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Sheridan Street Housing

Interface Studio, Ryker/Nave Design

Project Name

Sheridan Street Housing


  • May Narisaranukul, Ryan Keerns, David Williams and Lara Zeigler
  • Rose Gray

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Project Description

2007 RADA
On The Boards / Merit

Our judges gave Interface Studio kudos for the overall strength of this project, but what really impressed them was how the firm arranged the townhomes on a long city block. It solves “the problem of how to ‘densify' the alley” and does so with “pretty cool architecture,” said one judge.

Located on an abandoned 38.5-foot-by-436-foot site in Philadelphia, Sheridan Street Housing consists of 13 subsidized, sustainable, semi-detached homes that will be sold for a below-market price of about $145,000 each. Finding an economical way to build them was important, says Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP, but the project also had to fit in with the adjacent homes and planned developments. To help keep construction costs low, Phillips' team chose prefabricated materials and simple volumes. “We tried to pull money out of the building and put it into [sustainable] features” such as responsibly harvested wood, products made with high recycled content, and equipment aimed at reducing energy bills, he explains.

To maintain the townhouse typology of the neighborhood, the firm rotated the 16-foot-by-35-foot houses and arranged them in an interlocking pattern, creating much-needed open spaces and parking. It “takes a problematic scene and develops an answer,” said one judge.
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