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Lincoln 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 a senior living community. With its beautiful, historic trees and grand front lawn, the building has always been an icon within the community. Central to the project is its intent to preserve with creative solutions. The project was largely about considering new elements as being framed by the old and never about a replacement. This is evident in the use nearly all of the existing plaster walls and the strict in-place preservation of all hallway doors . It is also evident in the preservation of the gymnasium volume with clerestories and the inclusion of the existing performance stage in the units. This project’s use was successfully repurposed with negligible changes to the character and integrity of this historic structure.   Location:  Oskaloosa, IA Program:  Senior Living Area:  20,200 SF Repurposing Client:  Community Housing Initiatives Photo Credits:  ASK Studio  
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Sugar Creek

by askstudio-wp_soho· February 19, 2016· in · 0 comments
The Sugar Creek project aims to create a diverse community that mixes low income housing amongst market rate housing. It is a project that truly adheres to the mission of the client: “Cultivating opportunities for vibrant neighborhoods and communities”. The designs were developed through thoughtful detailing in which components reflect traditional building character. Components, such as the front porch, embrace the goal of community. Simple details contribute to the success of challenging the stereotype of affordable housing.   Location:  Cedar Rapids, IA Program:  Single Family Housing Area:  28,500 SF - 20 Houses Client:  Community Housing Initiatives Photo Credits:  ASK Studio  
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Elsie Apartments

by askstudio-wp_soho· December 30, 2015· in · 0 comments
Elsie Apartments is a project that encompasses transformation to new technologies and urban connections. It reinstates a community fixture that had lost viability with contemporary, elderly apartment seekers. Challenges of the project included adding an elevator to the 12-story structure and enhancing skywalk connections. The existing units were updated and many improvements were made to ensure life safety and accessibility in the more than 40-year-old structure. The congregate areas were revived into comfortable community spaces for the residents. Also included is an exercise area, library and several digital-lounge areas. The final interiors were designed to address the contemporary requirements of the anticipated residents, while considering the marketing impact of all changes. How the building is seen from the street and from the skywalk has transformed the building’s image and its bottom line.   Location:  Des Moines, IA Program:  Residential Area:  122,426 SF Client:  Newbury Living Photo Credits:  Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio  
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