Dave Reid

1530 North Jackson a Dingbat?

By - Dec 17th, 2007 07:47 pm
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On the surface the 1530 North Jackson project seemed to be an appealing development because it was designed by the award winning Studio Dwell Architects out of Chicago and the project slightly improves the density in the neighborhood. Clearly attempting to fit a four story, six unit condominium project onto a small lot is a challenging effort and the design also needed to address neighborhood complaints about its density, style and potential parking problems. It appears the parking issue is managed by the design and the increase in density is very slight so the impact to the neighborhood should be minimized. Unfortunately the design looks to be a new spin on the Dingbat style all be it with parking along the side. The failure of this design isn’t in the quality of materials, slope of the roof, lack of parking, or density, the failure is that it doesn’t properly address the street. For the most part this design turns its back on the street, with much of the building facing the street being solid walls. It’s possible the design images don’t do the project justice and maybe the windows shown will do enough to connect the building to the street but clearly Studio Dwell Architects can do better.You can follow this development through the a flickr set, 1530 North Jackson that will be updated with new pictures to keep track its progress.

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