Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
By: Graftworks, LLC
Community room with duplex apartments above.
View from park.
Words from the Architects
This 48,000 s.f. project is being developed as apartments for artists by Mutual Housing Association, a nonprofit organization working to provide quality affordable homes for working families in New Haven.
Aerial from Dixwell Avenue.
The scope includes adaptive reuse of an existing 1920's brick warehouse and office building into artist studios and commercial space. 27 units of housing are being designed as new construction facing a "rails to trails" park and as apartments on the roof of the warehouse with direct access to studios below.
Our strategy is to develop varying unit types that have the flexibility to be used as live/work studio space - every apartment also has access to private outdoor terrace. Being that this project revolves around the daily lives of artists, color plays an important role in establishing identity for each apartment and for the community as a whole.
All the building materials are standard off the shelf products (metal shingles, polycarbonate glazing, fiber cement board, corrugated metal) consistent with the industrial past of the neighborhood but used in novel ways.
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