1920 Vassar Dr NE is a 2-story apartment complex built in the 1950’s. Studio SW (with former Principal Shary Adams) worked very closely with the owners to update the existing building to create more comfortable units, as well as enhance the property and neighborhood. The existing façade is designed similar to an old motel. A few simple, yet effective design elements in the new design updated the site and building to meet the standards of privacy, comfort and style the owners were looking for. The walkway was moved away from the front wall by three feet with connecting bridges. This design feature helped to create a sense of privacy for the tenants upstairs, while still providing natural sunlight for the tenants below. By making the parking lot one-way and reducing the width, the façade was extended out to create private balconies for a few of the units, and minimize the heat absorbing blacktop. The new façade walls serve as privacy screens, shade screens and update the elevation to a contemporary design.