ROLE

Project Designer, Project Manager, Project Architect

 

I led this project through all phases from the initial proposal through design, permitting, documentation, and construction.

[INTERFACE STUDIO ARCHITECTS]

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

NORTHERN LIBERTIES, PHILADELPHIA // 17 TOWNHOMES // 3 TRIPLEX BUILDINGS

 

Philadelphia has been called one part New York City, one part Detroit.  At the heart of the issue is the loss of the industrial economy which led to a drop in population from 2 million in 1950 to 1.45 million in 2000.  Since 2006, the city has added 64,000 people, many of them from the millenial generation.

 

The True North project fills in one of the many urban gaps created by the population decline.  It encompasses an entire city block and includes 17 new townhomes, 3 new triplex apartment buildings, and a brownstone renovation with 11 apartments.

 

Context is key to filling the gaps.

 

The new buildings take ques from the many unique surrounding roof forms but with a new approach.  By punching in or subtracting rather than popping out with bays or dormers, uniquely social spaces are created that connect the buildings to the growing neighborhood.