For this opportunity, we were asked to design a new building that introduced a mixed-income development within an existing urban community
Our proposal identified residential as the primary use and delivered 120 new modern apartments and associated live-work spaces facing the Beltline and Piedmont Park. A new 1 ½ story building at the Monroe entrance provides leasing/management and amenity spaces that greet visitors and activate the street frontage. Studio,1, 2 and 3 BR units were designed to be compact, encouraging density.
A new drive connecting Cresthill Avenue to Monroe Drive provides two separate entry/exit options for residents and visitors. This would eliminate the current dead end street and provide safe access for emergency vehicles. On-site parking at one space per unit was incorporated and most of these spaces would be set below grade into the existing hillside and hidden from view.
The new construction was intended to be compatible with Piedmont Park and the existing neighborhood, with a 4-story height on the neighborhood side that is kept below the transitional height planes mandated for projects adjacent to single-family homes.
The frontage facing the park honors the 20-foot wide Beltline setback/buffer requirement by providing landscaped rainwater collection berms and three distinct plaza entry/connection points to allow residents and visitors to interact with the active trail.