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The Design Pittsburgh People's Choice Award is your opportunity to weigh in on some of the recently designed (or redesigned) places and spaces in our community. Architecture is a part of our daily environment and we want to hear from you what good design means to you.
As you look through the projects submitted, ask yourself: Does the project inspire you? Would you enjoy spending time in that space? How does the project enhance or serve our community?
Dedicated to the principle that there is no conflict between affordability, historic preservation, and quality design, Willkommen on Vine delivers equity to a population that is often excluded from the dignity, functionality, and delight of good design.
Part of the largest addition of affordable housing in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district in decades, the building strikes up a playful dialogue with its historic context. Slipping into a surface lot (a legacy of economic disinvestment), the building reinforces the density, vibrancy, and commercial activity that make its neighborhood great.
Celebrated for its striking brick geometry—a modern take on its neighbor’s historic oriels—its undulating façade floats above a glass storefront, providing privacy and letting in daylight for residents while enriching the street life below. A marriage of craft and technology—the mason’s hand + AR goggles—this distinctly contemporary feature helps residents appreciate the ongoing and dynamic history of Over-the-Rhine.
Category: Medium Architecture
Architecture Firm: GBBN
Project Team: Chad Burke, AIA; Mary Jo Minerich; Blaise Durio, AIA; Amanda Markovic, AIA; Chas Wiederhold; Doug Richards, FAIA; Steve Kenat, AIA; Anne Chen, AIA
Client: Model Group
Contractor: Model Construction, Brian Ross - Contractor
Engineers: Engineered Building Systems, Brandon Olson - MEP Engineer; Bayer Becker, Mike Dooley - Civil Engineer; Schaefer, Doug Steimle - Structural Engineer
Photographer: Ryan Kurtz Photography
Consultants: Sol Design Consulting, Sanyog Rathod - LEED Consultant