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SANCTUARY LOFTS

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client:

Assembly

status:

Complete

year:

2022

LOCATION:

Minneapolis, MN

sIZE:

12,000 SF

USE:

Affordable Housing

VALUES:

PRAGMATIC
REUSE

VALUE DETAILS:

Community Engagement

Nestled in the heart of southeast Minneapolis, Sanctuary Lofts emerges as a beacon of affordable housing, seamlessly blending heritage and modern living. Formerly the St. James Church, this visionary project by Assembly transforms four existing buildings into a multi-family apartment complex with approximately 21 thoughtfully designed units.

Sanctuary Lofts offers a diverse range of units, from cozy studios to comfortable two-bedroom apartments, each crafted with affordability in mind. The design, rooted in pragmatism and reuse, ensures that every square foot serves a purpose, creating homes that resonate with the diverse lifestyles of the community.

Envisioned as an all-electric building, Sanctuary Lofts is committed to environmentally conscious practices. The potential inclusion of solar panels for on-site energy generation, aligned with the project's green aspirations, is complemented by AWH Architects' dedication to preserving senior trees on the lot. This holistic approach reflects a commitment to sustainable, forward-thinking housing solutions.

Sanctuary Lofts pays homage to its origins, featuring original brick walls, wood floors, vaulted ceilings, and the timeless elegance of stained glass. These elements harmonize with contemporary conveniences, creating a living experience that honors the past while embracing the future.

Beyond the individual units, Sanctuary Lofts weaves a sense of community through shared amenities. A social hall, game room, pet wash, laundry facilities, bike storage, personal storage, and parking enhance the living experience, creating a community hub within the historic walls of St. James Church.

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