The predicted population growth and increased demand for affordable housing are driving the need for low-rise, high-density housing options in Minneapolis.
The LRHD study included reviewing existing zoning codes to determine what degree of density was feasible.
The LRHD study demonstrated how the 40-units-per-acre density could be achieved while respecting the human scale of an existing residential neighborhood.
Green roofs, private courtyards, a green alley and shared public green space break up the massing of building forms.
Every residential unit has direct access to green space.
First-floor apartments have private garden courtyards.
Second-floor apartments have roof decks.
Green spaces, such as this private courtyard, provide residents with various ways to connect with nature, visually and physically.
Terraces adjoining units on the top floor extend living space to the outdoors.
A green alley promotes walking and biking over the use of cars.
Tree-lined walkways promote pedestrian movement to and through the site.
The LRHD study shows how an atypical, aggregated site could be developed to achieve density and affordability goals while enhancing the attributes of a walkable residential neighborhood.