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Aeon The Rose Mixed-Income Housing

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    • Overview

      Featured as an Urban Land Institute (ULI) case study, the Rose transforms a blighted urban intersection into an innovative mixed-use, mixed-income complex focused on high performance.

      Part of a larger development project being realized through a partnership between Aeon and Hope Community, the Rose includes 47 affordable and 43 market rate apartments, underground parking, outdoor spaces designed for a variety of activities, and an urban garden that will offer community food production programming for the greater neighborhood. The brownfield site was cleaned and restored as a beacon within one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Using the Living Building Challenge as a framework in the design process, the designers and clients placed equal emphasis on providing equity and beauty, meeting the 2030 goals for reducing energy 70% below baseline and water use as much as practical and honoring a state funding mandate of $122/sf as a construction cost target. The design incorporates many small measures that add up to significant sustainable gains without costing a lot of money.

      Learn more by following this link to the Case Study by the Parsons School of Design.

    • orange and white color blocks establish the identity of the project
    • eventually an urban garden will offer community food production programming for the greater neighborhood
    • the design is unified throughout the block, recognizable from each intersection
    • the first floor offers communal areas for relaxing and gathering
    • units offer views of Downtown Minneapolis and the surrounding neighborhood
    • Specifications

      Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Type: New Construction

      Size: 145,000 sf

    • Awards & Recognition

      ULI Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award.

      AIA Minnesota Honor Award.

      Environmental Initiatives Award, Energy & Climate category.

      Featured in Architectural Record, “Healthy Materials,” by Katharine Logan, June 2016.

    • Project Contact

      Paul C.N. Mellblom

      • Architect / Principal
      • paul@msrdesign.com
      • 612 209 7787
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      Rhys MacPherson

      • Designer / Senior Associate
      • rhys@msrdesign.com
      • 612 360 0196
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