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Residential building, Memphis, Tenn.

Photo: Hank Mardukas
Photo: Hank Mardukas

Archimania designed a residential project in Memphis, Tenn., on an irregular infill site. A railroad overpass runs over the east corner of the property, making the buildable space triangular.

To make the most of the triangular site, archimania massed the building in two pieces: a large, main volume and circulation wing. Its footprint is T-shaped. The top of the T is the main volume, which runs northeast/southwest. The circulation wing is perpendicular to the main volume, like the stem of the T. It houses an elevator tower and runs out the back of the building in a northwest/southeast direction. Positioning the circulation wing perpendicular to the main volume maximizes interior space, takes advantage of the triangular shaped lot and provides lateral stability for the four-story residence.

The lot was carved from a development that includes an office and townhome building in a repurposed warehouse. Archimania used the building materials to connect the design to its urban and industrial location and identify interior functions.

Rust-colored weathering steel and dark gray vertical standing seam panels give the residence an industrial appearance. The weathering steel clads the main volume and the standing seam panels clad the circulation wing and master suite on the fourth floor. The main volume is articulated with a series of large-scale carvings with balconies and windows. The massing of the building and materials also reflect the scales of surrounding industrial architecture.

A building’s main volume rests on a ground-face, masonry base. It has 3,750 square feet of conditioned space and 1,068 square feet of unconditioned, covered space. On the ground floor, there’s a garage and office space. The second floor suite is used by the owner’s mother and her caregiver. Living space and a kitchen are on the third floor, and the master suite is on the fourth floor.

Boshco Custom Sheet Metal LLC installed 3,329 square feet of Western States Metal Roofing’s 22-gauge corrugated Corten steel wall panels. Additionally, it installed 1,508 square feet of Petersen Aluminum Corp.’s 24-gauge standing seam panels in Charcoal. The $960,000 project was completed in January 2017.