The Ohringer, Braddock’s iconic eight-story furniture store from 1941, has re-emerged as an Arts Incubator and affordable Artist Housing. The project follows several attempts to re-inhabit the long-vacant building with arts-based interventions. Now, the building is completely transformed to create places for professional artists to live, work, and exchange. The reactivation of this icon connects two areas of main street redevelopment, builds upon the maker culture of Braddock, and continuously illuminates the heart of community through arts.
Strong environmental awareness and biophilic design response enhance the idea of living as part of nature. The design works to minimize the impact on the ecological conditions demonstrating respect for its surroundings.
The first phase of the redevelopment of Allegheny Dwellings makes connections—to the wider community via improved pedestrian connections and use of the surrounding neighborhoods’ vibrant patchwork of color, to its unique quarry history and distinctive site, and within its generous shared spaces.
Riverview Towers is affordable housing for seniors serving over two hundred residents in Pittsburgh, PA, and overlooks the Monongahela River. The owners received a grant to make the main entrance wheelchair accessible, with a permanent covering that spanned from the automobile drop-off area to the main entrance.
The design focuses on strengthening the residents’ connection to nature. The natural forces of sky, water, wind, and earth are celebrated at the point of arrival. Rain is collected on an upper canopy shaped like a folded leaf that serves as a water trough. As the water spills from the upper canopy to the lower canopy, the design included water chimes; producing gentle music that surrounds residents during a rainfall. The rainwater proceeds into a recessed channel at the fold in the lower canopy before cascading down copper rain cups leading to a basin filled with river stones collected from the nearby Monongahela River.
Parcel J is an urban luxury apartment community located in downtown New London, Connecticut. The activity of the lounge and lobby were connected to a new plaza space in order to stimulate the most identifiable and visible corner of the site. A large fourth floor terrace space also takes advantage of the dramatic views over the Thames River. The project team used the client’s desire for porches at every unit to create a varied yet connected façade that negotiated the extremely long block dimensions.
Energy efficiency and modern design come together to maximize performance and beauty in this one-story home. The home is organized to optimize views and access between the interior living spaces and the surrounding outdoors. The main living area is central to the home and celebrated with a higher ceiling making the space feel larger for gatherings. The other living spaces flow out from this central area. Working collaboratively with the pre-fab builder EcoCraft Homes, this model home design can be custom fit to homeowner needs and unique site conditions.
A proposed mixed-use development responds to community feedback by stitching together four historic structures and reinvigorating a pivotal corner in Pittsburgh’s Central Northside. Watch a short video showing a Sketchbook page sequence here.
Energy efficiency and modern urban design comes together to maximize performance and beauty in this three-story home, located in Sewickley, PA. Working collaboratively with the pre-fab builder EcoCraft Homes and the owners, this urban dwelling was designed to maximize views, connections to the outdoors, and was fully tailored to the unique needs of its owners.