Eco Modern Flats
Merit Award 2012
Chris M. Baribeau, AIA
Austin Chatelain, Assoc. AIA [project manager]
Chris M. Lankford
Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA
Jason Wright, Assoc. AIA
Myers-Beatty Engineers [structural]
HP Engineering INC. [mep]
Eco Flats, LLC – owner/contractor
theH7group – construction manager
Town Builders, Inc. – site contractor
This project rediscovers spaces in a palette of steel and cedar to breathe new life into an otherwise banal, layered construction system. The four existing apartment buildings, constructed between 1968-1972, have great bones of precast concrete and split face block but were drastically lacking in thermal, environmental, and aesthetic qualities. The entire complex’s visual presence has been transformed.
The stasis of the existing apartment units and the disconnect of the buildings from the inherent site amenities required architecture that performs tectonically and compositionally. By creating elegant armatures combining smart and low-tech sustainable design solutions we overhauled the living systems of each unit and heightened the livable experience. The existing topography and forgotten residual spaces between the buildings have were optimized into various courtyard spaces as well as public and private terraces, patios, and rooftop decks. Each of these spaces are delineated by a kit-of-parts panel system combining the modern durability of steel with the natural warmth of cedar. The interiors were refined as blank canvases upon which people can insert their lives within the efficient 600 SF one bedroom apartments. Quality millwork, concrete countertops and polished concrete floors provide durable, clean, and sustainable finishes complimenting a thoughtfully fresh color palette. A central multivalent wall articulates space while simultaneously serving the kitchen, living and bedroom spaces with storage, light and a 180° rotating TV module.
The communicative and decidedly simple design has reinvented this place as a sustainable living community ideally located adjacent to the University of Arkansas, Dickson Street Entertainment District and Downtown Fayetteville.