1. ARTISTS’ HOUSING ADDS A SPLASH TO DOWNTOWN GLENDALE
Meta Housing Corporation (developer) and Studio One Eleven (designer) in May unveiled Ace 121, Glendale, Calif., an 80,000-sf affordable housing complex specifically designed to attract and support artists and their families. The 70-unit apartment complex has an 800-sf tenant-run art gallery (see photo at right, bottom) and a maker space with kilns, pottery wheels, and digital/media lab. Other amenities: a music room, performing arts room, community room, and courtyard/play area. Ace 121 was conceived to support Glendale’s Downtown Art and Entertainment District, which is anchored by the Alex Theatre, the Central Library, the Museum of Neon Art, and the Antaeus Theatre Company. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification. Photo: © Carlos Hernandez
2. CHILDREN’S ROOM BRIGHTENS ONE HUDSON YARDS
A Roto-designed children’s playroom with a custom climbing gym is just one feature at the Related Companies’ One Hudson Yards, 530 West 30th Street, along Manhattan’s High Line. The recently opened 33-story building, which is going for LEED Gold honors, was designed by Davis Brody Bond, with Executive Architect Ismael Leyva Architects; interiors by Andre Kikoski Architect. The 178 apartments range from one- to three-bedrooms, with a single four-bedroom penthouse. Rentals start at $5,095/month. Photo courtesy Related Companies
3. BOSTON’S ‘NEXT TECH CENTER’ GAINS 80 RENTAL UNITS
Shown here is the community/game room at Nova Residences, a new six-story, 68,000-sf apartment edifice in Brighton, Mass. A mix of 80 studios, lofts, and one- and two-bedroom living spaces, it is located in what some are calling Boston’s next IT enclave, near St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Rents range from $1,850 to $3,250; 10 units have been designated as affordable. The project team for owner LBC Boston: SN Consulting Group (architect); Allen & Major Associates (SE); Bohler Engineering (CE); Zade Associates (MEP); Wayne J. Griffin Electric; RBLA Design (landscape architect); NV5 (LEED consultant); and D. F. Pray General Contractors (CM).
4. O SAY CAN YOU SEE? IT’S ANTHEM HOUSE
Anthem House is a new $100 million lifestyle community on a three-acre abandoned industrial site in the Locust Point section of Baltimore. The 292 studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments have keyless entry, hardwood-style flooring, gourmet kitchens with quartz countertops, Energy Star appliances, porcelain-tiled bathrooms, and full-size washers and dryers. FX Studios programmed the fitness center. There’s 20,000 sf of retail and dining, 24/7 concierge service, collaborative workspaces, an acre of outdoor space, and a resort-style pool and sundeck with magnificent views of the harbor—boats and all that. The project team: KTGY Architecture + Planning (designer), Whitman, Requardt & Associates (CE); RD Jones & Associates (interiors); Mahan Rykiel Associates (landscape architecture); and Bozzuto Construction (GC). The Bozzuto Group, War Horse Cities, and Solstice Partners were the developers. Photo: Ray Cavicchio
5. RESORT-STYLE SENIOR LIVING IN SALT LAKE CITY
The Ridge, a $35 million, 138-unit “hospitality-driven senior living community” in Salt Lake City, was designed by studioSIX5 to inspire residents with the majesty of their surroundings—the foothills of the Wasatch Range—and stimulate their daily lives. In the memory care area, the team installed an oversized xylophone that residents can play. In the lobby, there’s a tile wall on which a projector plays short films during active hours. The designers incorporated USB and charging ports into the furniture so residents and their guests can use their electronic devices throughout the complex. Developer: AT Partners. Photo courtesy Alan Blakely
6. LUXE OPENS DOORS TO EMERGING AREA OF eastern PASADENA
The Luxe, a 128-unit mixed-use project developed by AMCAL, is located in eastern Pasadena, within walking distance of the Allen Avenue Gold Line Station. The design, by Withee Malcolm Architects, employs pale stucco and precast walls, deep arches, recessed voids and windows that allow shadows to define the character of the architecture. Floor plans range from studios to two-bedroom homes, which have wood-planked floors and 12-foot ceilings. Amenities include a tech-supported community room, resort-style pool, decks with mountain views, fitness center, and bicycle storage.