One Park Road
West Hartford, Connecticut
A property accommodating the existing Motherhouse for the Sisters of Joseph of Chamberg will experience a second life as One Park Road, a 294-unit multifamily housing complex. The Sisters will maintain their presence in a segregated area of the existing building, but the remainder of the existing building will be renovated for its new purpose as a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Certain portions of the building will be demolished to allow for additional apartment units and amenity spaces. The existing chapel will be renovated for amenity use for the apartments. The project also includes a four-story addition over a one-story parking deck.
This plan engages the public realm, with activated ground-level amenity spaces. The main entry is a dramatic two-story glass curtain wall that welcomes people into the lobby and frames views through the lobby into the interior courtyard, where a fire pit utilizes the existing boiler chimney. Planting berms lead to a pool and outdoor gathering space. The covered parking is generously screened with an extruded aluminum louver system that also performs as a green screen to allow plantings to climb.