Less Carbon, More Connection
Bridging the Gap Development, Fifth & Dinwiddie West
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Pittsburgh, PA | 190,000 SF
Supporting health and wellbeing of its residents, the neighborhood, and the city of Pittsburgh, Fifth & Dinwiddie West models a multipronged approach to sustainable design. A mixed-use, mixed-income development (including a substantial number of affordable units), its Passive House design will save energy, carbon, and money while increasing the comfort of its residents.
With distinctive materials and folds, Fifth & Dinwiddie West doesn’t pretend to be historical, but its color palette—cool grey corrugated metal and warm, wood-finished phenolic panels (environmentally friendly, composite panels)—are in dialogue with its historic context.
The building’s location and form—two stacks of housing, joined by a pedestrian bridge—create vital community and transportation hubs. Located next to a Bus Rapid Transit Station, it connects residents to jobs in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. At the same time, the building links Uptown and the Hill District, creating a flexible, civic plaza. Designed for community use, “Our Way” can function as a farmers’ market, a waterpark, an outdoor music venue, or whatever the community desires.
Warm and bright, the apartment design maximizes living space while natural materials and well-crafted details confer an artisanal feel on residences. Residents enjoy great amenities, including an easily accessible fitness room and a rooftop terrace with an indoor kitchenette and lounge – the perfect place to host barbecues or movie nights.
Rather than mimicking its historic context, Fifth & Dinwiddie West’s folded façade creates a contemporary contrast that enhances its surroundings. At the same time, the building pays homage to its community with public art celebrating the neighborhood’s rich history of musicians, photographers, and artists.