The design for the building - a U-shaped plan with varying height wings - is oriented toward the south for views to the bay and lake, as well as optimum access to daylight and natural ventilation. The western face, steps down to 3-stories and its massing is shaped to smaller “house-sized” elements to best mimic the single-family homes across the street. The two wings forming the “U”, create arms that form a landscaped courtyard -- an extension of the abutting city parkland -- embracing green space into the center of the building and covering the underground parking with a communal use green roof and terrace.
Seven27’s design creates a dialogue with the neighboring Tobacco Lofts through the building’s height, massing and materiality – a 4-story tan colored brick façade mediates the height of the two loft warehouse buildings with their cream colored masonry. Along the east, mirroring the energy of the railroad tracks and bike path, is Seven27’s longest wing, echoing the linear orientation of the Tobacco Loft’s warehouse buildings.
Rain gardens, located just south of the courtyard, collect the outfall from the roof leaders and allowing it to permeate back into the water table. A large green roof occupies a portion of the covered garage and is designed to seamlessly merge into the adjacent terrain, while providing a recreation and gathering area for the building residents. Taking advantage of the site’s proximity to the downtown area, as well as public transportation and recreational activities, the team designed the project with a reduced level of parking from the market and supplemented with significantly more bike storage than is commonplace in the area. The residential units are designed with a highly efficient floor plans, minimizing the overall footprint of the building. In addition, large high performance glazing units are located in all units, allowing for daylighting regardless of view.