Press | December 13, 2005

MAP Designs 124-Unit Palacio del Sol on Melrose Avenue

New York Real Estate Journal


Palacio del SoI, a 124- unit mixed-use, affordable housing apartment building in the Melrose Commons section of The Bronx, has opened as one of the largest and newest projects in that urban renewal area.


Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) designed the property, located on Melrose Avenue between 156th and 157th Streets, for developers Nos Quedamos/We Stay and L&M Equity Participants, Ltd.


Palacio del Sol, or “Palace of the Sun,” is a departure in affordable housing design. Its architecture transcends the visual expectations that have limited traditional affordable housing design.
Positioned at the southernmost edge of the urban renewal area, Palacio functions as a “gateway” to the Melrose Commons community, a fact that MAP Architects took to heart in developing a design scheme for the building.


“We chose the three colors of brick for the facade to harmonize with the existing palate of the diverse neighborhood,” said Magnusson. “This variety helps to break up the massing, which keeps the building-one of the largest in the area-from becoming overwhelming.”


In addition to its residential component, the building contains 13,035 sf of commercial space, which will be used for a supermarket.


The property will also house a new 2,650 sf headquarters for Nos Quedamos, the community organization whose efforts helped to establish Melrose Commons as an urban renewal area in the early 90’s.