The Pitman Tozer architectural practice built the audacious 7-storey Mint Street housing development located only 12 meters from a busy railway viaduct. The building, which combines market-rate and subsidized housing, does a great job tackling the challenges that come with its peculiar location.
For one, the building curves with the shape of its rail line. The windows boldly face out toward the trains, as placing them in this direction makes the building look more appealing and also provides it with more natural light.
Noise was obviously a major consideration for the building given its location. The living room windows are sheathed in acoustic glazing that reduces the amplitude of external sounds by 41 decibels.
Front-facing apartments also have an enclosed balcony which, when its windows are closed, acts as an additional sound buffer.