Bright Common

Bright Common

Philadelphia, PA


Slough House

Like many north Philadelphia neighborhoods that still host vacant lots, this site is one where new, residential development is beginning to boom. To begin the process of designing a 2,500 sf speculative rowhome, a simple question was asked; how can this home not conform to the swath of characterless, new homes breaking ground close by? The ‘how to’ list began; use one material well, push the limits of the Philadelphia zoning code that belabors innovative design approaches, create exterior spaces that can be used with a degree of privacy, and lastly keep the pushing and pulling simple. Sheathed in Cor-Ten steel, this rowhome takes its cue from a more rustic, romantic modernism as its rusty patina glows in a neighborhood of ever-changing new and old. An exercise in interior and exterior relationships created an exterior massing that represents an extrusion of what’s within. Great collaboration with Toner Architects.

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Status: Built
Location: Philadelphia, PA, US
Firm Role: Exterior Designer
Additional Credits: Toner Architects : Architect