In the Works: Multi-Use Project, Walker Road

Multi-Use Project, Walker Road, Warrenton


This multi-use project design combines classical and modern proportions with a contemporary aesthetic and local materials. The red brick base matches the adjacent buildings and is paired with a light-colored mid-section with large, vertically-oriented openings, a simplified cornice with a hipped eave, minimized fascia and a wood soffit.

To match the adjacent building, we designed slender vertical brick porticos to help break the massing, show entrances, offer privacy on balconies and emphasize a simple rhythm while making a strong modern statement.

The balconies are enclosed with the warm, natural brick as well as a wood floor and ceiling. The railings are proposed to be near-invisible cable rails, slender aluminum posts and a wood handrail that has a natural, soft and warm tactile quality.

The sidewall of the porticos could be carried inside to allow for an accent wall of interior brick on one side of the great room. The height of the porticos allow for transom windows above the sliding glass doors on the fourth floor and skylights may also be added for additional natural light and sky; a vaulted great room ceiling may be possible in these units as well.

The occupied roof terraces are to be developed. An advantage of this design is the stacked residential units offer great simplicity and efficiency with continuous structural and wet walls.

The retail space is proposed as a simple and continuous storefront glazing system offering wonderful natural light, great views, and optimized flexibility. Exterior hardscape and landscaping are to be developed.