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The Beacon is a new development project that is set to be built on top of an existing concrete structure comprised of retail space and eight levels of parking.  Considerations of massing, services, and program produced a preference for the community spaces of The Beacon to be located on the penthouse level including a party room, roof patio, and a chef’s kitchen. Level 21 includes deluxe units with spacious skyline terraces. An exterior band of LED lighting around the edge of the terrace ceiling surface produces a dramatic ‘lighthouse’ effect, rendering The Beacon recognizable as a Cleveland address. Furthermore, play of light and dark during day and night hours results in varied color and reflectivity so that the building itself becomes its signifier. The facades of the building effectively mirror its internal organization, with a paneling system that transforms from dark to light, accentuating its height.

Composed of mostly one and two bedroom apartments, this project seeks to maximize space while minimizing the added load to the existing structure. In turn, the floor plan optimizes the net to gross ratio such that every possible square foot is dedicated to program and living space. These and other constraints have produced a layout that is typologically diverse. Targeting the millennial generation, the units come with flexible spaces that can be transformed into a variety of configurations.

Design Architect: NADAAA

Architect of Record: Westlake Reed Leskosky

NADAAA team: Katherine Faulkner, AIA, LEED AP; Nader Tehrani; Amin Tadj; Alex Diaz; Todd Fix; Richard Lee; Ergys Hoxha; Peter Osborne; Luisel Zayas

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