Viktoria joins the many residential towers that were conceived as condominium projects prior to the Great Recession, then later re-purposed as an apartment play to meet the swelling demand from 20-40 year old urban professionals. In re-tooling the building, the density was increased by 70 units, and the average unit size decreased down to 706 SF/Unit. All private decks and fireplaces were eliminated in deference to enhanced socially-focused amenities. The entire roof deck is devoted to garden terraces, two resident lounges [one with exhibition cooking] and a game room.
The sleek but classic curtain wall tower is anchored to the ground plane with strong, vertical pre-cast elements that help to slenderize the tower. A layered façade comprised of a high-performance glass curtain wall is accented with metal panels and precast panels. These reach up to the sky with bold vertical architectural blades, carrying the eye to a celebratory Dawn Redwood that pokes through an oversized oculus in the cantilevered terrace roof. Bay window “pop-outs” break up the façade and provide 180 degree views from the dining rooms of east facing units. These windows were the original decks, transformed to capture additional leasable area. Scale elements in the podium at the base of the building sympathize with adjacent buildings and surrounding context, helping to blend the project into this emerging urban neighborhood.
Compact, thoughtfully designed units allow inhabitants to live large in spite of the diminutive size. Expansive walls of glass open the units to magnificent city and water views, working in tandem with open floor plans, and thoughtful attention to details and finishes. A generous amenity package is designed to foster the social networking and “hiving” that is desired by the target market.