The accompanying event space features a large concrete fireplace flanked by a wall of windows.The existing structures required complex reinforcement for increased snow loads.Resident rooms, living and dining spaces and the entry lobby are expressed as white steep-pitch gabled houses with dark roofs and double-hung windows.These “houses” help make the facility look “like home” and are connect by a flat-roofed building containing all services and circulation.Designed around a limited construction budget, each house has just over 1,500 square feet of living area, consisting of a light-grey ground-level base and a darker slightly cantilevered volume above.
They reflect the progressive and creative spirit of the neighborhood that is being rediscovered by young professionals, artists and students.
This project leverages what it was given as far as the infrastructure into something that is physically welcoming to the community. The architect was very smart in the surgical removals and the additions.
Technical issues were successfully resolved to be able to do something that looks like they did nothing.
The simple exterior materials include cementitious stucco and fiberboard cladding.
On the upper level, the south façade features colorful lacquered vertical louvers that act as sun screen and provide a textured dynamic cadence to this compact urban infill development.: “While this project features beautiful and striking colors, it is being recognized because of its restraint and composition. There is great use of very mundane exterior materials – stucco and fiberglass. Even though it is compositionally very different than the neighborhood, the project has a sense of scale and appropriateness so that it looks like it belongs.” Dubuque, Iowa Architect: Galbraith Carnahan Architects Owner: Convivium Urban Farmstead Contractor: Al Urbain Construction Management A successful restoration of an old forgotten structure to its original charm, this project creates a new public space that fosters community, promotes sustainability and revitalizes an economically struggling neighborhood.