As originally reported in the Inspire, Volume 8 - BSB Design Annual Magazine, We Are Stellar Designs' parent company, SouthPark Interiors is featured in the Modern Art Deco article. Here is an excerpt for your reading pleasure!
Details can take a multifamily building from a place to live to a place to call home. These projects prove that protecting the budget for design elements goes a long way, especially in for-rent properties. In many large-scale rental projects, it can be easy to cut out detailing to save.
At Gather Uptown, the bustle of college life in Greenville, North Carolina, is in full swing. Featuring over 400 beds and enhanced amenity spaces, including a 100 -bike storage area with two repair stations, the project achieves a new standard in student housing. This vibrant community addition also reflects a bit of history.
Early site visits proved inspirational as the team took design cues from the art deco stylings of a 1960's era bus station occupying the project location. The vision for the building that would take its place incorporated the iconic blue exterior accent color juxtaposed with white panels, harkening back to the days of Greyhounds rolling in to gather their riders. Michael Tripodi, project architect with BSB Design, explained, "Stacked forms in simple linear patterns define the facade, including glass block windows in the stairwell - the same as those used in the old bus station. The style's verticality is achieved with central height detail on each module, creating an undulating roofline that extends to the precast panels on the attached parking structure."
This art deco-inspired student housing building took its design direction from the 1960s bus station that previously occupied the site. A modern art deco style is evident throughout the whole building, beginning with the stylistic community sign. White panels with contrasting blue accent color add dimension and curiosity to the exterior. Along with architectural details, the design team focused on communal spaces and how they might be used by residents, which informed the plan design. The outdoor living space transitions smoothly into the integrated clubhouse via large glass overhead doors. A study area provides different communal study spots as well as fully equipped computers when students need a change of scenery from their laptops. Upstairs on the rooftop patio, residents can access a life-sized chess board, beautiful views of Eastern Carolina University and plenty of space to enjoy the fresh air.
Project: Gather Uptown. Location: Greenville, NC. Developer: Real Development Corporation. Architect: BSB Design. Engineer: Jordan & Skala Engineers. Land Planner: BSB Design. Landscape Architect: ViZ Design. Interior Design: SouthPark Interiors. Photographer: Jacob Sharp Photo