Part 2 of my recent assignment for OKW Architects included exteriors of the newly completed luxury student housing development near ISU’s campus called The Flats on Main. (For Part 1, check out the images I made of the Bloomington Country Club.) The property is colorful and unique, with great lines. I was provided with roof access, allowing me to document the mod inner courtyard in, and green roof on, one of the three buildings. This was a LEED project. I was told the green roof was a Town of Normal requirement, helping reduce the amount of rain runoff flowing into the city’s sewers. All of that greenery soaks up rain. My housing was most definitely not this luxurious as an undergrad. Wowsa. 🙂 Times have changed. And apparently I am old, since comments like that are coming out of my mouth! The mixed-use development sits in a busy part of town, with lots of traffic, wires, poles, pedestrians, and even ongoing construction. There were traffic barricades all along the other side of the building visible below – and even construction crews using saws to cut seams in new concrete across the street, kicking up all kinds of dust.
Fortunately, my client wanted the images to show signs of life, but I still scouted carefully for angles that eliminated as many distracting elements as possible. Additionally, the buildings are situated very closely together, requiring my widest lens. So overall, having roof access was a lifesaver, because there weren’t many high quality street level perspectives. Thank you, OKW, for the opportunity to work with you on two fun and challenging projects!