* The BSB Design Blog.
Just Damn Good Architecture

Making Modern Work with Suburban Multifamily Design

Modern elevations and interiors highlight unit individuality through contrasting forms, materials and design lines.

The Residences at Hamilton Lakes

Modern multifamily developments have been popping up more in larger cities as the modern trend continues to grow. But what about those who can’t afford to live in a big city or work elsewhere?

The Residences at Hamilton Lakes is located in an office development in a suburban area of Chicago, built for young professionals who may not work downtown or have access to a car. These young professionals still want the same lifestyle features as they’d find in an apartment downtown, so that was the goal. It’s not common to find the downtown vibe in this suburban area, so this project really stands out among the competition.

For Parc West, the large steel awning, glass railings, expansive windows, and light-colored stucco, siding and brick all cohesively create a modern impression.

Parc West is similar to The Residences at Hamilton Lakes. The site is close to major transportation, and the modern look makes the community feel as though it could be located in a large city even though it’s a drive to entertainment, restaurants and shopping.

Modern design in multifamily developments can go much further than market homes in the Midwest, for example. The clean look and unique individuality of modern design is more widely accepted in apartment communities. While a small portion of single family buyers seek out modern elevations, a large majority of younger renters and families are drawn to these clean-lined, progressive apartment projects. Developers include impressive amenities to further the appeal.

The clubhouse at The Residences at Hamilton Lakes definitely lives modern. The high ceiling with designed details, full-height windows and a top-grade industrial kitchen go above and beyond the typical integrated clubhouse. Even the unit interiors use countertops draped alongside the connected island, dark flooring and white walls to focus on the clean and simple design.

And when residents need to relax, a spa area with a sauna will make your building stand out from others. Oversized floor-to-ceiling glass windows inside and out help light cascade through interior spaces. The sauna’s tiled walls are placed at an angle so condensation doesn’t drip on anyone in the sauna. Even the smallest details can have a huge impact, ensuring that your next multifamily community is a perfect fit for future residents.

UP