Thin Flats

Philadelphia, PA United States


Project Description

2009 RADA

Single-Family Production / Attached / Merit

Design/build firm PLUMBOB LLC subdivided two vacant city lots and inserted these eight condos that blend contemporary interiors with energy-efficient, sustainable living. The two-level units have light-filled, open floor plans and private outdoor spaces in the rear and on the roof. “The condos only measure 18 feet wide, but open spaces were achieved through glass floors and changes in texture,” says Howard Steinberg, AIA. An eclectic materials list—including tigerwood, solid surface, and bamboo—also helps.

Slated for LEED Platinum approval, the project includes such green features as a sod roof, a water collection system, and solar hot water collectors. It's “got a lot going on for a simple spec townhouse project,” said a judge.


Project Details

Thin Flats
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Project Team:
    Howard Steinberg, Principal In Charge.
  • Project Designer: Tim McDonald 
  • General Contractor: Howard Steinberg 
  • Lead consultant: Sam Klein 
  • Photography: Tim McDonald 

Specified Products

Bathroom Fittings: Caroma USA, Liz Kinder Ceramics; Bathroom Fixtures: Grohe America, Kohler Co., MTI Whirlpools; Bathroom Cabinets: Christopher Kircher Design by Process; Ceiling Fans: The Modern Fan Co.; Countertops: DuPont (Corian), Lamacraft; Dishwasher: Fagor America; Doors, Windows: JELD-WEN; Exterior Siding: James Hardie Building Products, Trespa North America; Flooring (Ceramic Tile/Stone/Concrete): Glassar S.R.L. (Trilogika), LAUFEN USA; Flooring (Wood): EcoTimber; Garbage Disposer: In-Sink-Erator; Hardware: Omnia Industries; HVAC Equipment: LAARS Heating Systems Co.; Kitchen Cabinets: MODULNOVA s.r.l.; Kitchen Fittings: Elkay USA; Kitchen Fixtures: Grohe America; Lighting Control: Colorado Net; Lighting Fixtures: EGLO USA, Forecast, LBL Lighting; Oven/Range: Jenn-Air; Paints/Stains/wall Finishes: Duron Paints & Wallcoverings; Refrigerator: The Liebherr Group; Roofing: CertainTeed Corp.; Skylight/Roof Windows: Wasco Products; Solar Energy System: Chromagen, Hickory Ridge Construction Services; Ventilation System: Fantech



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