Introducing Anthem House: An Architectural Vision and New Concept in Upscale Apartment Living
July 3, 2017
Development Transforms Former Industrial Site in Baltimore’s Locust Point Neighborhood
BALTIMORE (July 3, 2017) — Part nod to Baltimore’s history, part rallying cry, the name Anthem House evokes the feeling of camaraderie, celebrates the spirit of creativity, and honors the inspirations that drive each of us. A new $100 million lifestyle community in Locust Point, Anthem House challenges the boundaries of traditional apartment living and embraces the individuality, ingenuity, and inspiration that makes Baltimore bold, through its impressive architecture, design and programming. Anthem House isn’t just changing the concept of upscale apartment living, it’s revolutionizing the entire experience.
About Anthem House
Located on the corner of East Fort Avenue and Lawrence Street in Locust Point, Anthem House is minutes from both downtown Baltimore and I-95, yet in the heart of an eclectic, up-and-coming neighborhood. The new development has 292 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment residences which feature keyless entry, 9-foot ceilings, hardwood-style flooring, gourmet kitchens with quartz countertops, stainless steel Energy Star appliances, porcelain-tiled bathrooms, full-size washers and dryers, and more. Downstairs, Anthem House is home to 20,000 square feet of unique retail and dining opportunities including Bar Method and a coffee-to-cocktails café, Amber, with 6,000 square feet of office space for War Horse Cities on the 9th floor.
Inspired by the architecture of the San Francisco Bay area but true to its local roots, Anthem House combines convenience, functionality, and cutting-edge design from the ground up (not to mention a 360-degree view of the harbor and stunning views of the city skyline).
About The Development Team
Anthem House is owned and developed by Baltimore’s preeminent real estate and development firms, The Bozzuto Group, War Horse Cities, and Solstice Partners. They’ve brought together their talent, values, and resources to ensure its success as not only a residential and retail landmark but also a major turning point in the city’s ongoing revitalization.
“Anthem House represents a new era of upscale apartment living,” says Toby Bozzuto, CEO of The Bozzuto Group. “An era that combines exceptional design and incomparable amenities to create extraordinary experiences from the ground up. We crafted that vision into every brick, every detail, and every aspect of Anthem House. That promise means as much to us as it does to our residents and to Baltimore. At Bozzuto, we often talk about creating a ‘sanctuary’, but Anthem House is so much more than a refuge. It’s a place for growth, for community, for inspiration, and for extraordinary living.”
“Anthem House is a transformational project that incorporates all facets of smart, infill redevelopment,” says Solstice Principal Jeff Jacobson. “We are thrilled to have brought our early vision to fruition with our incredible partners.”
Before it was Anthem House, 900 East Fort Avenue was an abandoned industrial site in an underutilized part of the city. Whitman, Requardt & Associates (WRA) provided civic engineering services that prepared the site for development and optimized the design for a smooth integration into the Locust Point neighborhood. This included earthwork analysis, creation of strategic vehicular and pedestrian access, utility infrastructure coordination, streetscaping, and acquiring extensive permitting and approvals.
The Z-shaped plan of Anthem House, designed with KTGY Architecture + Planning (KTGY) and constructed by Bozzuto Construction, boldly takes advantage of an unusual site that slopes down toward the waterfront. Highly visible from across the Harbor, the building’s exterior appearance is more than a design statement – it also maximizes natural light in each residence, many of which feature stunning harbor and skyline views.
KTGY also programmed bronze-hued standing seam metal shingles on the residential entrance, eighth-floor penthouses and ninth-floor office – the three dominant exterior elements of the building – to capture the ambient light and activate the skyline and create strong directional accents and a dynamic identity. The subtle, yet striking, effect is achieved by arranging the tiles in random patterns, a classic technique that has been incorporated in such architectural landmarks as the Chrysler Building in New York.
“From the start, Anthem House and its location had an emblematic quality, presenting us with an opportunity to use architecture to build a sense of place for Locust Point residents,” said Rohit Anand, principal of KTGY Architecture + Planning. “It’s really a fantastic site and our vision was to use a mix of materials and techniques to create a residential community that will help energize the neighborhood through its inspiring design.”
RD Jones & Associates developed the creative vision of the interior spaces allowing the space to flow through three floors of the building. The dramatic lobby is an open format to connect residents to the leasing office and the adjacent restaurant, infusing a strong sense of place in the luxurious interiors. The design is modern, clean and industrial. It is carefully appointed with details, over scaled custom lighting and furniture and with unique creations by local artists.
Mahan Rykiel Associates performed the landscape architecture for the three-acre site. The landscape design for the development incorporates reclaimed materials and a native plant palette to reflect the site’s ecological and industrial heritage. Mahan Rykiel Associates’ scope included two elevated courtyard spaces and streetscape design. The third-story infinity pool courtyard employs a strong, industrial-yet-contemporary design aesthetic. The fourth-story courtyard creates a park-like space for residents overlooking Locust Point. It features a rock outcropping promontory, outdoor dining space and a spacious lawn. Both courtyards are arranged above the building’s structured parking. Ecologically-sensitive streetscaping along Fort Avenue and Lawrence Street reflect the forward-thinking nature of the project by utilizing micro-bioretention tree pits to treat the site’s storm water.
Anthem House offers an endless array of services and opportunities to fuel what drives you, including an unparalleled fitness center experience programmed by FX Studios, an around-the-clock concierge, collaborative workspaces, a resort-style pool and sundeck with stunning views of the harbor, a full acre of outdoor space and a calendar of unique events designed to inspire.
Anthem House is managed by an award winning team at Bozzuto that is dedicated to creating extraordinary experiences and providing comfort, convenience and opportunities for adventure to its residents.