Beechwood Village is a modern interpretation of a ‘cottage product’ typology providing student-focused multifamily living along a busy corridor and city trail near the southern gateway of the University of Arkansas. Inspired by the existing industrial nature of the 16 acres of Ozark valley in which it sits, the project captures the scale of both detached private homes and townhouse options while embodying sustainable and walkable goals for neighborhood development. The architecture is rooted in a site-driven, modern aesthetic that resonates with the mobile, intellectual, and global experiences of the student demographic within a 110-building master plan.
The ‘Urban House’ types were developed in a palette of common materials (cedar, stucco, fiber cement board lap siding and brick) for Beechwood Village to purposefully stray from the conventional preconceived aesthetics. The new designs are crafted in a modern architectural language derived from the industrial nature of the site (previously low-rent, small-footprint warehouses) and become a likely departure from the traditional architecture that college students experienced during adolescence. The urban house typology has been dubbed appropriately to distinguish the pedestrian-friendly location near the University of Arkansas core and city trail network, without sacrificing market expectations for parking.