18th Street Studios / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Architects: Fitzsimmons Architects
Location: , Oklahoma, USA
Year: 2012
Area: 16,706 sq ft
General Contractor: Maccini Construction
Structural Engineer: Obelisk Engineering
Photographs: Joseph Mills

© Joseph Mills

18th street is the axis to Oklahoma City’s premier arts and science high school. On the lot facing the high school entry, once stood two empty apartment buildings destroyed by fire a year prior to designing the new apartment. From unfortunate circumstances, began the opportunity to create a new catalyst for revitalization within an aging neighborhood consisting of mixed quality small apartments.

© Joseph Mills

Inspired by the notion that a well-designed apartment can be art, 18th street studios provides a lesson in proving that modularity, efficiency, and economy can be something inspiring and thought provoking. Elements of the surrounding brick buildings with flat roofs and large patios are configured into new forms, expressive of today, while respectful the past. Similar to the surrounding apartment context the studios have a central common stair leading to 4 units per floor apartment flats, but the new units are wide open plans that can be configured and arranged per tenant demands. The exterior patios are exaggerated and a generous and unique offering to the Oklahoma City market. Although all the units have the same kitchen and bath core, the module of the living and patio spaces vary among units creating subtly individual apartments.


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Cite: "18th Street Studios / Fitzsimmons Architects" 26 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=285150>
  • Jeanine H

    Just wondering …if these architects were looking into green ideas, would the use of Shipping Containers apply to this build? I’m sure anything IS Possible right?
    However, what a spectacular site on related out of such unfortunate circumstances! Absolute favorite!

  • jens christensen

    i get a feeling the scale to the human is off somehow- i dunno? maybe its the proportions. the plan is very open too but i guess thats the intention if its a 1-2 person apartment