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OKC Oculus Provides Center of Multifamily Home

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Oklahoma City is getting its own moon—or, rather, a moon-shaped oculus that will be front and center for a new multifamily housing unit in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.

Rand Elliott, of Elliott + Associates Architects, devised a design that will give each of the 10 residencies in the building access to the massive window space, opting for the circular opening 42 feet in diameter over smaller, individual windows.

“I set about to try to design something that would be distinctive, a landmark and a real attraction to a certain group of people who want to live around creative and artistic people,” Elliott said.

The Apartments

Elliott had to experiment with the design of the 37-foot by 140-foot property. Each residence in the four-story building will have a unique layout, borne out of the necessity for each to have access to the oculus.

Elliott says that each unit has a 180-degree view. Such a design required close discussion with the fire marshal, and resulted in a bridge spanning the upper level of the oculus in order to provide an additional exit point.

The ground level will have two larger apartments, while eight loft apartments are slated above, ranging between 800 and 1,000 square feet.

In addition to the unique window treatment, the design call for a unique exterior facade.

Elliott went with shotcrete for the outer material, and said in an interview that the sprayed concrete provides the texture that he was envisioning for the property.

“It goes back to the 1920s when builders were looking for materials that could create monolithic surfaces,” Elliott said. “It's not been used a lot in a long time, but we think it is right for what we're doing.”

Elliott says he envisions the communal space—which will also house a garden and be lined with LED lights—as a place for residents to have dinner, read or hang out.

“They will get to know each other and share this experience,” he said. “And that is what makes living in a place, in a neighborhood, really, really special.”

Oklahoma’s Lingo Construction is slated as the contractor on the project, which should begin later this year with an estimated opening in mid-2018.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Color + Design; Design build; North America; Residential Construction; Windows

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