TITLE: Girard Ave. Lumberyard


PROJECT TYPE: Mixed-Use (53 units + commercial space)


STATUS: Planning



The project site is a former Lumberyard in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, encompassing most of the southwest block bounded by Girard Ave and N. 3rd St. Responding directly to the scales of the streets, the 5-story mixed-use portion of the building sits prominently on commercial-focused Girard Ave, while quickly transitioning to shorter 4-story portions more aligned with the smaller-scale residential buildings to the south. The proximity to mass transit (the 15 trolley and the “El”) allows for higher density with reduced parking requirements, and the grade-level parking spaces that are provided are covered by an elevated 2nd floor level courtyard + gathering space for the residents. This solution solves an urban density dilemma by providing both parking and open space by stacking the programmatic uses.

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TITLE: 600 on Green / 413 Green St.


PROJECT TYPE: Residential (20 single-family units)


STATUS: Construction


This irregularly shaped lot was sliced and diced to fit a number of programmatic requirements; on the eastern portion of the site, double-wide 4-story units are placed in a horseshoe arrangement which maximizes street frontage and minimizes a driveway area which services 16 parking spaces. On the western portion of the site, 2 rows of split-level townhouses respond to the varying scales and contexts on Green and Wallace St. Issues such as pedestrian safety, urban planning at the sidewalk realm, and sensitivity to protection of views and daylight for the existing buildings were factored into the design solution.

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TITLE: Galloway Townhouses


PROJECT TYPE: Residential


STATUS: Completed



The form of these 4-story units is dictated by balancing the project program with the limitations of a challenging site on a narrow street. The middle floors of the building project over the ground level to allow for vehicular access to a carport below while the upper level top floor is set back from the street to respond to the context of the adjacent buildings. Window openings are simultaneously minimized and maximized to strategically respond to the needs of the corresponding interior space.

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TITLE: Hope St. Apartments


PROJECT TYPE: Multi-Family Residential


STATUS: Planning



A series of multi-family unit clusters is placed side-to-side on a small and angular site in the South Kensington neighborhood. The window openings and balcony recesses are oriented to maximize daylight and streetscape views while preserving privacy for the interior functions of the apartment units.

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TITLE: Berks Angles


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouses


STATUS: Completed



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TITLE: Ludlow St. Apartments


PROJECT TYPE: Multi-Family Residential


STATUS: Construction



This multi-family building is situated at the corner of 41st and Ludlow St. in University City, and optimizes its site by seeking the limits of its zoning constrants: occupied ground floor area, allowable floor area ratio, and # of allowable units are all maximized while still respecting and responding to the scale of the surrounding buildings. A pedestrian-friendly building entrance and bike storage enhance the streetscape, while a series of upper-level common roof decks allow for open space and communal gathering.

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TITLE: The York St. Castles


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouses


STATUS: Completed



We took a minimalist approach with the exterior design of these units. Interior functional groupings are arranged in continuous stacks that are indicated by window alignments, which are then spatially enhanced with steep vertical recesses. The scale of these oversized residential units and their role in context of the existing block is contrasted and regulated by a simplified material palette and an aggressive solid - void - solid massing pattern.

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TITLE: New Market St.


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouses


STATUS: Completed



This site was a several times over re-purposed synagogue-turned-fence-company, which had outlived its usefulness and was sitting vacant on an otherwise thriving residential block. Our task was to conjure up some efficiency from an oddly proportioned site by utilizing it in a manner that reflected the market demands of the transitioning neighborhood and modern life in Philadelphia, while concurrently respecting the physical traits and scales of its adjacent context. Our design solution was to essentially ignore the assumed street frontage and parallel highway directly adjacent to the east, and instead orient the front of the units toward the south, maximizing skyline views and daylighting with a series of setbacks and walk-out balconies. Responding to the needs of a car-centric populous in a non-car-centric-friendly-city, we serviced all of the units with parking spaces accessed from one curb cut, thereby preserving on-street parking.

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TITLE: Crease St. Corner House


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouse


STATUS: Planning



This project, located at a vacant and underused Fishtown corner, represents a design response to the constraints of an intersection of a smaller secondary street with an even smaller access street in a dense residential neighborhood. The distinct streetscapes, and the overlapping and conflicting scales and their implications are merged together to generate a new row house form which responds to both conditions while retaining its own identity. Sensitivity to physical context combined with requirements of modern functionality and end-user privacy are all combined to create a scale-friendly corner building.

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TITLE: Mascher St. Mixed-Story


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouses (20 units)


STATUS: Construction



A massive abandoned block in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia is reimagined as high-density single family urban housing. Our design solution creates a rhythmic streetscape pattern of alternating one- and two-story vertical recesses which function as both entry enclosures/weather shields and utility meter hideouts. The projects’ massing responds to both daylighting opportunities as well as its existing neighborhood context by placing the taller 4-story row adjacent to the park to the north, and the parallel 3 story rows to the south.

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TITLE: Penthouse Renovation


PROJECT TYPE: Private Residence


STATUS: Completed



This project's task was to redesign, simplify, and modernize a luxury penthouse condo unit atop a Washington Square high-rise in downtown Center City Philadelphia. Our solution was to strip the 5,000 sf bi-level space bare and implement an updated and efficient layout which would serve the owners' simple and direct programmatic needs: an open and fluid layout which optimized panoramic views of the city, open space for large-scale entertaining, private gym, storage / utility spaces for out-of-sight requirements, and comfortable and warm circulation and private spaces. The design included designated wall areas for art displays, recessed ceiling cove lighting, and automated smart home control integration.

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TITLE: Striped


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouses


STATUS: Completed



These oversized residential units seek to modulate and downplay their height and visual sense of 'newness' in relation to their context by utilizing a series of closely-cropped material transitions, or “stripes”. By increasing the frequency of lateral massing changes while also simulating the shoulder-to-shoulder effect of the standard Philadelphia residential row, a new geometric pattern for the townhouse typology is established which contrasts with its immediate surroundings but still fits within the realm of contextual comfort.

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TITLE: Philip 4


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouses


STATUS: Planning



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TITLE: Ripple House


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouse


STATUS: Unbuilt



The design approach was to create an undulating ripple that coursed through the elevated 2nd floor living space of this corner unit, projecting out over the sidewalk as a means to enhance views and add usable interior space. Sitting at the corner of a South Philly intersection directly across from Dickinson Square Park, the ripple serves as a device to orient the interior programmatic functions and frame exterior views toward the park beyond. The building’s curves are offset by a rectilinear frame that communicates and aligns with the adjacent existing residential blocks.

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TITLE: Germantown Ave. Split-Levels


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouses (5 units)


STATUS: Completed



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TITLE: 2555 Carpenter St.


PROJECT TYPE: Multi-Family Condominiums (5 units)


STATUS: Completed



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TITLE: Cadwallader Condos


PROJECT TYPE: Multi-Family Condominiums (3 units)


STATUS: Unbuilt



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TITLE: 705 S. 7th St.


PROJECT TYPE: Mixed-Use Development


STATUS: Unbuilt



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TITLE: Penn Treaty Park


PROJECT TYPE: Mixed-Use Development


STATUS: Planning



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TITLE: Turner St. Townhouses


PROJECT TYPE: Townhouses (5 units)


STATUS: Construction



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