Positioned to assist clients such as product manufacturers, ARCADIA designed a metal hardware solution, for Duratherm Windows, a division of Pella Windows. This product added a dependable product to the Duratherm's growing and modern line of wood windows.
The ModCast side latch designed by ARCADIA follows a simple geometry of two parallel rectangles: a mounting plate and finger paddle.
In addition to achieving Duratherm's goal of producing a stronger latch pawl, ARCADIA designers concealed the mounting plate fasteners and created a comfortable finger paddle with a sculpted underside node for the user to tactilely discover when engaging the latch.
ARCADIA designworks creates architecture and designs products for manufacture. Co-founders, Celeste Bard, a designer/planner, and industrial designer and licensed architect Patric Santerre, have a combined 25 years of experience, uniquely positioning ARCADIA's multi dimensional work of industrial design, community and commercial architecture development, renewable resources, consumer products and graphic design.
As a creative think tank, ARCADIA has completed dozens of projects for companies like Lowes, Maine based Thom Moser and the stunning Millinocket Pool and Bathhouse. ARCADIA can also count additional city and state institutions, nonprofit organizations, residences, and developers as trusted colleagues and clients.
ARCADIA honors a progressive, and conscientious approach to all facets of design producing a range of products from consumer goods, toys and furniture, packaging and 3D modeling. The firm’s economically and environmentally prudent practices are appropriate for both present and future generations.
ARCADIA designworks was founded by Patric Santerre, and Celeste Bard in 2003. You can learn more about ARCADIA’s portfolio by visiting:
Celeste Bard is currently focused on research and establishing a Northeast manufacturing scrap material exchange and reuse program. In parallel, she has completed work on two material reuse design projects, one for Allagash Brewery and the other, Planet Dog. Read more about Celeste, here.
Patric is expanding ARCADIA's industrial design and architecture portfolio with recently completed designs, prototypes and patent drawings for an injection molded hair stylist color mixing bowl. Additionally, he's just finished the design and construction of a new manufacturing R&D training center, and conceptual design for a 5-story apartment building. Patric is also in his 7th year of teaching industrial design at a Maine state college. Read more, here.
Often the story behind the making of a building is more meaningful than the creativity expressed by its architecture. ARCADIA's principal architect Patric Santerre was recently honored by the library's Board of Directors with the commission to redesign the building, one that he frequented regularly when growing up in Millinocket. Whether coincidence or fate, Patric's first architectural intern position in 1984 was with the architecture firm Wadsworth Boston the original architects and engineers who designed the building in 1963.
With tremendous support from the library's new director Matt DeLaney, the Friends of the Library who brought the library back to life after closing, and local community stakeholders, ARCADIA designworks is rethinking the idea of what a library is for a small rural community in the 21st Century. They are breathing new life into its spaces with a complimentary modern architecture, one that celebrates children in a room above ground, older patrons with a new memorial porch, while using locally produced building products and making great efforts in reducing the building's dependency on fossil fuels.
Anticipated construction Spring 2019
Assistance in rendered images designer Derek Smythe.
Hair Coloring Quad Bowl
ARCADIA designworks doesn't believe an architect can only design buildings and a designer can only design products. ARCADIA works successfully in both fields and continues to explore new projects which involve the micro scale of handheld products and macro scale of mass-produced, manufactured items, and multi-story buildings.
The Teele Hair Color Mixing Bowl is an example of ARCADIA designworks' industrial design capacity to transform hand sketches and product briefs into an articulate design proven through prototypes using 3D printing technology.
ARCADIA transferred the parametrically drawn bowl design into two-dimensional design patent and manufacturing drawings for submission to the USPO and G&G Products a local plastic injection molding manufacturer.
ARCADIA designworks' Millinocket Pool and Bathhouse is an excellent example of community youth-investment for a better future. Noted in 2008 by AIA judges as a "huge signpost for a small community," the project is a success for the young and old. Truly an oasis and an excellent example of small-town America's support of modern architecture.
ARCADIA's knowledge of the town's rich history of papermaking and timber harvesting was in part the inspiration to the bathhouses stunning canopied entrance and split log building forms. During a hot summer day, patrons are drawn to the shimmer of the water through a smaller human-scale gateway than the larger column framed gateway from which the first entered. And as they exit their view is of the children's playground with a view of Mount Katahdin above the trees.
Explore ARCADIA designwork's gallery of pool and bathhouse images by clicking here.
ARCADIA designworks is a multi-disciplined design consultancy providing architecture, industrial design, and challenge based creative thinking services to corporations, organizations and individuals.
On a daily basis, ARCADIA's team of creative people can be found working on the plans of a multi-million dollar commercial building or new products for manufacturing and commercial distribution. ARCADIA's broad cumulative experience as planners, licensed architects and industrial designers has enabled them to broaden their focus to look beyond conventional design solutions to progressive, smarter approaches of building and product design respective of the user, their clients needs and budget, and sustained health of our planet.
Every project is a combined, creative exploration of teamwork in which our firm Makes Our Imaginations.