Ashland at the River Market will be a new-construction, 93-unit mixed-use building in downtown Kansas City, at the corner of Third and Walnut Streets. The design for the urban infill building is based on the significant influence of the surrounding neighborhood, and works to break down the scale of the new construction to more harmoniously meld with the existing scale and proportion of the River Market.
A contemporary palette of materials was selected to create an iconic identity while also integrating with the existing historic context. As with most urban infill sites, the dramatic grade change of the site was a challenge that needed to be overcome in a very small footprint. An unconnected two-level garage with two levels of street front retail became the solution to this potential obstacle.
There are several unique aspects to this project. Immediately opposite the site is the only center-street stop for the Kansas City Streetcar. The passenger shelter faces Ashland, engaging a linear, adjacent relationship with this shelter through a dynamic seven-story curtain wall helped to ground the project in the context and local infrastructure while celebrating the new streetcar. Additionally, several art walls have been integrated into the streetscape to promote and foster Kansas City’s growing art scene. One of these art walls allows for a rotating exhibition to the street, while simultaneously acting as a light well into the leasing office.
Last but not least, an almost 7,000 sf private, landscaped roof terrace with a direct connection from the clubroom and the fitness facility will offer tenants a spectacular view of the neighborhood. We have successfully blended traditional and contemporary aesthetics through our careful use of materials, fenestration and detailing in a classic, historic proportion, for a timeless look.
Ashland at River Market is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
“Six-Story River Market Apartment Project Wins City Council Approval”, City Scene KC