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Jackhammer / Onion Flats

  • Architects: Onion Flats
  • Location: 636 Belgrade Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
  • Project Team: Kurt Schlenbaker, Tim McDonald, Howard Steinberg
  • Green Roof & Rainwater Harvesting: G.R.A.S.S. (Green Roots And Solar Systems)
  • Owner / Developer: Onion Flats
  • General Contractor: JIG Inc (Project Manager Kurt Schlenbaker)
  • Leed Rater: Magrann Associates (Sam Klein)
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Tim McDonald

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From the architect. Formerly a convenience store and significant loitering/drug dealing corner property, Onion Flats said, neighbors seemed pleased when it caught on fire and was demolished in 2005. Onion Flats felt it was important to restore the life and sense of community to this small but unique corner of Fishtown. Their design has become the first LEED-H Gold Residential/Commercial live/work space in the City of Philadelphia.

While only 14’-0” wide and barely a 700 sqf site footprint, Onion Flats managed to create a vibrant, light-filled commercial space on the ground floor and basement as well as one residential dwelling on the 2nd and 3rd floors with a large green roof.

© Tim McDonald
© Tim McDonald
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