The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Sacramento honors Mogavero Architects and Mercy Housing California for our work on The Lohse Apartments as the 2019 Suburban Project of the Year.
The Lohse Apartments in the City of Roseville accomplishes the goals of the “Downtown Specific Plan” with new residential development, facilities to support the entertainment district, and enhancement of the civic core with restaurants, and retail. The Mercy Housing development is located on one of the catalyst sites identified by the City as priority for implementation of their Downtown Specific Plan.
The 4-story building with a total of 58 residential units sits over subterranean parking. The central outdoor court, and the first floor common area have many amenities for the residents. In addition, 2,500 square feet of commercial space is available for retail use.
The project was designed to intensify the development footprint along Vernon Street in Downtown Roseville. The design emphasizes a substantial urban scale with larger volumes and more formal brick materials. The building height along the streets is increased along Vernon and Bulen Streets to transition to a more urban district. The design diminishes in scale as it moves from Vernon Street to the alley to recognize the lower scale of the existing uses across the alley and the lowering of the land elevations towards the alley. This is accomplished by reducing the number of stories, and scale of volumes.
150 feet of the 235 linear feet of The Lohse Apartments’ frontage has commercial and active common areas, with a corner pace for outdoor café seating at the ground level. The retail spaces are set back five feet from the sidewalk with a projected canopy above to allow for outdoor sales or additional café seating. The building management office space provides excellent surveillance of the street, building access circulation and common areas.
Associated with the main entry to the residential community is space that can function for community events. This common space can be expanded to include the foyer, multipurpose room, or circulation space for special occasions such as Downtown Roseville’s monthly art event.
The residential units were designed to have maximized light quality and natural ventilation, with a large percentage of corner units. All units have mechanically augmented nighttime ventilation cooling to take advantage of the cooler nighttime summer temperatures.
The City of Roseville created a video highlighting The Lohse and further development projects, including mention of Main Street Plaza also designed by of Mogavero Architects.
Check it out here: City of Roseville Video
View our blog about the Grand Opening of The Lohse and the artwork displayed throughout the building.