We are pleased to continue an enduring relationship with Western Reserve Academy by performing a feasibility study for faculty housing. Located on undeveloped land on north campus, the study investigates the buildable potential of property in a picturesque setting between an existing farmhouse, a wooded area and practice fields. Options explore the potential density for immediate and future construction, massing, and probable infrastructure improvements. Ultimately, two options are being considered for development: a rural farmhouse-inspired duplex and a three-unit loft solution based upon a barn concept. Both options take advantage of the rural surroundings, views, and connection to the outdoors with generous window walls and exterior entertainment areas. Materials are anticipated to be consistent with the western reserve architecture prevalent on the historic WRA campus and downtown Hudson.
The duplex concept features a traditional two-story floor plan arrangement with public and living spaces on the first floor and three bedrooms, two bathrooms and laundry on the second floor. A common open porch and courtyard serves as the entries bookended between parking plazas. Covered parking is achieved by an existing structure adjacent to the duplex.
The barn-inspired solution features three stories of living space vertically connected by open lofts. It is situated on a change of grade elevation to take advantage of the lower level for parking and the main level for the living spaces and outdoor areas. The upper level comprises of the sleeping areas and takes advantage of the exposed saltbox roof geometry and views to the floors below and the outdoors.