Located in a unique part of downtown Madison, Seven27 is a high-end building featuring upscale apartments and amenities that support a vibrant urban lifestyle. The site is bounded by a commuter bicycle path corridor, a bucolic city park and the historic Tobacco Lofts apartments. The building’s shape and orientation accentuate views through the park to Monona Bay and form a generous private courtyard space for residents and their guests to gather.
The Seven27 central courtyard is an entertainer’s dream, providing a fire pit, built-in grills with adjacent counter tops and plenty of formal and informal seating. The elevated wood deck was designed as an ideal spot for sunbathing or evening gatherings. Challenged by a highly urban site, the courtyard is constructed above the building’s parking structure but it seamlessly melds the built environment with the landscape beyond.
Rain gardens are integrated into the site’s landscape to manage stormwater and provide a showy palette of native plantings that wrap around the building. Permeable pavers were also utilized at the building’s front entry and in portions of the modest at-grade convenience and accessible parking area. This project was the recipient of the 2016 Mayor’s Neighborhood Design Award for “Dynamic Multi-family Design.”