American Institute of Architects | CT Chapter
Award for Design Excellence
NAIOP Connecticut & Suburban NY
CT Project of the Year
Commercial Real Estate Women | CT
Blue Ribbon Award
This urban infill mixed-use project in the Washington Street Historic District in South Norwalk, Connecticut, has played a critical role in stabilizing a neighborhood in decline. The program included 108 rental apartments, amenities for those apartments, and 18,000 sqft of office, retail and restaurant space. The project provided enhanced connectivity between the historic district that had been created and revitalized in 1983, and the Maritime Aquarium that had been built as another component of an urban revitalization project at that time. A 230 space precast parking structure is hidden from public view.
The place-making aspect of this project has succeeded in offering a reason to visit this district that had been trending downward. On the ground level restaurants, a juice bar and a yoga studio open to a courtyard that has become a vital new place in the community. The architecture of the courtyard echoes the scale and character of the historic district. The fountain crafted from recycled granite is a central feature of the courtyard, and a center of activity. The place is full of life, and the goal of endowing it with energy is being realized.