THE GRANTHAM APARTMENTS, METUCHEN
Situated on the threshold of Metuchen’s development zone, The Grantham looks to act as a transitional parcel by linking Metuchen’s’ development plans with the established community. The projects’ massing attempts to reflect this intent through its materiality and massing. An unconventional site, the infill lot has no adjacent buildings. As such, the project attempts to respond to its environment and orientation in each elevation.
The massing steps down at the Centre St. facade to be more in keeping with the existing conditions and provide a welcoming street presence. The building is designed to potentially utilize prefabricated and modular construction techniques. Misalignment of the stacked modules provides definition to the façade and provides a high degree of surface articulation. Large deep set windows provide strong shadow lines which act to break up the mass. Extensive glazing takes advantage of the parcel’s long southern exposure while a roof terrace provides a communal recreation space.
At 137’-0” x 51’-0” and 45’ tall, The Grantham is a 28,717 sf 4 story apartment building. The building accommodates 22 apartments- (8) 1 bedrooms and (14) two bedroom units. 1 bedroom unit sizes are approximately 811 square feet. 2 bedroom unit sizes range from 845 to 968 square feet. With ceiling heights at 9’-0” and extensive glazing, care was taken to provide bright, airy, and free flowing units. Each unit is outfitted with its’ own washer and dryer as well as water heater. In addition to an exterior patio at grade, a roof deck and secure bike storage, individual storage units are provided in the basement.
With parking a short walk from the site, given the close proximity to the train station, the project is geared towards accommodating commuting professionals. The Grantham provides a well considered environment that maintains a scale and character representative of Metuchen’s history while offering the ease of use and amenities afforded by new construction.
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