Mixed Use: Multi-Family Residential & Commercial
Philadelphia, PA: Old Kensington
This fourteen-unit mixed-use project is modeled as a microcosm of Philadelphia’s urban fabric. Mimicking the language of a changing city, its three elevations are conceived as archetypes of the surrounding context; each with a distinct and separate “front”. The shortest volume, a three-story brick box, faces a small residential street as a modern conception of the row home. On the south side, the building is broken into distinct metal-clad volumes, perforated with an assortment of openings. This variegated, yet studied composition echoes the calico development of the city’s infill construction. The tallest volume, a four-story metal box, faces a commercial corridor and elevated rail. Nodding to Philadelphia’s arts history, a mural covers the facade; this nearly windowless elevation is gracefully punctuated with arched openings at the sidewalk to create an inviting storefront for passing pedestrians.
Facade Artist: Carla Weeks