RB.NJ 07701



01. The Salt Box
02. Paddle Club
03. River Retreat
04. Marin Hill
05. Gap House
06. Harbour Cove
07. High Bar Pavilion
08. Beach Roost
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We are an award-winning full service contemporary architecture firm based in Red Bank, New Jersey. Recognized for unique, high-quality design, we provide architectural, planning, and interior design services across a range of project types.

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32 Monmouth Street, Floor 3
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

Email: info@parnagianarchitects.com
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The Salt Box

Jury Winner
2021 Architizer A+ Awards

Honor Award
2018 AIA-NJ Chapter Design Competition

A 2,400 square foot home sited in the low lying, flood prone salt marshes of New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay. The client’s brief was to design a lasting replacement for a multi-generational family home that had been damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Sandy. The site is situated at the end of a small peninsula, bound directly to the west by a commercial shipyard and marina, and to the north, south and east by expansive views of the Barnegat Bay. 

Constrained by local ordinance to the existing footprint of the previous home, Salt Box takes on a narrow, rectilinear form. Slight internal shifts in plan and volume create spaces for both retreat and gathering. A patterned rain screen composed of alternating width Atlantic White Cedar boards  cloaks the exterior. The cedar weathers to a natural grey, a subtle design move to give it the appearance of having always been there.

An open living, dining and kitchen area is considered as an "outdoor room" with a double height volume and floor-to-ceiling glass, inviting inhabitants into the landscape. A small study perched above from the second floor looks out into the space below and views beyond. Variations in the porosity of the rain screen create a lively play of interior light and shadow throughout the day while mitigating solar heat gain across the entire building envelope. The "outdoor room" serves as a shady refuge within the vast salt marsh landscape. A free-standing wood burning fireplace sits prominently within the space. The exterior cedar soffit permeates  through to the interior forming a continuous  ceiling lining. White Oak flooring and joinery and white painted cement board and plasterboard compose the majority of the interior material palette. An array of photo-voltaic panels at the roof level provides electricity for the home, taking advantage of the gently sloping planar roof surface and abundant southwesterly sun exposure.


Gap House 

Currently on the boards

A house for a couple and their family looking to slow down on Long Beach Island.  Sited on a particularly narrow stretch of the barrier island, the house takes full advantage of the lot’s unique positioning to maximize expansive views towards both the bay and the ocean.

The main bedroom suite and living spaces are elevated to the uppermost floor to capture unobstructed ocean views with an abundance of glass. Large sliding glass doors open the main living space to a generously sized, ocean facing covered deck. A band of horizontal windows stretches across the west facade, connecting the ocean to the bay. The first level, which sits just below the top of the dunes, is predominated by views towards the bay. A western oriented screened porch is attached to a lower-level media room and lounge area. Bedrooms at this level are situated along the east side of the house, away from the early morning bustle and banter of fisherman in the parking lot of the historic fishing club, which is located directly next door. The main stair and elevator are centrally located, bisecting the overall mass of the building. Carefully placed windows at each landing frame views of the bay, inviting a moment of pause.   

Eastern White Cedar shingles clad the elevated rectilinear volumes, weathering to a natural silver grey. Cement board panels, suggestive of natural stone, define the base of the building. Colored accent panels stretch out to engage the street front and draw users in towards the main entry at the ground floor.



Currently under construction
Projected completion: 2023

A venture of Scarborough Properties, the Brigantine Marina and Paddle Club is a private membership marina and paddle club located on the Absecon Bay waterfront in Brigantine, New Jersey. The project is comprised of two main components – a new deep-water marina and a waterside paddle and pool club.

The Paddle Club features an elevated saltwater pool, spa and patio with outdoor dining, bar, and lounge. A three-story building structure is connected to the elevated pool deck and consists of a private parking garage and building services at the ground floor, a small commercial kitchen, restrooms, shower facilities and marina support space at the first floor (pool deck level), and a boutique three-bedroom seasonal rental unit above on the second floor.

The design of the project takes cues from both the active marina and maritime environs, as well as the tidal estuaries and salt marsh landscapes of the adjacent Absecon Bay. A vertical rainscreen composed of Cypress boards clads the exterior side walls and pool platform, weathering to a soft, natural grey. Smooth, white composite panels, fiberglass roofing and powder coated aluminum components compose much of the remaining facade elements -- a fresh contrast to the silver patina of the weathered Cypress rainscreen. Subtle, playful pops of color reference the soft and ever-changing green, yellow and blue hues of the surrounding natural habitats.  

The outdoor pool deck is elevated approximately ten feet above grade to accommodate both local flood zone requirements and private parking beneath. The waterside public access ramps and stairs leading up to the pool deck are designed as a continuation of the marina. Ipe decking runs continuously from the docks up to the elevated pool deck platform before transitioning to natural limestone pavers once inside the pool club. The main entry stair facing the boulevard and parking area is considered as a sort of gang plank — a reference to the docks and many boats that actively inhabit the marina. 


Beach Roost

A delicately crafted residence that is nestled within the native sand dune vegetation of a private oceanfront lot in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. A generous open living, dining and kitchen area located on the first floor is carefully situated to capture ocean views while comfortably seated. Large sliding glass pocket doors merge the living area with a graciously sized exterior deck. The deck extends out into the dunes, hovering just above the natural vegetation below. Sleeping quarters are dispersed throughout the house, engaging with the site in a variety of sensitively considered ways. The main bedroom suite, located on the second floor, opens to a private covered exterior deck taking advantage of uninterrupted views. 

The panelized cladding is utilized as a rainscreen and runs continuously over the facade, discreetly concealing exterior building components that would otherwise typically remain exposed. The result is a building that feels clean, uncluttered and quiet.  

This project was a collaboration between Midouhas Architecture and Parnagian Architects.

Architectural design and post structural construction administration by Midouhas Architecture 

Technical documents, structural design, structural erection phase field administration and digital renderings by Parnagian Architects


River Retreat

A 480 square foot cabin designed for a local builder as a “local getaway” close to home. Located along the Rancocas Creek, the allowable building footprint is extremely limited by the adjacent flood-way. A cozy sleeping loft is perched above an open living room, dining room and kitchen below. Floor to ceiling glass takes advantage of the river views and natural privacy provided by the Rancocas woods. An exterior material palette of Corten steel, Eastern White Cedar shingles, Ipe and glass is purposed to weather over time, softly reflecting the natural surroundings. The weathered outer shell gives way to a bright, light filled interior.