9 East Mount Royal
Join ULI Baltimore as we learn about and tour the distinctive new apartment building at 9 E. Mount Royal, located in the heart of the Mount Vernon Historic District of Baltimore City.
Nine East Mount Royal is a new 7-story, 64-unit apartment building with indoor parking for 41 cars, retail on the ground floor, and tenant amenity spaces on the top level. Amenities include a fitness center, a conference room and indoor/outdoor gathering spaces with impressive views of the City. The project is located in a high-density neighborhood, easy-walking distance from shopping, restaurants, entertainment, universities, bus routes and the main train station.
The exterior design of the building is decidedly contemporary; but it reflects the historic context of its Mount Vernon neighborhood in its proportions and details. A notable feature of the exterior design is the use of terra cotta on the front facade. The terra cotta material wraps the front corners of the building and extends approximately two feet back along the side walls, before interfacing with full-height, vertical glass corner elements; at the top floor, the terra cotta extends along the side walls approximately 20 feet beyond the front plane of the building, highlighting the amenity spaces on that level. These design details provide mass and definition to the terra cotta “box”, and tie together the main street façade with its more modest side and rear elevations.
The building structure consists of five residential levels of fire-retardant wood-frame construction, above two parking levels of poured-in-place concrete. The project incorporates green building design strategies in accordance with the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) including efficient apartment layouts; large windows that provide an abundance of daylight for each unit; LED light fixtures throughout the project; Energy Star appliances; Water Sense plumbing fixtures; individual split-system HVAC in each apartment; DOAS roof unit with a heat-transfer wheel; continuous insulation on the exterior walls; and a vegetated roof for stormwater management.
This project was developed and constructed by Zahlco Management, LLC and designed by Waldon Studio Architects.
Donald Kann, Principal, Waldon Studio Architects