243 SoMa

A repeat client approached us to redesign a previous effort aiming to reduce the program, footprint and construction cost. As a result of a two day charrette, the design re-imagined our previous scheme into a mixed use housing development.

In an underdeveloped neighborhood in downtown York, PA, this building is meant to act as a catalyst at the end of the street, encouraging development along this underused corridor. The ground floor program included lease-able restaurant space, an art gallery and outdoor space along the creek. This ground floor public program is intended to activate this end of the block and encourage community interaction.

The upper 4 floors consist of alternating one and two floor market rate units for rent, creating a rhythm of high and low across the facade. The building culminates in a rooftop deck and cafe, giving patrons a new view across this part of the city.