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Hampstead Woods Low Impact Site Development

Challenge

Well-known Iowa City Realtor Kevin Hanick was looking for a building site and an architect to help bring a new type of multi-family housing to the local market: open plan condos positioned in a beautiful setting, offering amenities to lure people out of their homes and into shared indoor and outdoor spaces.

Solution

The design features views of the surrounding woods and a lush central courtyard dotted with community spaces. Clean exterior lines and underground parking will keep the focus of the multi-family housing development on nature and the outdoors. Stormwater management has been integrated through a bioswale and woven throughout the central courtyard space. This blends with the surrounding trees and the restoration of native prairie areas that reflect the natural landscape.

Impact

Being connected to views of nature and experiences within can help reduce stress, blood pressure and promote a positive well-being. The focus is on creating a healthy community and not just a collection of dwellings—a community connected to this natural setting. The multi-family development project is scheduled to begin construction in 2018. Iowa City residents now have a unique option to consider when searching for high-end condominium living, allowing them to connect with their neighbors and take advantage of the outdoors—all within 3 minutes of downtown Iowa City.
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