Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Award Applicant: Forum Architecture & Interior Design
Architect/Interior Designer/Interior Merchandiser: Forum Architecture & Interior Design
General Contractor: Harrison Construction
Photographer: Uneek Image
Project Website: uniononfrank.com
The design palette of Union on Frank was established early in the project’s conception based on the historic beauty of the University of Alabama’s campus. Featuring elaborate brick facades, traditional limestone, arched storefronts and windows, decorative cornices and architectural brackets, the exterior of the building ties in seamlessly to the visual landscape of Tuscaloosa. Metal canopies are integrated into the large expanses of storefront to add interest at the pedestrian scale and reduce solar heat gain in the amenity spaces.
A shared access right-of-way bifurcates the site, separating the project into two buildings connected by a sky-bridge for internal circulation. The primary building along Frank Thomas includes the main entrance tower, four-story parking garage, which is partially subterranean, with five-stories of residential building above.
The project’s adjacency to the campus allows for easy walkability and biking to campus for students.