Jackhammer / Onion Flats

© Tim McDonald

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. 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.

Architect: Onion Flats (Plumbob Llc)
Location: 636 Belgrade St. Fishtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Project Team: Kurt Schlenbaker, Tim McDonald, Howard Steinberg
Owner / Developer: Onion Flats
Green Roof & Rainwater Harvesting: G.R.A.S.S. (Green Roots And Solar Systems)
General Contractor: JIG Inc (Project Manager Kurt Schlenbaker)
LEED Rater: Magrann Associates (Sam Klein)
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Tim McDonald

© Tim McDonald

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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Cite: "Jackhammer / Onion Flats" 15 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=123666>
  • Grumpy

    Another example of drinking and drafting.

    • Pierre

      Are you saying that’s a bad thing?

  • http://www.twitter.com/DG_rad David Garber

    I am in love. Onion Flats, come to DC!

  • JK

    Wow, this is a fantastic small urban housing project! The only thing I would change is that weak, semi-deconstructivist railing in the front…