The Platform is the first new building in South Norwalk's Transit Oriented District at the Sono Train Station. Its 106 units will be part of a 472-unit community that transforms the blighted area around the Sono Station, and forges connections to Sono's historic district. The project included the historic restoration of the adjoining Leroy Shirt Factory which is a 24,000 SF Brick Mill factory that is listed on the National Historic Register and converted to a mix of residential and commercial uses.
The contextual architectural response speaks to South Norwalk's history as a gritty industrial center. The building relates to its historic neighbor with a similar fenestration pattern and proportions. The building also references the historic vernacular architecture of the railroad with Corten steel decorative trusswork shielding a two-level garage at the entrance to the station.
The common areas of the building are focused on community building and place making. This project features a great room for gathering and co-working. The great room is a 150-foot-long by 22-foot-wide space with 20-foot-high ceilings. The structure, lighting, mechanical systems and fenestration actively participate in the design composition. The formal planning of the room in combination with the use of raw concrete and steel creates a highly ordered yet dynamic space that has been endowed with energy. Adjoining uses include a chef's kitchen and dining room that can be reserved by residents so they can entertain with large dinner parties. The gym features a basketball court that gets a lot of use, while pelotons look down on the action on the court. An outdoor pool allows for a refreshing dip after sunbathing. A firepit and outdoor grilling cabana offer additional gathering places.
Client: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners