An eclectic neighborhood just off the beaten track of downtown Santa Rosa welcomes a nicely scaled housing project to what is currently a vacant lot.
A VIBRANT AND EVOLVING DOWNTOWN
Art House will be the first urban infill mixed-use project built in Downtown Santa Rosa in many years. The project will bring critically needed housing to the City’s walkable, transit-friendly center with a myriad of choices nearby for dining, shopping and entertainment. Located on the fringe of the residential Cherry Street Historic District, the building’s ground floor art gallery and public art displays will enliven the streetscape and create a new hub of activities for the neighborhood.
APPEALING AND FLEXIBLE OPTIONS
The four-story building contains 21 residential units with a mix of studios and two-bedroom apartments. The units are designed with flexibility in mind and can accommodate long-term residents as well as professionals and traveling workers who need short term homes. Every unit has floor to ceiling storefront glazing which brings expansive light, views and natural ventilation into the living spaces. High ceilings, balconies, large kitchens with bar seating and in-unit laundry round out the key amenities of the units.
SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION STRATEGIES
Typical “podium-style” apartment buildings employ concrete construction on the ground floor with either wood or metal framing for the upper residential floors. Art House features a unique and economical structural system on the ground floor that mixes typical wood framing with steel moment frames. The emerging technology of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) offers opportunities for off-site fabrication and quick installation on site. Structural strength as well as strong acoustic and fire-resistive properties are additional benefits offered by this sustainable building system. The exposed timber will serve as the finished ceiling for the ground floor – revealing the beautiful and functional building structure to all visitors and residents.
Breaking ground in early 2019, Art House will soon be open, offering new living and cultural opportunities to Downtown Santa Rosa.
Client: Hugh Futrell Corporation
Budget: $8 M