glaserworks designed the rehabilitation of four buildings into eight condominium units. The historic, Italianate row houses are in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
With long, narrow spaces having windows only at the ends, light is a precious commodity in row houses. To bring light deep into the units and create a sense of openness, we defined spaces with ceiling details instead of walls. We opened stairs to allow light to filter to lower floors. Where walls are required, at the interior core of bathroom, laundry and closets, they curve to encourage light further into the interior.
Spaces are flexible and efficient. Single-story units have Murphy beds so spaces can do double-duty, a study by day, a bedroom at night. Sliding walls allow residents to modify their units, increasing or decreasing openness and privacy as desired.
Typical of urban projects, parking is one of the most difficult design problems in Over-the-Rhine. Accessed from an alley, parking occupies most of the rear portion of the site here. To alleviate the potentially negative impact of parking, we designed rear patios separated from the parking with wire mesh and vines that will one day form a verdant screen.