The Wedgwood Buildings are designed as a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood retail center, including Starbucks. The site plan divides the property into two structures and sites them adjacent to 35th Avenue, which allows parking and vehicular circulation to be accommodated behind the buildings. This approach also allows pedestrians to interact minimally with traffic, and displays the tenants’ storefront and signage to traffic along 35th Avenue.
A palette of concrete masonry, brick, steel and glass are combined as well as cantilevered steel canopies and trellises to provide protection from the elements. An indoor-outdoor fireplace provides a pleasant meeting area on the southern patio. While facing site-specific challenges, Johnson Oaklief Architecture succeeded in creating a destination that continues to enrich the surrounding neighborhood.