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Madison Flats

by askstudio-wp_soho· March 04, 2016· in · 0 comments
Madison Flats is a three-story, 27-unit market rate apartment building located south of downtown Des Moines. The site represents an opportunity to clean up a scar in the urban landscape and take advantage of existing infrastructure in a sustainable manner. The building is designed to attract and spur further development in the forgotten neighborhood, while also reestablishing a historic fabric that can be seen in the surrounding neighborhood and near the project site. Madison Flats celebrates the lost architecture of the historic south side. Its walkability, connections to transit, existing infrastructure and the compounding benefits of in-fill development make the first new building in this neighborhood in 50 years a tipping point for future in-fill. The building’s gabled roof and single-loaded corridor was borne from the proportion and rhythm of an existing abandoned brick building in the neighborhood. Variations of floor heights, syncopated window rhythms and masonry detailing veil the modernity of the structure. Constructed with sustainability in mind, the building utilizes energy saving concepts and green materials. Masonry was selected for its durability, longevity and inherent low-maintenance properties.   Location:  Des Moines, IA Program:  Residential Area:  23,000 SF Client:  Neighborhood Development Corporation Photo Credits:  Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio  
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High Street Brickstone

by askstudio-wp_soho· February 27, 2016· in · 0 comments
This project is part of a series of distinguished brickstone style apartment buildings in Des Moines. Located in the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood, this project maintains the historical language of the neighborhood, while providing modern, quality amenities. References to the historical neighborhood include details from the Victorian and Second Empire periods. The Second Empire tower on the Northeast corner is based on a tripartite design, creating a focal point for the building and creating a strong presence at street level. Primary entrances to the building on the north side are marked by metal stairs, as seen in traditional row and brickstone style housing. The units inside are a loft style with open floor plans and exposed duct work, with a variety of plan options that include fully accessible units.   Location: Des Moines, IA Program:  Multifamily Housing Area: 22,615 SF Client: Hatch Development Group Photo Credits: Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio  
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Fleur Heights Care Center

by askstudio-wp_soho· February 27, 2016· in · 0 comments
"Professional Staff...Exceptional Care" The client recognized a deficiency in nursing care dedicated to patients in need of extended surgical recovery. This project addresses the need for modern amenities and design not only for today’s aging population, but also for a younger generation who do not fit into the traditional nursing home model. The project is a remodel of the assisted living portion of a nursing home to fourteen surgical recovery/nursing care rooms. Modern design was addressed through the use of bright colors, organic textures and clean lines. What was once a dark, closed in space became bright and open through the implementation of LED lighting throughout and keeping commons spaces open to the corridors.   Location: Des Moines, Ia Program:  Nursing Care Area: 9,892 SF Client: Pacifica Health Services Photo Credits: Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio  
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Chariton Multi-Family

by askstudio-wp_soho· February 27, 2016· in · 0 comments
The Chariton Historic multi-family housing project is the rehabilitation of second-story housing stock around a county/city square. The project reinforces the basic tenants of density to enhance the vibrancy and import of the square by offering living spaces that have modern conveniences and systems, but remain true to the history of the square. Central to the project is its intent to preserve, and to preserve with creative solutions. The project was accomplished with strict adherence to SHPO guidelines and the requirements of Iowa’s Green Streets sustainability criteria. The project rehabilitated spaces that have been unoccupied for decades - some were in frightful disrepair. The final resultant is a quiet injection of a dozen or more full time main street residents, who shop downtown, walk downtown and “patrol” downtown. The square has additional movement, dollars and safety due to a gesture that added decades of life to buildings that are the built history of our State.   Location: Chariton, IA Program:  Residential Area: 8,444 SF Client: City of Chariton Photo Credits: Tara Maurer
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Carlisle Care Center Link

by askstudio-wp_soho· February 27, 2016· in · 0 comments
The Carlisle Care Center Link is a means of connecting two buildings. The client owns two buildings adjacent to each other; one a skilled nursing home and the other an assisted living residence. The assisted living is contemporary to the skilled nursing home and after some time in operation, the client saw a need for indoor access between the two buildings. Additionally, there was a need for a physical therapy and salon space with proximity to both buildings. It is a sloped structure clad with translucent corrugated panel to bring in natural light and to act as a neutral element between the two buildings. The structure acts as a bridge with concrete piers to allow water to flow through the site.   Location: Carlisle, IA Program:  Senior Living Area: 1,520 SF Addition Client: Pacifica Health Services Photo Credits:  Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio    
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Carlisle Care Center

by askstudio-wp_soho· February 25, 2016· in · 0 comments
“Professional staff…Exceptional Care”. The working philosophy of the Carlisle Care Center—to provide high quality assisted living while maintaining a comfortable, home like environment—became the basis of design for this project. This standard was emphasized by the employment of upscale residential features, such as granite counters, custom grade cabinets and fireplaces. The facility, situated on a triangular site, is organized programmatically in an L-shape. Inside, it allows a kitchen to be placed central to two wings of units which in turn creates a smaller, more residential feel. Outside, this allows the front of the building to open up to the street, maximizing both its welcoming presence to outsiders and the ability to capture a diffused north light.   Location: Carlisle, IA Program:  Assisted Living Area: 18,762 SF Client: Pacifica Health Services Photo Credits: ASK Studio  
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Crestview

by askstudio-wp_soho· February 25, 2016· in · 0 comments
“Cultivating opportunities for vibrant neighborhoods and communities.” Crestview Apartments is a project that encompasses appreciation and transformation. It reinstated a community fixture that had lost viability with contemporary elderly apartment seekers. The existing dormitory style units were combined into 55 larger units, each with a kitchen. The cafeteria and congregate areas were converted into comfortable community spaces for the residents. Also included is an exercise area, library, sitting area with fireplace, and several lounge areas. The final interiors were designed to complement the original 1960’s lines of the architecture as well as provide a comfortable and colorful living space suitable for the anticipated demographic.    Location: West Des Moines, IA Program:  Senior Living Area: 70,300 SF Renovations Client: Community Housing Initiatives Photo Credits:  Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio
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Sanctuary Apartments is a facility for women or women with children who have come out of rehabilitation and are in need of transitional living for support until they are on their own two feet. It is about creating a protected community. The project consists of two, two-story apartment buildings and a community center that houses on-site daycare, counseling, a library and kitchen. The site is composed in such a way that the three buildings create an enclosure that protects the entries to each building, as well as the central play area. The large windows in the community center meet the needs for both ample day lighting and high visibility to the outside. The intent of the design was wrapped around the hope that a sense of community and protection would result in camaraderie amongst the residents.   Location: Sioux City, IA Program:  Multifamily Housing Area: 23,145 SF Client: Jackson Recovery Photo Credits:  Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio  
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Grant Terrace

by askstudio-wp_soho· February 19, 2016· in · 0 comments
A former historic elementary school in the heart of Oskaloosa reopened its doors to be gently adapted into an elderly living community. With its beautiful, historic trees and grand front lawn, the building has long been an icon within the community. Central to the project are its intent to preserve and to preserve with creative solutions. The project was largely about considering new work as a frame to the old and never about a replacement. This is evident in the use of the existing plaster walls as beacons to the unit doors, with new spaces defined only through gestures of walls. This project’s use was successfully repurposed with negligible changes to the character and integrity of an historic site.   Location:  Oskaloosa, IA Program:  Senior Living Area:  20,510 SF Repurposing Client:  Community Housing Initiatives Photo Credits:  ASK Studio  
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Home to Stay

by askstudio-wp_soho· February 19, 2016· in · 0 comments
Affordable housing is a critical need in many communities, but the needs of persons with criminal records are often more desperate and rarely addressed. While the needs of this group are similar to those of the general populace, the particular focus of this project was to create a safe, secure environment with a sense of normalcy. Situated on a narrow, sloping site near the edge of the city in an industrial district, the community layout looks inward to emphasize its uniqueness from its surroundings. All of the dwellings have individual front doors. Every person and family is given an identity for the neighborhood to recognize, respect, and protect. There are no corridors and there are no unintended references to the unfortunate typology of affordable housing, such as low slung gables and the drone of the sameness of skin, aperture and color. Windows reference spaces within rather than economy railings made of composite lumber; they are melodic rather than utilitarian and elements such as trellises, window bays, sun screens, and railings are employed to allow the building to change and live with sunlight. The result is affordable housing without the constant reminders of status and caste.   Location:  Cedar Rapids, IA […]
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