This project is a proposal for a 228-unit apartment complex which will act as a catalyst for change and a shift towards urban density in downtown Oklahoma City. The project focuses on encouraging residential living in the central downtown area as an alternative to the suburban housing model common to the South West. This city is still highly reliant on automobiles and this project seeks to provide the density desired, while allowing for transition as public transportation becomes a more viable option.
Innovations Urban Density The complex is composed of 228 units, which will bring in excess of 310 people to the downtown area.
Active edges The project focuses on creating active urban frontages incorporating retail units and apartments with front doors directly on the street, avoiding facades dominated by blank elevations, parking lots and garages. By promoting pedestrian interaction at street level, a successful mixed use scenario is ensured. On the upper storeys recessed balconies break down the long street elevations to a more human scale, whilst a stepped massing, roof terraces and double-height corner units add life and variety to the skyline.
Affordability The scheme contains a mixture of one and two bedroom units, offering different typologies for a variety of budgets.
Communal Amenity All flats have access to two external courtyards which are contained in the heart of the scheme to provide privacy and quiet. These include a swimming pool, decking, communal roof terrace, permeable surfacing and a variety of green planting that serves to provide shade, screening and visual amenity.
Sustainability This project has the ambition to be Oklahoma City’s first LEED accredited for rent development. The project is almost entirely built of locally sourced timber and a number of sustainable methodologies are employed including super insulation, floor by floor recycling and refuse facilities, communal bike storage areas, tenant storage areas, etc.
Economic system Apartments are efficiently planned to minimise circulation space and maximise usable space, and based on a regular module which simplifies construction and servicing. The timber framed apartments also allow for a quick build, with simultaneous construction of the outer apartment complex and inner concrete parking garage.
Flexibility The proposal consists of a mix of efficiency, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. The design can adapt and change to allow for different mixes of 1-Bed and 2-Bed apartments, and the basic module can be adjusted to allow for a variety of unit ratios.
Private Amenity Each unit features a generous private balcony and in response to the harsh Oklahoma climate, these are recessed on the external façade to provide shade and shelter from wind, and cantilevered on the sheltered internal courtyard facades.
Courtyards The courtyards provide a focal point for the development, connect to resident facilities at ground level and act as sources of cooler air in summer.
Allowance for Future Expansion All apartments are designed to be convertible for accessible use. Party walls are structural, but internal partitions are non-structural, allowing for ease of reconfiguration in future.