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25 August 2017

HOK-Designed ARTerra Residential Tower Breaks Ground in Kansas City

The 12-story apartment building will complement the culture and diversity of the city’s vibrant Crossroads Art District.

The Crossroads Arts District, known for its galleries, boutiques and signature restaurants, will soon be home to one of Kansas City’s marquee urban residences. Developers Altus Properties and Copaken Brooks recently broke ground on ARTerra, a 126-unit residential tower designed to reflect the creativity and individuality of the Crossroads.

When it opens in late 2018 as the Crossroads’ first-ever apartment high-rise, ARTerra will total more than 200,000 square feet with a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

“HOK’s design team consistently delivers great design with great value for our projects,” said Josh Udelhofen, Altus’ managing director of development. “Their attention to detail on unit design and amenities actually improved our pro-forma projections while creating what will certainly be a signature building within the Crossroads District”

Located at 21st and Wyandotte, ARTerra features design elements that will make the building immediately recognizable both within the neighborhood and beyond. A social lounge on ARTerra’s rooftop offers residents and guests unobstructed views of downtown Kansas City and surrounding districts. At night, the glass lounge glows like a lantern, distinguishing ARTerra within the cityscape.

At street level, ARTerra’s glass-walled lobby and 2,000 square feet of retail space serve as a counterbalance to the rooftop lounge and engagement point for residents, guests and passersby. An outdoor pool and a terrace on the roof of ARTerra’s attached parking garage provide views of historic Union Station and the National World War I Memorial and Museum.

“We wanted ARTerra to respond to both the city skyline and the neighborhood streets,” said Jonathan Wirth, senior project designer at HOK. “We anchored the building’s amenities—pool, retail spaces, lobby—to engage Wyandotte Street to fit within the Crossroads’ urban fabric, while the social lounge hovers above as a beacon in the Kansas City skyline.”

Staggered balconies create a playful dappled pattern along ARTerra’s north facade. Perforated and solid metal panels provide the building’s east and west exteriors with a sleek, varied texture.

“HOK is thrilled to be working on this transformative project just a few steps from our office,” said Chris DeVolder, managing principal of HOK’s Kansas City studio. “Altus and Copaken Brooks have an exciting vision for the Crossroads District, and we are proud to be helping them bring that vision to life.”

HOK is leading the architectural design for ARTerra. JE Dunn is serving as contractor. ARTerra is the first building in Kansas City to be built using the Prescient® structural system, a prefabricated steel framing structure that reduces framing time and costs.