Gile Hill

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Clients Location

Hanover, NH

Category Sustainability Features
  • •LEED for homes

  • •Energy Star

  • AIA VT Excellence in Architecture Design – Citation Award

Consultants Photographers

Connecting Natural and Urban Environments

Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, this multi phased project includes 61 rental homes and 59 condominiums.  The diverse community is intermixed with affordable and market rate homes in 12 buildings clustered into smaller communities.  The project goals include green design, site stewardship, home ownership, and sense of community.

The buildings are sited along the main drive and pedestrian path, which connect the community.  Parking is often tucked out of the way up to natural rock ledge. Traffic calming is used to encourage pedestrian priority and boulders from the rocky site are placed within pedestrian courts near benches to create common areas for chance encounters.

The entrances of the buildings and exterior stairs act to connect the neighbors and provide an outdoor space for individualization.  These bright pockets are enlivened by color and activity.

The vertical wood siding was milled on site and the board and batten application is similar to traditional New Hampshire woods residences.  Verticals window strips, seen through the forest, fit into the site’s rhythms.



The Jury described this project as nicely scaled with a varied exterior and excellent use of materials, resulting in an elevation with rhythm and nice composition. The complex is anchored at its corners by large volumes and is inventive in form and its use of color. It’s playful with warm interior spaces within a constrained project development.

– AIA Design Awards Jury 2011