58 Washington Street: Introducing a New Vernacular

Modern Mixed-Use Architectural Design

This 72,000-square-foot building will bring a substantially different experience to the City of Saratoga Springs’ current condo-style housing stock. The design of the 23 residential units, retail space, and sub-grade parking will start a trend toward a modern architectural style in the historic city’s transitional zones.

To respect the historic context and present a design of its own time, 58 Washington diverges from traditional materials but matches the mass and scale of its neighborhood fabric. Higher ceilings, large expanses of glass for light and views, and modern interior detailing and materials shift the local vernacular to a contemporary style.

Key Challenges and Solutions

  • The lofty penthouse levels are set back from the street for private and communal rooftop terraces. This also reduces the impact of shadows on neighboring structures and allows for a break in materials, introducing metal and glass to lighten aesthetics.
  • Rain screen technology throughout the main building is clad in terra-cotta panels to relate in color and material to the brick of surrounding structures.
  • High-efficiency mechanical, lighting, and plumbing systems, as well as increased building envelope performance will support the pursuit of an Energy Star rating from NYSERDA. The USGBC’s LEED sustainability design guidelines are also followed to support the possibility of a LEED Certification.
  • A green roof, solar collect panels, and a sand filtration storm water collection and treatment system are also being considered to enhance the building’s sustainability.


2009 Merit Award from AIA Eastern New York
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