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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: Mosaic June 2009

Nolen Shores Condominiums

Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Architect: Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc.
Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. and Krupp Construction Company (Build Out Contractor)

This urban redevelopment project is located in a residential and pedestrian-oriented neighborhood on the edge of downtown Madison. The one acre infill project site is bordered by two city streets, an active railway and two adjacent multifamily properties. The existing site conditions include a change in grades and specimen oak trees more than one hundred years old.

The high-density luxury residential development is sensitive and compatible with the existing neighborhood while maximizing views of the State Capitol, Lake Monona and Lake Mendota. It offers a variety in residential unit types and price points and includes superior common amenities for resident use.

An open landscaped plaza “green roof” is above the connected parking deck between the townhouses and tower and yet still offers a sense of privacy. The configuration of the living units is organized around a central core.

The tower building has 58 luxury condominium units ranging from one-bedroom units to three-bedroom penthouse units and eight two-bedroom townhouse units; the unit sizes range from 1,000 square feet to more than 3,500 square feet. The individual units feature open, flexible floor plans that emphasize internal vistas and visual connections between spaces, as well as extending views of the lake, capitol and cityscape.

The exterior incorporates massing that is eroded and stepped to fit into the context of the neighborhood. The shape of the building footprint and tower with its gentle curved front, projection and recesses allows residents panoramic views of both the lake and Capitol. The design of the concrete structure allowed maximization of the cantilever of floor slabs so that each unit can have a large private outdoor terrace. The exterior material palette includes brick, teal metal panels and glass curtain wall systems. The concrete balconies echo the building geometry and feature stainless steel railing and cable system to extend views from the interior space.

Photography: Skot Weidemann Photography

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