A key component of the City Heights redevelopment is the six-story office building located on University Avenue. Its design reflects and responds to the context, scale and history of the existing community. The building includes continuous ground floor retail spaces, with a scale and rhythm similar to the historical retail on University and Fairmount Avenues, and aims to continue the pedestrian friendly nature of the sidewalks.
The building’s facade, which is divided into two equal parts, evokes the post-modern style. On one half of the block, the facade is solid and rectilinear with deep punched openings; on the other side, it is composed of a smooth, curved skeletal glass skin. This design visually reduces the bulk of the building’s program to smaller, comprehensible forms proportioned to the human scale.