18th street studiosproject team
AIA Central Oklahoma Excellence in Design – Citation Award
AIA Central States Region Excellence in Design – Architecture Honor
ArchDaily “18th Street Studios / Fitzsimmons Architects”
18th Street Studios is a 3-story loft-style apartment concept that embraces the true nature of open-concept living. The only built-in walls, cabinetry, and fixtures are in the kitchen and bath cores which allow tenants to configure their spaces to fit their own needs or desires using prefabricated storage and wall modules. Although all units have the same kitchen and bath core, the living and patio spaces vary among units creating subtly individual apartments. The Studios provide a lesson that modularity, efficiency and economy can be something inspiring and thought-provoking. Polished concrete floors and floor to ceiling windows add to the openness of each unit. Large patios provide an indoor/outdoor living opportunity in each unit. The interior palette is minimal, including the use of stained subfloor decking.
18th Street is the axis to Oklahoma City’s premier arts and sciences high school. The Studios are inspired by the notion that a well-designed apartment can be art. Exterior materials were inspired from the neighboring structures and enhanced with complimentary finishes forming a modern reinterpretation of the traditional urban apartment house. Elements of the surrounding brick buildings with flat roofs and large patios are configured into new forms, expressive of today, while respectful the past. The mix of masonry and minimal metal cladding expresses the modern structure within the context of its traditional masonry neighbors.