Design Overview
These units, a total of four, were built at the corner of Tucker and Soulard in 2009. They serve as a template for further development by the same developer on other city lots. The site is owned by a consortium of not-for-profit owners: Red Brick Community Land Trustand Youth for Education and Health Soulard.

Incorporating a number of carbon-neutral strategies, the project attempts to marry sustainability with affordability, while also remaining sensitive to the area's historical context, blending the new with the old.

Red Brick Community Land Trust is partnering with Youth Education and Health in Soulard (YEHS) and Landmarks Association of St. Louis to create affordable, attractive, energy efficient housing. While this may seem like a tall order, there is precedent on Bohemian Hill to provide guidance and inspiration. The design needed to address challenging contextual parameters. From the streetscape, it's apparent that scale, materials and setbacks are important considerations in the design.

Program: Needed to address three major design challenges:

  • Historical relevance: The facade and elevation should not imitate or mimic surrounding buildings, but acknowledge the historical context.
  • Energy Efficiency and Accessibility: A major part of creating long-term affordability is intentional design that uses efficient, durable materials and maximizes energy efficiency through layout and mechanical systems. Although these design decisions can carry greater upfront costs, we believe in the long-term savings, especially for the home owner and users. Part of sustainability is accommodating users with a range of abilities; integrating universal design and general accessibility.
  • Affordability: Possibly the most important component to this site is making homes that are affordable to a low-income clientele (80% of Area Median Income). Red Brick experience shows that families are looking for 3-4 bedrooms (possibly with one bedroom on the first floor), ample kitchen space, and open space that is easy to maintain. A concise, easily replicated floor plan that can adapt to a home ownerÂ’s needs is ideal.

Goals and Process:
The goal is to create a solution that fits the context of the site, but could possibly be a prototype for similar conditions on other sites, particularly on Bohemian Hill. We encourage considering the massing and scale of a traditional row house common to parts of Soulard.