Multifamily Design Innovations: Thoughtful Design

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss strategies for enlivening the facades of buildings with relatively standard, boxlike footprints and massing.
  2. Explain how environments for individuals with intellectual disabilities can be optimized through thoughtful design.
  3. Describe a number of green strategies that have been cost-effectively utilized in multifamily housing projects.
  4. Discuss how creative design can help mission-driven organizations take advantage of their real estate to better serve multiple constituents.


1 AIA LU/Elective
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Sweetwater Spectrum
Model Home: In response to a growing need, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and a Bay Area nonprofit developed a residential community for adults with autism.
Torre Júlia
Social Network: A trio of young architects enlivens a housing block for seniors by cleverly manipulating its facades and creating a series of community spaces.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church/Dekko Place Apartments
Mission Statement: A Lutheran congregation in a rapidly developing part of the city revamps its campus to include affordable housing and an inviting corner chapel.
Via Verde
Affordable's New Look: With Via Verde'a mixed-use complex in a rapidly changing Bronx neighborhood'Dattner and Grimshaw reimagine city dwelling.
Rosa Gardens Apartments
Situated on a 4.5-acre plot, the 85,000-square-foot 57-unit affordable housing complex was commissioned by the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, a nonprofit, low-income housing developer in southern California.
The Hegeman
A six-story, 78,000-square-foot affordable housing complex for low-income and formerly homeless residents in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
The Modules
Out of the Box: The Modules, a student housing development by Interface Studio Architects, flaunts its construction method as it makes a case for well-designed prefab.
The Q
Housing Fit for 007: Architect-developer Jonathan Segal named his 29-unit apartment building 'The Q,' after James Bond's resident gadgeteer. The tricks used here, though, are subtler than a shoe dagger.
Fillmore Park
Program: A 44,330-square-foot 32-unit townhouse and apartment complex in downtown San Francisco designed for middle-income and first-time homebuyers.


Originally published in March 2017