Skylar Ross, Innovative Materials Blog, March 11th 2021

L on Liberty: A Modern Yet Historic Inspired Design

March 11th, 2021

If you take a walk down Liberty Street in Baltimore, you’ll realize how beautiful it is. It doesn’t take an expert to understand why the developers picked it as the location for the project that was conveniently named L on Liberty. Here is what makes this modern building whose design was inspired by the city’s history special!

L on Liberty – Basic Overview

The first thing you notice is that L on Liberty is that it’s a low-rise building and the first new structure in this area after three decades. The developers believe that a new building is the right move because it paves the way to re-energize and revitalize the entire zone. 

L on Liberty offers 71 units on 76,500 gross square feet. It’s nice to see the developers paid attention to the city’s history and the location’s specifics. They didn’t go with a modern design that doesn’t have anything to do with Liberty Street. Instead, they went to the city archives and searched how this place used to look.

The picture they found was from the 1950s, and it depicted the corner of Lexington and Howard Street. Thanks to the modern technology perks, the developers could get a better view of the facade. They used that photo as motivation to design a modern building that features a combination of a modern and historic design.

Why is the L’s Facade Its Top Feature?

If you ask those who worked on the project, they will pinpoint the tile facade as the best building’s feature. When applying the concrete tiles for the facade, the developers used an innovative and new adhesive and bonding agent. According to the explanation, they used the thin-clad Arris-Tile for the project’s facade. It’s not a concrete material but a compound made of carbon-silicate. That gave a unique look to this wooden building and ensured it fits well with the other structures nearby.

Another unique thing about this building is that the developers used high-quality materials and features. While other structures also feature double hung vinyl windows, you’ll find floor to ceiling options that will impress you. It’s something you don’t often see in affordable buildings like this one.

Affordable, but Loaded with Amenities

L on Liberty is now a housing apartment building offering budget-friendly prices. Although it was inspired by a historic design, it includes all modern amenities expected by an average buyer. While you are outside of this multi-family property, you’ll notice the courtyard between this and another building. It’s the best way of seeing this structure’s contrast compared to others. The designers’ idea was to turn the building that might have been an eyesore into something more modern, important, and pleasant to the eye. The brick style paneling is also a contrast to other historic brick buildings around Liberty Street. 

Once you enter the facility, you’ll notice how bright, open, and inviting the facility’s space is along with the numerous convenient features it has. The facility contains a storage room for bicycles and a fitness room for everyone who wants to stay in shape. The vegetated roof terrace is the perfect place to relax, especially when the weather is sunny. It’s worth noting the building has a LEED Gold certification that meets the principles of sustainable design. 

The developers finished the building in November 2019, and the total budget was approximately $12 million. It didn’t take long for the property to become fully-leased, which is another confirmation the developers did a great job. It’s understandable because it’s a downtown and walkable location situated in an attractive neighborhood. That’s why we expect to see similar projects that will further contribute to revitalizing the area.

Skylar Ross is a contributor to the Innovative Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Skylar is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.

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