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