Urban infill that fits the neighborhood architectural character and provides needed student housing.

Approach

New four-story multi-family and three-story mixed-use buildings with contemporary but contextually-sensitive architecture infilling two locations in this lively, urban neighborhood with historic character, near the University of Cincinnati’s campus. The materials, including masonry of various colors and textures, storefront, composite siding and paneling, as well as the proportions, massing and fenestration seek to fit into the neighborhood. The 2600 building has an active, inviting storefront retail space at the street intersection. Building entrances and large windows add light and life inside while enhancing the streetscape of Short Vine Street.

Project challenges included providing entrances at different levels to work with the steep slope of land onsite as well as modifying the foundations to accommodate encroaching neighboring buildings along the zero lot lines. The buildings bring 27 new apartment units to the area that support UC students. Design team is targeting LEED Silver Certification with the USGBC.