Modern luxury, historic community
Griewe Development Group, 2770 Observatory
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Cincinnati, Ohio | 143,000 SF
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.
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.
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.