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lt. to rt.: first, second, third floors

To enliven the elevations, DeFreitas conceived them as "innies and outies, like bellybuttons." The glass bays are opaque on the bottom and clear on the top.

Businesses occupy the first floor of five of the buildings, providing another layer of eyes for security during the day. Sidewalk plantings and elevated stoops help to keep the street facades friendly.

Wood floors, stairs, and doors create a warm counterpoint to the exposed concrete tilt-up walls, which sped up the construction process and are virtually maintenancefree forever. The open floor plan lets daylight penetrate from front to back.

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