Mariner’s Watch Apartments is a 62-unit apartment building in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. The four-story design utilizes a courtyard configuration to maximum lake and skyline views for residents, while remaining sensitive to neighboring building types and neighborhood scale.
Parking is housed a half-level below grade beneath a post-tensioned concrete slab. This raises the first level of apartments a half-level above grade, creating a more desirable first floor of apartments and patios just above street-level. The front courtyard slopes gradually from the sidewalk up to the entry lobby, almost 5 feet above grade. The top floor’s footprint is pulled back from the building’s edges providing private and communal covered roof decks with scenic views. Pulling the top floor back from the edge also gives the building a less imposing presence in a neighborhood of mostly 3-story frame houses. The building is designed to meet “New Construction” requirements for Enterprise Green Communities.