Architect: Potter Lawson Inc.
Owner: Urban Land Interests (ULI)
Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
The design of this new apartment building maximizes the use of a tight urban in-fill site to create desirable and affordable housing options for young professionals, families and empty nesters. The four-story building fits the scale of the neighborhood and contains 88 apartments with underground parking. Because of the smaller private living spaces, the amount of shared common space is increased to foster a sense of community. The architecture references a combination of town home and loft building model. The raised entrances for the first-floor units activate the street level and provide a sense of security while instilling a connection with the streetscape. The outdoor greenspace connects to the common space on the first floor. The roof terrace on the second floor gives residents a semi-private place to socialize and entertain. The three-story brick volume is broken into vertical elements that define each residence. Large openings help create bright and airy interiors. The fourth floor and building ends are set back and clad in bronze anodized flat seam panels, adding a unique texture that offers a weathered patina.
Jury Comments: “The site planning and building plan are very efficient. The way the project addresses the street, creates a community pathway along the railroad tracks and connects the ground floor units with the streetscape is all super smart. The use of multiple materials is well done and very restrained. They help to break down the scale while creating a textured and contemporary feel. It all seems well composed.”
Photos: Mike Rebholz