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Côme Ménage



Côme Ménage , AIA, NCARB, CPHD Côme is a licensed architect in the states of NY, NJ and in Europe. He started his own practice, Re-a.d, in 2017, that operates from the historical district of Dumbo. Practicing out of New York City, there are many opportunities to renovate instead of building anew. As a contemporary practice, that means a constant evaluation of the positioning to take in relation to past layers of interventions encountered in older buildings and how they influence our work. The attempt to appropriately intervene within existing contexts can be seen on historical projects such as a renovation of a historical carriage house in NY West Village, a store behind a historical storefront in TriBeCa, designs for which Côme has been invited as a board member of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation. It can also be seen through larger projects, such as the renovation of the façade proposed on 500,000 sq.ft. building 63 Madison Avenue, a project that earn the office the runner-up price in the Metals in Construction Challenge 2020 organized by the Ornamental Steel Institute of New York or the façade of 50,000 sq.ft. Millo condominium in Astoria.

In 2020, Côme’s many interests bring richness to the projects at Re-a.d. As a Certified Passive House Designer, he brings sustainable thinking at the core of each design. He also explores custom fabrication techniques such as those exemplified by the winning prize I the category “Made in the Boroughs” at the NYCxdesign Award 2020 for the sculptural entry ‘Surfbench.’