The Aurora is an 8-story, 91-unit, mixed-use condominium building in the Bronx. Situated on the northernmost parcel of the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area, it was developed on the largest and longest site in the neighborhood. In response to this situation, we broke down the impact of a potentially long street wall with massing to articulate into facades, special features, and setbacks.
The central portion of the building is shifted off center to present its main facade to the open space created by George Meade Plaza and the adjacent police precinct building, as Third Avenue winds through this area. In order to create a more open bay with vertical expression and larger glass areas, these special features were created by rotating the structural system. Vertical fins delineate the main residential and retail entrances.
As an ownership building, such features as balconies are incorporated, to bring special expression to the massing. Additional features that distinguish the property as an ownership building include private terraces and special finishes inside select units. A fully landscaped multi-level terrace at the second floor encloses the ground floor parking area, while providing outdoor space for all residents.