61 (Studios to 3-Bedrooms)
The Orion, designed in tandem with its 'sister' building across the street, represents a gateway to the Melrose Commons community in the Bronx, New York. Designed to encourage home-ownership in the neighborhood, the 61-unit, 9-story affordable housing condominium building encompasses 81,231 square feet.
The three colors of exterior brick delineate the base, middle, and top of the building, which also harmonize with the existing palette of the emerging neighborhood. The large windows at the top bring a lighter quality to the mass as the building meets the skyline. Inside, the building's lobby offers a palette of warm materials, such as slate and wood, while the corridors are filled with daylight from the large windows.