Owner: Linden Street Partners
Contractor: Alitus Building Company
Located on a challenging site in historic Walker’s Point, the five-story apartment building with retail space offers an example of how good design and savvy development can address overlooked vacant and less desirable urban properties. Recognizing the predominant historic buildings in the neighborhood are brick warehouses with punched openings and a post-and-beam structure with steel connections on the interior, the design of the new building turns the warehouse inside-out with steel beams and natural cedar siding with large glass openings on the exterior. The compact apartment plans offer both affordability and livability, including Milwaukee’s first junior one-bedroom units. Each apartment has a private balcony. Parking is located on the ground floor, concealed by a backlit frosted glass storefront. A shared outdoor deck sits atop the parking structure. The long vacant parcel shares a property line with an active elevated railroad track, which created design, engineering and construction challenges. The small encumbered site now holds an attractive and productive addition to the neighborhood.
Jury Comment: “We appreciate the diagrammatic organization of the building and its relationship to the neighborhood. The exterior expression, with the ribbons of steel beams and the natural wood and glass between, is appealing. The composition of the materials is quite nice. The design of the compact apartment units is smart and innovative. The architect found a surprising way to solve a problem while adding interest and flexibility.”
Photos: Richard Ebbers Photography