As one ascends the ONE PARK’s floors, the building transitions to more contemporary materials and style using more metal and glass. The design, material, and massing strategies become more contemporary and bold. Through mixing the styles, the ONE PARK serves as a gateway that transitions the neighborhood from older traditional looks to something more progressive, yet distinctly in the style of the City. The project’s vertical components are aligned along Lexington Road in order to step back the Grinstead Drive/Cherokee Park side which allows for a more contemporary approach to the design.
The interweaving of the horizontal residential and retail on Etley and Grinstead and the vertical components on Lexington are bound together with the sustainable green roofs on the seventh floor. The area is meant to gather the residents and provide more green space than the block has had in decades. At Etley and Lexington, there is a very dynamic meeting of traditional and contemporary components. At Lexington and Grinstead there is a larger merging of the traditional rectilinear forms that transition vertically into some dynamic faceting of the glass surfaces. As one moves higher, the faceting becomes contemporary, sculpted architecture which creates a unique gateway in Louisville.
Along with architectural variations in style, the massing strategy of the building evolves from the lower floors to the upper floors. While the base floors clearly define an urban building front as a continuous street wall, the upper floors begin to recess, have cut-outs, break up, and back away from the hard edges of the lower floors. This complements the contemporary approach to the design of the upper floors. This strategy relieves the street view from the imposing nature of the upper floors which are now stepped back.
Despite being next to Cherokee Park and Cave Hill Cemetery, much of the existing site is covered in impervious surfaces. This causes serious stormwater and runoff issues that can damage the surrounding environments.
ONE PARK will incorporate green roofs, permeable pavements, water-gathering tree wells, as well as other rain gathering and reuse strategies to mitigate stormwater runoff. It is intended that ONE PARK will drastically improve the land and the environment around it.
This block has been under-utilized for decades. ONE PARK has the capacity for filling housing, work, and stay needs that this area cannot attain in the surrounding neighborhoods. This block can transition into being a strong, progressive architectural voice in Louisville. It sets goals for mixing uses that provide needed services to the surrounding communities as a commercial activity node. ONE PARK meets these goals by establishing this node at a transition point in the City’s fabric, creating a gateway that not only serves, but enhances the surrounding neighborhoods.