821 Flats will create a place to call home for 57 individuals living with mental illness. The new housing community is located on Ezzard Charles Drive in the West End, near Over-the-Rhine.
821 Flats is a collaborative effort between Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, who is developing the project, and Tender Mercies, who will own and operate the facility.
The new housing community is designed to support the mission of Tender Mercies – “To provide housing for people with mental illness that ensures safety and security, while allowing residents to develop personal, social, and economic strengths as they live in an environment that offers a sense of family, yet affirms the individual.”
Our architects studied the effects that mental illness has on the daily lives of individuals (many of whom become homeless) as well as their families and caregivers. We realized people with mental illness thrive in an environment that is comfortable and calming.
With this insight, we created an architectural design inspired by Asian and Craftsman Style influences to foster a peaceful, meditative living environment.
We designed the building in a U-shape which creates an enclosed courtyard garden. This garden will provide an outdoor, contemplative place for residents. In the interior of the building we designed some community spaces where residents can engage with others in a comfortable setting. The building design has stained wood doors and trim as well as other warm features to give residents a sense of being “at home”.