New market rate urban housing takes form in downtown Kansas City’s East Village
East Village is a new residential/mixed –use neighborhood located at the northeast corner of the downtown loop in Kansas City, MO. Swope Community Builders retained Pendulum Studio to design an urban master plan aimed at revitalizing this nine-block area currently dominated by surface parking lots. The first phase of this development is the East Village Apartments, a fifty-unit, four-story residential building designed to attract citizens that work within the loop to live downtown.
The exterior design aesthetic of this building is driven by the desire to diffuse the negative connotations typically associated with market rate urban housing – i.e. unsafe and low-income. The series of brick panels along the main entry façade work to establish an overall sense of security at the pedestrian level. Graceful outdoor decks on levels two through four allow residents to safely connect with the outdoors from within their living unit. The stucco reliefs set behind the brick panels are intentionally soft in color and texture adding hierarchy and shadow to the building façade.
General Project Information
Client: Swope Community Builders
Finance: U.S. Bank/MHDC
Architect: Pendulum Studio LLC
Structural: Dubois Consultants
Civil Engineer Taliaferro & Browne, Inc.
MEP Engineer: BGR Consulting Engineers
Contractor: JE Dunn
Construction on this project began in November of 2010 and is scheduled to be complete by the fall of 2011. We will post photos of the building progress on this blog monthly. If you are interested in tracking the stages of building construction please subscribe to our blog by clicking the button in the upper right column of this page.