In Pictures: A familiar color is emerging at Encore

The Encore Apartments will bring density to one of Salt Lake’s most important corridors.  The seven-story, 189-unit apartment building on the 400 East block of 400 South is framed out and exterior work has begun.  As the project is still underway, it is still early for a final critique.  But in its current state, the project appears to feed the City’s addiction to various forms of gray and white stucco (read beige).

The project has some good points, it avoids being a large box and its 2nd floor courtyard area faces 400 South instead of being hidden back behind the apartments.  The project has zero setback on Denver Street and 500 East, but it lacks real street engagement on 400 South.  The 400 South facing side of the development has what appears to be a setback of around 10 feet with landscaping that will separate Encore from the sidewalk.

According to Corey Johnson with Wasatch Advantage Group, the developers of the project, ground-floor retail wasn’t economically feasible for the Encore because mixed-use projects are more expensive and difficult to get financed.  Johnson stated that architects moved the leasing office and gym to the street level to balance the lack of retail.

Wasatch Advantage Group have shown that they can build projects that avoid creating residential islands and monochromatic exteriors.  Providence Place, another Wasatch Advantage Group development, has some street engagement without having ground-floor retail.  The apartments at the intersection of 100 South and 300 East have zero setback from the sidewalk and feature an exterior color palette that avoids the common whites and grays that dominate the recent multifamily developments in Salt Lake.

The Encore Apartments as seen from the intersection of 400 South and 400 East.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Encore Apartments as seen from the intersection of 400 South and 400 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from 400 South and Denver Street.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from 400 South and Denver Street. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from 400 South and Denver Street.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southwest corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from 400 South and Denver Street. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Encore Apartments as seen from 400 South.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Encore Apartments as seen from 400 South. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The open courtyard area will feature a swimming pool facing 400 South.   Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The open courtyard area will feature a swimming pool facing 400 South. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Encore Apartments.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Encore Apartments. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Encore Apartments as seen from the intersection of 400 South and 500 East.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Encore Apartments as seen from the intersection of 400 South and 500 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Encore Apartments as seen from the intersection of 400 South and 500 East.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Encore Apartments as seen from the intersection of 400 South and 500 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The west side of the Encore Apartments fronting Denver Street.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The west side of the Encore Apartments fronting Denver Street. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north side of the Encore Apartments.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north side of the Encore Apartments. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north side of the Encore Apartments.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northwest side of the Encore Apartments. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The north side of the Encore Apartments.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast side of the Encore Apartments. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from 500 East.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from 500 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from 500 East.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The northeast corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from 500 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The east side of the Encore Apartments as seen from 500 East.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The east side of the Encore Apartments as seen from 500 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The east side of the Encore Apartments as seen from 500 East.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The east side of the Encore Apartments as seen from 500 East. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from the 400 South and 500 East intersection.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The southeast corner of the Encore Apartments as seen from the 400 South and 500 East intersection. Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Encore Apartments as seen from the 400 South and 500 East intersection.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The Encore Apartments as seen from the 400 South and 500 East intersection. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

 

 

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.