In an area known for urban sprawl we set out to create architecture that would be a catalyst for urban dwellers. The building gracefully complements the surrounding neighborhoods and connects residents to the nearby metro and the Silver Spring community. Contemporary design, vertical elements, and varied materials provide a textured richness that defines the street edges of the site. The building is pulled back from the corner of Cedar Street and Ellsworth Drive creating a small public plaza. This creates a gateway plaza leading into downtown from the single family neighborhood to the north. The main building entry, at the corner of Veterans Lane and Ellsworth, is tucked in below a porte’ cochere . The building facades are composed of a series of projected glass window bays set against a larger recessed glass plane above the second floor. The larger glass plane projects above the main roof line providing space for mezzanine lofts at the upper floor. Transparency of the bay windows is countered by the masonry and paneled pavilions in an alternating rhythm. Unit types were designed to offer each resident something unique. Many of the ground level residential units have direct access to the street from a series of stoops, while mezzanine lofts at the upper floors offer generous views of downtown Silver Spring. Interior units look out onto the vast, contemporary interior courtyard featuring a linear fountain, outdoor fireplace, and abundant plantings. The common areas within the building are designed as welcoming gathering areas and generous, innovative amenity spaces allow residents to have it all, whether they stay in or walk out in the neighborhood.