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The Melrose Apartments

The interlacing, necklace-like form of the Melrose Apartments began with the idea of providing a network of shared amenities and services to better foster connections between residents. 5 circular joints located at the site’s corners act as the charms on the necklace housing the various shared amenities and the main stairs and elevators. These shared spaces vary from laundry, maintenance, and daycare services to more luxurious amenities such as gyms, libraries, and offices. The 9-story apartment building consists of 270 units making up the shifting bars that connect the joints. The building encourages sharing on a smaller scale providing each bar of units with a ten-foot-wide outdoor corridor with the aim of doubling as a front lawn space for each cluster of units. On the unit scale, sharing can be found in the various ‘dorm style’ apartment types containing anywhere from 5 to 6 bedrooms allowing for the Melrose Apartments to sleep a projected number of 720 residents.