Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Architect: Rinka Chung Architecture
Owner: Barrett/Lo Visionary Development
Contractor: Altius Building Company
With the rare opportunity to plan a vast area to propel the city beyond its historically suburban and industrial reputation, the main objective was to create an urban style experience that promotes density, walkability, and outdoor interaction. Close proximity to downtown Milwaukee, the freeway and other developments in southern Wisconsin counties give a new generation of residents a different option to lead an urban lifestyle with the benefits of a suburban community. The design includes first floor walk-up apartments (giving the appearance of urban townhomes lining the perimeter), abundant shared amenity indoor and outdoor spaces, and an on-site retail coffee shop and café.
In addition, the apartments were designed to capture the look and feel of a resort or a high-end hotel—a daily experience of escape and luxury when arriving home from a busy lifestyle. The entry court drop-off has the arrival feeling of a boutique hotel, and the lobby is designed to evoke a hospitality-like experience. Visibility from the front entry through the glassy lobby to the pool connects the 4-wings of the apartments through a central shared activity space.
The building’s design is intended to be of simple sophistication. White planes fold out from the façade to form large outdoor balcony spaces with directed views to the wetlands or the town square. Wood accents line the balconies to create rich personal outdoor spaces. The large-scale mass is articulated by roof variation at signature spaces, differentiation between the ground floor to upper floor facades, and smaller scale public-use structures at key corners facing the town square.
Photos: Richard Ebbers Photography and MKE Drones, LLC