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South Hills Retirement Residence
A 2012 Design Pittsburgh award-winning project in the category of Historic Preservation, as well as having earned a Green Design Citation, the South Hills Retirement Residence was designed by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative in collaboration with Thoughtful Balance. Photography by Denmarsh Photography.
The former South Hills High School occupies a full city block in Mount Washington. After sitting vacant for 20 years, the adaptive reuse of this prominent building creates 106 units of housing, community spaces, and 12,000 square feet of commercial space.
Well-crafted, riveted, exposed steel auditorium truss at the top floor was revealed by demolition and featured.
Interior atrium space for resident activities under construction.
Former view of the swimming pool.
The removal of the swimming pool and the creation of a garden provides a great amenity to residents. Carving the central outdoor space exposed two stories of previoulsy buried facade, bringing new activity and natural light to formerly unused spaces. Areas of the new facade were infilled with brick to complement the historic detailing, while remaining true to its own time.
Extent of selective demolition.
The transformation of paving to lawn and plantings creates a focal point for the overlooking units and is an amenity for the ground floor commercial spaces. Previously buried spaces are now connected to the outside through views, a new balcony, and a ground floor entrance to the courtyard. The new two story volume and exterior balcony connects the front entry to views of the lower yard beyond.
Large openings were constructed between floors to connect interior and exterior community spaces and to provide a focal point for resident activities. Original railings found on site were restored for reuse in the central gathering space.
The project incorporates innovative building systems including a cogeneration plant and a photo-voltaic array. These two features provide nearly 70% of the building’s power. The project received a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

A 2012 Design Pittsburgh award-winning project in the category of Historic Preservation, as well as having earned a Green Design Citation, the South Hills Retirement Residence was designed by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative in collaboration with Thoughtful Balance. Photography by Denmarsh Photography.

A 2012 Design Pittsburgh award-winning project in the category of Historic Preservation, as well as having earned a Green Design Citation, the South Hills Retirement Residence was designed by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative in collaboration with Thoughtful Balance. Photography by Denmarsh Photography.

A 2012 Design Pittsburgh award-winning project in the category of Historic Preservation, as well as having earned a Green Design Citation, the South Hills Retirement Residence was designed by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative in collaboration with Thoughtful Balance. Photography by Denmarsh Photography.

The former South Hills High School occupies a full city block in Mount Washington. After sitting vacant for 20 years, the adaptive reuse of this prominent building creates 106 units of housing, community spaces, and 12,000 square feet of commercial space.

The former South Hills High School occupies a full city block in Mount Washington. After sitting vacant for 20 years, the adaptive reuse of this prominent building creates 106 units of housing, community spaces, and 12,000 square feet of commercial space.

The former South Hills High School occupies a full city block in Mount Washington. After sitting vacant for 20 years, the adaptive reuse of this prominent building creates 106 units of housing, community spaces, and 12,000 square feet of commercial space.

Well-crafted, riveted, exposed steel auditorium truss at the top floor was revealed by demolition and featured.

Well-crafted, riveted, exposed steel auditorium truss at the top floor was revealed by demolition and featured.

Well-crafted, riveted, exposed steel auditorium truss at the top floor was revealed by demolition and featured.

Interior atrium space for resident activities under construction.

Interior atrium space for resident activities under construction.

Interior atrium space for resident activities under construction.

Former view of the swimming pool.

Former view of the swimming pool.

The removal of the swimming pool and the creation of a garden provides a great amenity to residents. Carving the central outdoor space exposed two stories of previoulsy buried facade, bringing new activity and natural light to formerly unused spaces. Areas of the new facade were infilled with brick to complement the historic detailing, while remaining true to its own time.

The removal of the swimming pool and the creation of a garden provides a great amenity to residents. Carving the central outdoor space exposed two stories of previoulsy buried facade, bringing new activity and natural light to formerly unused spaces. Areas of the new facade were infilled with brick to complement the historic detailing, while remaining true to its own time.

The removal of the swimming pool and the creation of a garden provides a great amenity to residents. Carving the central outdoor space exposed two stories of previoulsy buried facade, bringing new activity and natural light to formerly unused spaces. Areas of the new facade were infilled with brick to complement the historic detailing, while remaining true to its own time.

Extent of selective demolition.

Extent of selective demolition.

Extent of selective demolition.

The transformation of paving to lawn and plantings creates a focal point for the overlooking units and is an amenity for the ground floor commercial spaces. Previously buried spaces are now connected to the outside through views, a new balcony, and a ground floor entrance to the courtyard. The new two story volume and exterior balcony connects the front entry to views of the lower yard beyond.

The transformation of paving to lawn and plantings creates a focal point for the overlooking units and is an amenity for the ground floor commercial spaces. Previously buried spaces are now connected to the outside through views, a new balcony, and a ground floor entrance to the courtyard. The new two story volume and exterior balcony connects the front entry to views of the lower yard beyond.

The transformation of paving to lawn and plantings creates a focal point for the overlooking units and is an amenity for the ground floor commercial spaces. Previously buried spaces are now connected to the outside through views, a new balcony, and a ground floor entrance to the courtyard. The new two story volume and exterior balcony connects the front entry to views of the lower yard beyond.

Large openings were constructed between floors to connect interior and exterior community spaces and to provide a focal point for resident activities. Original railings found on site were restored for reuse in the central gathering space.

Large openings were constructed between floors to connect interior and exterior community spaces and to provide a focal point for resident activities. Original railings found on site were restored for reuse in the central gathering space.

Large openings were constructed between floors to connect interior and exterior community spaces and to provide a focal point for resident activities. Original railings found on site were restored for reuse in the central gathering space.

The project incorporates innovative building systems including a cogeneration plant and a photo-voltaic array. These two features provide nearly 70% of the building’s power. The project received a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The project incorporates innovative building systems including a cogeneration plant and a photo-voltaic array. These two features provide nearly 70% of the building’s power. The project received a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The project incorporates innovative building systems including a cogeneration plant and a photo-voltaic array. These two features provide nearly 70% of the building’s power. The project received a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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June @ the AIA

Summer starts with a few tours and a few free webinars, Join YAF to visit The River House, or attend the next AIA+2030 session and tour Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, a 2015 Design Pittsburgh award-winning project. Looking forward, stay tuned for Design Pittsburgh related announcements in the upcoming weeks and months, including submission categories and the Young Architects Studio Competition. Finally, do you have a new project or interest to share? Consider submitting to present at PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh, Vol. 24 on July 14. Proposals are due on July 6.  Free membership for New Grads! Are you a recent graduate of a NAAB-Accredited architecture program? Than you are eligible for up to 18 months of free membership with the...

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