Mixed-use buildings are an urban staple which provide their own unique set of challenges for design professionals beyond single use buildings. The staff at Robert Treadon & Associates, Architects have many years of experience with addressing this array of challenges and channeling this potent energy and drive into the creation of unique spaces. Below are three highlights from Oxford, Ohio; home to Miami University.

The Princess

A New Mixed-Use Development
10 North Beech Street | Oxford, Ohio 45056
General Contractor: Jesse Baker Construction
Structural Engineer: Advantage Group Engineers, Inc
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: Hrezo Engineering, Inc
Electrical Designer: Downing Services Group, LLC

Situated within Oxford’s Mile Square core, the Princess was built on the site of the old four-screen Princess Movie Theater which suffered irreparable fire damage in 2014. This prominent four-story building features a speculative commercial tenant space on the first floor; ten high-end, Modern apartment units on the second, third, and fourth floors; and a fourth floor gym facility with two spacious, outdoor terraces for exercise classes. The re-built exterior canopy preserves the proportions and marquee-style lighting of the original — a distinct streetscape flourish for any future commercial tenant. Each apartment unit has been laid out so as to provide a large, industrial style window within each living room facing the street or an adjacent, open alley. Repetition has been eschewed in favor of a variated but still formal building — this feeling is manifest in the building’s continually recessing and slipping massing and differing apartment layouts.

The Princess – Exterior front elevation
The Princess – Canopy detail
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The Princess – South elevation of canopy detail from construction documents

1 West High

A New Mixed Use Development
1 West High Street | Oxford, Ohio 45056
Structural Engineer: Pinnacle Engineering, Inc.
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineer: Optimal Engineering

Rooted at the corner of High and Main Streets in Oxford, Ohio, 1 West High is an unabashedly urban building with a subtle Italianate fascia and brownstone style color palate. The building features a commercial tenant space on the first floor; an in-house fitness center on the third floor; and eleven loft-style apartment units. The nature of the site also allowed for the creation of an elevated outdoor terrace which is accessible to both business patrons and building residents alike. 1 West High also received a Finalist Award by the Tri-State Masonry Institute as part of their 2009 Architectural Awards.

1 West High – Exterior
1 West High – East elevation from construction documents

Bella Place

A New Mixed Use Development
20 East Park Place & 45 East Church Street | Oxford, Ohio 45056
Structural Engineer: Steven Schaefer Associates, Inc.
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineer: Optimal Engineering
Civil Engineer: Abercombie Associates

Nestled near a pair of verdant public parks near the intersection of High and Main Streets in Oxford, Ohio, Bella Place was designed expressly to capitalize on its double street frontage with two separate commercial tenant spaces facing opposite directions. Nine apartment units are situated throughout the second through fourth floors and each individual apartment unit within Bella Place was designed so as to be spread out over these three stories within the building. This unique design allows students an extra degree of privacy within their apartments and provides a tacit reflection of the energetic nature of Oxford’s collegiate lifestyle.

Bella Place – Exterior at front
Bella Place – Exterior at back
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Bella Place – Section through stairs within an apartment unit from construction documents