Mixed-use “blocks” concept

Written by: Chad Glenn
3ten Studio “blocks” are a mid-range, infill, multifamily, mixed-use, building/complex. That is a mouthful, as it should be. This project packs a lot of punch into a compact space.

At 1600sf per floor, our blocks offer more than just unparalleled efficiency. Examples includes a variety of outdoor spaces and not-your-average glazing. The building’s stairwell is interior and thus semi-private and secure. The stair doubles as a light shaft allowing the sun to filter into the interior of each floor and, at the same time, increase circulation when windows are open. In fact, units in a block are designed to take full advantage of the Kansas winds to passively cool the spaces using windows on all sides as well as high windows in the stairwell.

There are three units per building with room for a carport/garage at ground level. The unit is based on a 40’x40’x40′ cube resting atop a concrete base. The structural spans are less than 16 feet while keeping all the spaces column-free. Depending on location there is opportunity for a small retail/office space creating a live/work arrangement within the same building. This space can also be utilized as a shared community room/workout facility or management office for a larger complex.

The living room and dining room have their own balcony and the two bedrooms open up to a shared patio space that also connects to the entrance. This means every space that you regularly occupy has direct access to an outdoor space. The windowed walls to the balcony spaces are designed to open up and blur the line between outside and in.

Landscaping exists in the form of planters at the balcony location, allowing extra privacy, a chance to give some green back to the environment and a yet another way to bring the outdoors in to you.

This unique concept will make your site attractive to just the right residents. Call or email me so we can start making your dreams a reality.

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