Adam Anthony Pfeifer, NCARB

Lenexa, Kansas 66215

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+midtown residences

Location: Midtown Kansas City
Client: Withheld
Cost: Withheld

The midtown area, and specifically the 39th Street Historic District, offer a rich neighborhood diversity to Kansas City as a whole. Narrow streets with old growth trees help to create a nestled-in, cozy feel to the neighborhood while being only steps away from great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Also nearby is the world-renowned University of Kansas Medical School.

The client had acquired two parcels of land in the neighborhood that backed up to one another, with one parcel being a double lot. The challenge was to develop a single family house for the smaller lot while using similar language to develop a for-rent duplex on the double lot. Each 'unit' should include 3 bedrooms with an appropriate number of baths, a large open living space, and a contemporary aesthetic that would allow the structures to knit into the greater neighborhood fabric while still being "just a little different."

Both buildings incorporate similar planning with includes a large, main floor living space with vaulted ceiling, double height entry, and 3 bedrooms/ 2.5 bathrooms at the upper floors. The 2-story entry helps to separate the master suite from the remainder of the bedrooms on the second floor while also creating a reading nook in the master suite. Secondary living spaces utilize transom windows to help admit light while shed roofs help to bring down the scale against the neighboring 1-1/2 and 2-story houses.

The duplex is currently under construction with the single family home to start construction later in 2020.

This work was completed while at NSPJ Architects. Rendering completed by Nicholas Ouellette and used with permission.