Modern luxury, historic community

Griewe Development Group, 2770 Observatory

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Cincinnati, Ohio | 143,000 SF

A thoughtful layout harnesses the hidden strengths of a quirky urban site in a walkable neighborhood.

Recognized by the American Planning Association as one of the ‘Great Neighborhoods in America’, Cincinnati’s Hyde Park is a vibrant, walkable residential district dating to 1892. Churches, parks, schools, and some of the city’s most desirable single-family homes line its gracious avenues, yet multi-family buildings with modern amenities are in short supply.

Walk radius studies
Traffic studies inform porte-cochere while units are laid out to advantage of views.

Nestled into an irregular site, 2770’s layout maximizes a variety of views. The Z-shape of the building creates offset corners and unique, light-filled interior spaces, sheltered balconies, and dramatic exterior sightlines. Recalling the grand luxury of 19th century mansions, 2770’s port-cochere (covered entry) capitalizes on the neighborhood’s walkability: It establishes an exclusive, private entrance away from street traffic, offers protection from wet weather, and creates a short cut for residents heading to the shops and restaurants on nearby Hyde Park Square.

Private and semi-private patios, street level units with walk-out porches, and terraced landscaping help keep this distinctive residence grounded in the neighborhood.

Site plan showing porte-cochére connection
Z-shape layout takes advantage of unique site.

Material selections were inspired by, and relate to, the immediate neighborhood. The palette of warm stone, texture, and accents of ipe serve as a clean and contemporary response to the area’s established homes and commercial buildings. The use of traditional materials like stone and wood create a warm and contemporary interpretation of multi-family living that integrates well into this historic neighborhood.