Varenhorst completed the design of a new four-building, environmentally-sensitive condominium complex on Venice Island along the Schuylkill River to revitalize an abandoned industrial site in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. The structure’s design incorporates a variegated perimeter, affording expansive views to residents while maximizing buildable area. There are 280 one- and two-bedroom units planned for the approximately 350,000 square foot project. Adding to the design challenges in this extensive project is the complexity of multifamily residential construction on a flood plain. Varenhorst worked closely with hydrological engineers to devise a safe and innovative approach that led to a modified house-on-sticks design.
This project was awarded the PA Society of American Registered Architects Merit Award 2007.