Launch Slideshow

the gateway, baltimore

campus housing / merit

the gateway, baltimore

campus housing / merit

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    2009 RTKL.com/David Whitcomb

    Glass walls overhang a central courtyard, simultaneously creating openness and a sense of boundary. The studio tower (left side of image) overlooks a highway.

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    2009 RTKL.com/David Whitcomb

    The drum-shaped fritted glass façade is a fitting landmark for a tough urban site bisected by two major highways. The cloistered organization opens to a street-level plaza and cafe, helping to reinvigorate the adjacent neighborhoods.

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    2009 RTKL.com/David Whitcomb

    From their perch in the studio tower, artists work in full view of passersby on the highway below.

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    Paul Burk Photography

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    RTKL Associates

    The project’s first-floor plan. The dorm corridors are single-loaded to encourage social interaction: Students must walk around the interior courtyard to get to their rooms. Art studios anchor one end of each floor.

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    RTKL Associates

    The project’s third-floor plan.

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    RTKL Associates

    The project’s sixth-floor plan.

rtkl associates, baltimore and london

project architects: Mark Kendall, AIA, LEED AP, and Shawn Reichart, AIA, LEED AP, RTKL Associates;
general contractor: Eric Heartlove, The Whiting–Turner Contracting Co., Baltimore;
landscape architects: Julie Higgins, ASLA, Hord Coplan Macht, Baltimore, and Jonna Lazarus, ASLA, Lazarus Design Associates, Baltimore;
mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural engineer: James Stewart, RTKL Associates;
lighting designer: Glenn Shrum, IALD, Flux Studio, Baltimore;
project size: 600 square feet to 900 square feet per unit;
site size: 0.75 acre;
construction cost: $255 per square foot;
units in project: 63;
photography: 2009 RTKL.com/David Whitcomb, except where noted.

product specs
bathroom fittings: American Standard, TOTO USA; bathroom and kitchen fixtures: Delta Faucet Co.; bathroom and kitchen cabinets: Arpa Industriale; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Dal-Tile Corp.; hardware: Schlage Lock Co.; hvac equipment: Hydro-Air Components (Rittling); kitchen fittings: Elkay USA; lighting fixtures: Paramount Industries; oven/range: Electrolux Home Products (Tappan); paints/stains/wall finishes: The Sherwin-Williams Co.; refrigerator: Electrolux Home Products (Frigidaire); roofing: American Hydrotech; windows: Pioneer Window Manufacturing Co.