Bloomfield Meadows is a low-income senior housing project developed for the Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation. The construction budget was limited, yet the owner did not want the building to have the look or feel of a low cost project. We designed the building as two wings connected by a common area, which functions as both the main entrance to the building, and as a community room.
The residents as well as other senior groups active in the community use this space. The large outdoor covered roof area provides a “front-porch” sitting area, and the clerestory windows allow natural light to enter the community room inside. Patterned siding, divided-lite windows and doors, high pitch rooflines, detailed columns and privacy walls all contribute to the custom feel of the building and are consistent with the vernacular housing in the neighborhood. Each apartment has an exterior door to a semi-private patio, and the grounds are generously landscaped. Almost every apartment in this building was rented before construction was complete.