UrbanLab collaborated with Norseman Architects to design a new mixed-use development comprising three separate buildings: a 3-flat, 6-flat and 12-flat. Each building has commercial space on the first floor and residences on the second, third and fourth floors. Recycled common brick was utilized for the 3-flat and 6-flat. The brick was detailed with a cantilevered cornice and a protruding running bond pattern in homage to the brick bond patterning of the historic 1899 Association House building just to the West. The new buildings were designed to step back from the Association House to fully reveal its elegant form and distinctive eastern façade. The step back also creates a wedge-shaped prairie landscape fronting the new development. Simple forms and naturally weather-resistant materials enhance the new development’s value. Durability is an important foundation of sustainability, and these building are designed to last for decades without significant maintenance.
Photos by Matthew Messner