The city of Beachwood will soon have beautiful new luxury living options! Brickhaus Partners’ Twenty Four Hundred is under construction on Richmond Road, between Fairmount and Cedar.
According to Alexandra Yonkov, Principal, Brickhaus Partners, the townhome development will consist of four buildings with three residences in each. Architecturally all four are the same, but to avoid repetition, they played with shapes and colors. The exteriors will vary. One will be charcoal stained cedar, another will be metal clad, the third will be bleached cedar and the fourth will be cement board. The effect is meant to avoid a cookie cutter look and to create the appearance that each building is a single home. The entryways will be done in a warm cedar to be welcoming.
Twenty Four Hundred was challenging from the start, she says, because Beachwood did not want “modern architecture,” specifically objecting to flat roofs. “They wanted architecture that blends in with their traditional neighborhoods. So, we accommodated them by creating townhomes that marry modern design with the sloped roof of traditional architecture,” she explains. The solution has a creative twist. “There is no overhang and the angle of the roof is asymmetrical, elements inspired by Scandinavian design.” In Nordic countries flat roofs are seldom used because of the snow, and they also use a lot of wood in their construction. Their way of combining practicality and aesthetics is very much in line with Alexandra’s thinking.
All the town homes of Twenty Four Hundred will have metal roofs, in keeping with a modern aesthetic, as opposed to a traditional shingled roofs. According to Alexandra, the cost of metal roofs is almost twice as much as traditional materials. “The quality of design is the driving force,” she emphasizes.
Alexandra is an architect educated in her native Bulgaria. After ten years of working on both residential and commercial projects, she moved to London to study Project Management at the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. She serves as Project Manager for all Brickhaus construction.
“We were fortunate enough to collaborate with Horton Harper Architects,” she says, “They were so easy to work with.” Michael Horton, Principal and Co-founder of the firm, adds, “It has been a pleasure working with Alex on Twenty Four Hundred. She is multifaceted and often wears many hats. This gives her a unique perspective on our profession and allows her to develop creative solutions to the often complex problems that arise throughout the design and construction process.”
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