Little Rock Neighborhood Draws Winning Design from Architects

by George Waldon  on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 12:00 am  

To the south of these homes is a trio of three-story models with 1,000-1,250 SF. The placement of these “tower” houses is offset relative to the northern neighbors. On the south end of the property are four, two-story models with 1,100-1,300 SF under roof.

Between this quartet and the tower houses is a playground and common area, which functions as a shared lawn linking private and public space. The houses also sport an array of balconies, porch and decks.

“As far as interior space and exterior space, we’ve really tried to tie it all together,” Luoni said. “We think it would be a good template for middle- to upper middle-income buyers. Good design is portable from one income level to another.

“The pocket house model was important. It really stretches the living space. We thought this would be a really nice galvanizing project for the Pettaway neighborhood.”

The boundaries of the neighborhood are Interstate 630 on the north, Interstate 30 on the east, Roosevelt Road on the south and Broadway on the west. The area includes the Governor’s Mansion and part of the Quapaw Quarter.

The Pettaway Neighborhood Association dates back to July 1994 when it was formed as the East Broadway Association. The name was changed in 2003 in honor of a former resident, Rev. Charles D. Pettaway (1886-1968).

The Rock Street Pocket Housing site has awaited redevelopment for more than a decade since a tornado finished off several dilapidated houses on the property.

The topography of the land makes dealing with stormwater runoff an important development consideration. The design outlines a system of bioswales and rain gardens, gently sloped, open channels of greenery; permeable weirs, pervious paving and more to address treatment, filtration and infiltration issues.

Pooling the mixture of public, private and nonprofit players to advance the project and amass the needed funds is expected to begin in earnest in the coming months.

Rock Street Pocket Housing Project Team

University of Arkansas Community Design Center: Stephen Luoni, director; Jeffrey E. Huber, assistant director; Cory Amos and James Coldiron, project designers

UACDC Students: Brendan Boatright, William Bobo, Suzana Christmann, Jeremy Goucher, Ginger Hefner, Michael Lyons, Akihiro Moriya, Carson Nelsen and Cesar Augusto Larrain Vaca

 

 

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