How Baltimore Architects Are Rethinking the Rowhome

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Baltimore-based Trace Architects propose that we start thinking horizontally when it comes to rehabbing rowhomes.

Baltimore’s vacant rowhomes are a persistent conundrum. And part of that conundrum lies in the design of the rowhome itself. Its multi-story structure can be hard on residents with limited mobility, such as the elderly, while the small bathrooms and inconvenient bedroom layouts are less than ideal for families.

Trace Architects’ solution, detailed over at Curbed, involves redeveloping four adjacent rowhomes as three “flats”: one ground-floor senior flat and two family flats with twice the square-footage on the second floor. Trace wants to implement these redesigns a whole block at a time, with commercial spaces on the corners.

The idea is to design blocks that are suitable to residents at a variety of life stages, not only because “it makes a neighborhood more interesting to have people of different ages in it,” (as Trace points out in its proposal) but also so that it is easier for seniors to live comfortably in the same neighborhoods they grew up in.

To view Trace’s plans, see the article at Curbed.

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