This project began as a simple interior renovation to a three-story row house (most recent use being a bar) on Boston Street in Baltimore, Maryland. The building sits in the Historic Canton Neighborhood and was subject to architectural and community reviews. During the due diligence period, it was discovered the facade had been structurally compromised in an earlier renovation/conversion from residence to tavern.
A large glass created on the facade opens the interior workings of the hospital to the community. The solution creates two visual links; first, a view into the interior spaces and interior daily activities and second, a view from the interior out to the harbor through a view corridor created by the development across Boston Street. The existing stair, with open risers, permits light and views into the interior. The cornice, a continuous element along the block was visually strengthened and reconstructed to cap the new facade.
Materials: brick, aluminum, low-e glass, cork, stone, wood, laminate, and metal.
This project recognition as a solution that uses an economy to means to bring together the users’ and the community’s requirements with a strong contextual architectural statement connecting space and place.