Private Oasis

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Project Narrative

The Private Oasis project was a newly designed multi-family housing development in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The multi-unit housing presented was designed in a cluster orientation of modular units with two types of modular units. One modular unit contains three levels with one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom units while the other modular units contain four levels with studios, one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom units. The primary goal for this design was for each unit to have a personal external relief space.

Within an urban setting like Cincinnati, there is a strong encouragement for increasing resident’s connection to nature. The design worked to increase the amount of landscaped areas and the number of trees around and within each unit. To bring more residents outdoors, all circulation paths are external and surround each residential modular unit. The scaffolding-like circulation paths would incorporate plants on the railings and posts increasing the natural exposure to the residents.

Aside from relief spaces attached to each unit, there are other more public spaces throughout the housing complex. At ground level, there is extensive lawn space for both the residents and non-residents to enjoy. On each elevated platform, there are public, but more private, relief spaces for residents to enjoy. The incorporation of relief spaces within the proposed multi-family housing design will offer opportunities for both those within the community and residents to interact. This can help create more welcoming and diverse groups into the city of Cincinnati. Also, the increased amount of public spaces can improve the community experience of downtown Cincinnati.


Project Details

Submission Category

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Date of Completion

April, 2021

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